balboa island improvement association

improving the island since 1918

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about balboa island - Activities are in abundance here on the island. Learn more about us by selecting from the links below...

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Events - balboa island - Has Several Annual Celebrations - Make sure you catch one of these...

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Welcome to Balboa Island, CA

This is the Balboa Island Improvement Association's guide to Balboa Island. This guide offers listings of accommodations, activities, activities, maps, and travel information. Hopefully, this guide shall assist our visitors in enjoying the best of what Balboa Island has to offer. Stop by and stay a while, and see why many refer to this beautiful island as "The Host of the Coast".


Newport Harbor 4th of July Boat parade

California's largest and one of the nation's most well established Patriotic boat parades, Newport Harbor's 4th of July Boat parade. The boat parade sees over 100+ vessels cruise through the harbor of Newport Beach, CA
When: Wed, 4th of July, 2012, 1 pm - 4 pm
Where: Newport Harbor/Balboa Island
Price: Free!

American Legion Yacht Club

The parade will form at 1230 off Collins Island (see Parade Map enclosed). The Harbor Patrol Fire Boat, followed by the VIP Boat, will lead the parade. The parade will begin promptly at 1300 (1:00 pm).


Best: Tugboat, Wooden Classic, Dinghy, Electric Power, Sail

Categories: Sweepstakes Trophy, Commodores Trophy, Best theme, Best Sound / Music, Best Animation, Best Decoration, Best Costumes, Best Spirit, Spirit of Freedom

Welcome to Balboa Island :

History of Balboa Island - Come see what made this historic island great.

About The balboa island improvement association

In 1918 the Balboa Island Improvement Association was started (and is still going strong). The BIIA was a strong motivating force in working with the City on bulkhead repair, ferry service, a sewer system, water, gas, electricity, paved streets and sidewalks, and street lighting.

The American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291

Every year, The American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 celebrates the 4th of July with a Boat Parade. The event fills the harbor with boats adorned in red-white-&-blue celebrating the time-honored Old Glory Boat Parade. Newport Harbor, Balboa Island

You are in for a patriotic surprise as all kinds of boats try to outshine each other waiting for the loudest ovations from onlookers. The spirit of competition drives the participants to out-do themselves each year hoping for a trophy inscribed with “best decorated”, “outstanding music”, “finest costumes”, “most creative animation” and “greatest spirit” maybe even the Commodores Award!

The Old Glory 4th of July Parade truly began very casually in the 50’s as the “Character Boat Parade.” As the years passed, the Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce took the helm and built her into a grand parade. Today the American Legion Yacht Club hosts the boat parade.

This year the American Legion, Newport Harbor Post 291, 15th St., Balboa Peninsula, celebrates its 84th year, with over 2,500+ members is the largest post in California and the only one in the world that has a yacht club. Everyone involved has had a taste of serving their country, whether it is directly or through families.

The All Day Gala at the American Legion begins with a pancake breakfast from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. ($10) and a raffle.  Lunch is served from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. ($10); dinner is available.  In addition, watch the Old Glory Boat parade as it cruises by the American Legion during the festivities.

For Information/Entry Forms for the Old Glory Boat Parade please contact the American Legion Newport Harbor Post office: 949-673-5070

On the Water...

From George Washington in a kayak to a Mississippi riverboat adorned with American flags. However, the surprise of the year was a little known entry, "Moonshine" by Pat and Meridee Banas featuring Balboa Island's very own Patio Chair Drill Team which took the Grand prize, the Sweepstakes trophy. Winner's of the Spirit Trophy last year on a different vessel, the Patio Drill Team are no strangers to victory. They toiled tirelessly for 4 hours entertaining the crowd with their patio chair routine timed with patriotic music. In addition, some rumored that Arnold Schwarzenegger himself was on the boat taunting the public to join the patio chair team by lifting their chairs on the loud speaker, but no one is willing to confirm the Governor's presence.

With thousands of onlookers, the boats entertain the crowd with the themed decorations, music, and in the case of this year's Sweepstakes winners, Live entertainment.

At The Awards Banquet

At the banquet, the team waited silently as each of the 16 trophys were handed out. One by one, as each trophy was handed out, their hearts grew dimmer. When the previous year's trophy, the spirit award was handed out to another entry team, the Patio Chair team thought that their chances were done. However, the final honor, when announced, was received in disbelief - needless to say the Balboa Team erupted!

Congratulations team!

So next time your strapped for a destination for the Fourth of July, consider Balboa Island and watch the American Legion Boat Parade.