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Old Glory Boat Parade: Rides for service members needed

by Newport Ocean Sailing Association 2 Jul 2021 08:28 PDT July 4, 2021
Old Glory Boat Parade © Newport Ocean Sailing Association

Old Glory Boat Parade Returns: Rides for Veterans and active-duty servicemen and women needed!

Our friends at the American Legion Yacht Club, hosts of the venerable "Old Glory" 4th of July Boat Parade are looking for boats not only to enter the annual parade but to welcome military service members aboard. The Club is expecting a larger than usual turnout of invitees (perhaps due to the high-profile Grand Marshal) and is hoping to get everyone aboard a participating boat who would like to.

Registration is free and available at

According to organizers, the club is looking for vessels that can take 8 or more guests, if possible. If interested, please send an email to for more details.

If you do not have room, but would like to participate, Grand Marshal Lt. General H.R. McMasters, will lead the parade aboard ALYC's club boat Valor through Newport Harbor. Festivities start at 1:00 p.m. off the east end of Lido Island and follow a course throughout the harbor for about two and a half hours. Two VIP boats filled with active-duty servicemembers and veterans will follow Valor.

"We are especially honored to have retired Lt. General H.R. McMaster join us in the parade this year. He represents all that is great about this country through his faithful service of 34 years in the Army and his leadership and commitment to those who served with him," said ALYC Commodore Bruce Batcheller.

A parade map, approximate viewing times, as well as other details of the event is also available online.

The theme is "Let Freedom Ring," Participants will compete for awards in categories such as Best Decorated, Finest Costumes, Most Creative, and the Commodore's Award.

Happy and safe sailing, racing, and celebrating everyone!

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