Whether you're going to the Old Glory Boat Parade in Newport Harbor or setting off fireworks in Costa Mesa, public safety officials encourage you to be safe by following these guidelines.
• Only "safe and sane" fireworks that have the state fire marshal's seal of approval on the packaging are legal. Any fireworks that shoot into the air are illegal.
• Fireworks may only be discharged from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
• Fireworks are not permitted in the city's parks or any public parking lot or on school property.
• Before lighting fireworks, always read the directions, and use them outside away from buildings, vehicles, dry grass and other flammable objects.
• Have a bucket of water on hand for emergencies and for dousing misfired and used fireworks.
• Never throw fireworks at another person.
• Never attempt to relight or fix malfunctioning fireworks.
Personal-use fireworks are illegal in Newport Beach, but the city encourages residents to attend a professional fireworks show to celebrate the Fourth of July.
The following roads and areas will be closed from 10:30 a.m. Friday until the early morning hours of July 5:
• Southbound Orange Street at West Coast Highway
• Via Oporto from Via Lido to 32nd Street
The following parking areas will be closed from 7 p.m. Thursday until at 7 a.m. July 5:
• The City Hall parking lot on Finley Avenue
• The public parking lot on Superior Avenue and Coast Highway
• The streets on Balboa Peninsula will be open. However, the Newport Beach Police Department may issue closures if the need arises.
On the Fourth, text NBJULY4TH to 888777 to receive updated road closure information and other community advisories.