With 243 years of tradition behind it – the Fourth of July is one of America’s most cherished holidays. It’s when our nation became united, free, and independent states and we celebrate with a day off, a backyard barbecue and plenty of fireworks. Here’s how we do it in the Santa Barbara area – enjoy!
Montecito’s Annual Village 4th of July Parade
The Village 4th is the Greatest Tiny parade in the world! For decades, the community has supported and come out for this patriotic and community-based annual tradition. The parade starts from San Ysidro at East Valley and ends up in Lower Manning Park. There’s a celebration and country fair at Manning, including food, beverages, live music, and fun for the entire family. Free to all!
11:30 am on . . .
Upper Manning Park | 449 San Ysidro Road | Montecito
DOWNTOWN SANTA BARBARA
56th Annual Fourth of July Parade
Hosted by The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation. The parade begins at 1:00 pm at Micheltorena and State Streets and continues down State to Cota Street. It feature entries from the Santa Barbara Fire Department, Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 218, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Pipe and Drum Corps, La Boheme Dance Group, elected officials and more. Spectators are asked to wear red, white and blue for the event, and to bring American flags to wave. Free to all!
Fourth of July Concert
The concert at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Garden is presented by the West Coast Symphony Orchestra and features patriotic favorites and pieces from Ellis Island: The Dream of America and the world premiere preview of David Stern’s finale to his “Neo Romantic Violin Concerto.” Bring your beach chairs and blankets for this Santa Barbara tradition brought to you by the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation. Free to all!
Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Garden | 1100 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara
4th of July Art Show
A day of great weather, people watching, food and fun on the grounds of the Old Mission Santa Barbara. 100± artist including jewelers, glass blowers ceramics, painting, unique objects, woodwork and more. Free admission and free parking.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Old Mission Santa Barbara | 2201 Laguna Street | Santa Barbara
SANTA BARBARA WATERFRONT
Music | Food | Shops | Fireworks
There will be Fourth of July activities at the Santa Barbara waterfront all day with live music on Stearns Wharf starting at 11 am and entertainment on West Beach starting at noon. Food vendors and a music variety show featuring local musicians. Join in on the face painting, local shops, live bands. End the day with the 9:00 pm fireworks show and music at West Beach. A simulcast of which will be broadcast on 92.9 KjEE.
Logistics: The City of Santa Barbara is closing the Stearns Wharf parking lots between 3 and 9:30 pm although its bike racks will still be available throughout the day. Waterfront shuttles and local buses will run as normal until 3 pm when they will start following an altered schedule available on the MTD website.
11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Waterfront and Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara City College
Annual fireworks viewing at the Great Meadow on its West Campus as well as the Winslow Maxwell Overlook on the East Campus. The campus, from which the West Beach fireworks are visible, is a family-friendly option for Independence Day, with live music entertainment from 6 to 8 pm and food trucks from 4 to 8 pm Campus rules will be enforced throughout the viewing, meaning no fireworks, alcohol or barbecues are allowed. Proceeds from the $10 parking fee will support SBCC’s athletics program.
Santa Barbara City College |721 Cliff Drive | Santa Barbara
Old Fashioned 4th of July
Goleta’s hometown festival featuring live music and entertainment, hayrides, delicious BBQ, games, local artist, classic cars, old engines show and plenty of family friendly fun! Hosted by the Goleta Valley Historical Society. Adult tickets are $7 and admission is free for children and members of the Goleta Valley Historical Society.
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Stow House & Rancho La Patera | 394 North Los Carneros Road | Goleta
Goleta Fireworks Festival
Bounce houses, face painting, climbing wall and many more games and activities. Try the sack reface or hula hoop contest! Bring you dancing shoes and enjoy the music fro the DJ and main band. The spectacular fireworks show begins at 9:00 pm after the National Anthem and flag raising ceremonies. The Santa Barbara-based band Area 51 will perform throughout the day until the fireworks show, which begins at 9 pm. The Rotary Clubs of Goleta. As a family-friendly event, no alcohol or pets are permitted on festival premises. Adult entry is $10 per person with children 12 and under free.
5:00 pm on . . .
Girsh Park | 7050 Phelps Road | Adjacent to Camino Real Marketplace