Summer Is Here!!

I always love the lazy, and sometimes hazy, days of summer! Sometimes it takes getting into July to get those warm, sunny days, but they always come.

The summer brings some amazing events to our doorstep. Four of them are featured in our Hot Summer Happenings feature. You may have guessed that the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters would be at the top of the list. The Festival, celebrating its 86th year, and the Pageant, its 85th, are just as relevant today as when they began. Having world-renowned arts events right here in Orange County is quite amazing.

Celebrating July the Fourth is great fun in Newport Beach. Whether it’s the Newport Harbor “Old Glory” Fourth of July Boat Parade–you just can’t help but love all the patriotic boats and happy, smiling people celebrating our nation’s birth–or the exciting fireworks at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, sponsored by the City of Newport Beach, you will feel proud to be an American! The family-friendly events offered by Newport Dunes throughout the day also make for great fun.

And, if surfing is a favorite sport of yours, the 2018 Vans US Open of Surfing is scheduled July 28 through August 5 at Huntington City Beach. The price is complimentary to see the sport’s top surfers compete in the the world-renowned challenge.

Another July highlight is the Orange County Fair, which begins on July 13. We’ve featured three of the performers scheduled for July appearances at the 2018 Toyota Summer Concert Series at Pacific Amphitheatre. They are groups you will recognize–Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Kool & The Gang and the Village People, and Earth, Wind & Fire. How’s that for a trip down memory lane?!

Enjoy our travel story on Boston, since we are celebrating our country’s birth this month. The state of Massachusetts celebrates a state holiday, Patriots’ Day, to commemorate the 1775 Battle of Lexington and Concert and the first shots fired in the Revolutionary War. Now, that’s patriotic!

I hope you’ll enjoy some of the amazing events we’ve highlighted this issue. After all, the sun really starts shining in July. You have no excuse!

Until next time,

Donna Bunce, Editor

Cover Photo: Courtesy of Ana Launes