4th of July Celebration Events!

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4th of July Celebration Events!
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Although our annual summer holiday may be smack dab in the middle of the work week, it doesn't mean you can't have some fun! There are several free 4th of July events throughout Santa Barbara County, and many events where you can buy tickets. 

Below are highlights of some events and activities to keep you entertained:

55th Annual 4th of July Parade & Sunken Gardens Concert

Parade: 1:00 p.m. on State Street
Concert: 5:00 p.m. Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens
Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation is again pleased to be hosting the 55th annual Fourth of July Parade along State Street and the free evening concert at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens. The organization is responsible for many veteran-related and patriotic events throughout the year. They include the Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade, the Military Ball, and Memorial Day Ceremony, which honor all of those who have died in military service to our country, local veterans and active duty service members.

The parade begins at 1 PM. at the intersection of Micheltorena and State Streets and travels down State Street to Old Town Santa Barbara at Cota. More than 175 agencies are expected to participate. There will be military color guards, fires and law enforcement agency members, marching bands, Boy Scouts, dance troupes, Knights of Columbus, military vehicles, vintage cars decked out in red, white and blue and more. Floats and vehicles will be on public display after the parade on State between Cota and Haley.

West Beach Music & Fireworks

Music: Noon to 9:00 p.m., Fireworks: 9:00 p.m.
West Beach, Santa Barbara

On Wednesday, the City of Santa Barbara hosts its all-day Fourth of July festivities along the waterfront. Come for music, food, fun, and sun with an all-American celebration at West Beach. Working with its nonprofit partner, local musicians will bring fun summer sounds and patriotic music to a West Beach stage, and food vendors will stage along Cabrillo Boulevard from State to Castillo streets from noon to 9 p.m. 

The day of celebration ends with a bang during a 20-minute fireworks display, care of Garden State Fireworks and the City’s Waterfront Department. Fireworks will launch from West Beach starting at approximately 9 p.m. and be simulcast on local radio station 92.9 FM KjEE and live streamed on KEYT.com. The City thanks KjEE and KEYT for their support of this community event. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early for the free fireworks display or tune in to KjEE to enjoy the choreographed production from anywhere in the city.

Stearn's Wharf Music

11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Stearn's Wharf, Santa Barbara

Stearns Wharf is keeping its music line-up and family-friendly fun from 11 a.m. until the fireworks begin. The Wharf is also a prime spot to view the show!

Live music provided by Musicology’s SeaCliff and Notes for Notes® Jazz Villains (11:00AM – 3:00 PM) and Tequila Mockingbird (From 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM), Face painting, Festive treats, Jewelry, art, crafts, gifts, and toys, Wine tasting, fishing, food, and more.

Girsh Park Fireworks

5:00 p.m.  - 10:00 p.m.
Girsh Park, Goleta
Tickets Needed

The Fireworks Festival is a charitable event sponsored by The Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime and The Rotary Club of Goleta. More activities for all ages featuring UCSB’s climbing wall. Of course, we will have our traditional contests, sack races, face painting, mini Ferris wheel, games for kids over 10, including corn hole, and the ever popular hula hoop contest! http://goletafireworks.org/

SB Elks Free Family Fun Day Celebration

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
150 North Kellogg St, Goleta

This year’s 4th of July Family Fun Day Celebration will offer something for everyone. There will be a Children’s Area set up with face painting, numerous games, crafts, coloring, and a Bounce House.

For the adults, there will be Bingo and music, along with silent and live auctions throughout the day with plenty of prizes for the lucky winners. Winners payouts will total $3,000 throughout the day.

Bake goods, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, ice cream, and beverages will be sold for a nominal fee between 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

SBCC Family-Friendly 4th of July Celebration

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Great Meadow on West Campus of Santa Barbara City College

The fun begins at 4:00 p.m. at the Great Meadow on West Campus and the Winslow Maxwell Overlook on East Campus (see link to campus map below). Food will be available from 4:00-8:00 p.m., with food trucks from Romanti-Ezer, Fernando's Churros and Pacific Cafe. You are welcome to bring your own food but please be advised that no alcoholic beverages are allowed on campus or in our parking lots. Campus rules regarding alcohol and smoking will be enforced.

Enjoy live music on the West Campus Lawn by local band Derinkuyu from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Derinkuyu is a Santa Barbara based band influenced by Afro-beat, Reggae, Hip Hop and Soul.

Click here for a map of the SBCC campus.

Arts Fund Community BBQ

11am - 3pm
Funk Zone, Santa Barbara
Tickets Needed

Head over to The Lark parking lot for a community 4th of July party with BBQ Brisket, Pork Ribs, Pasta Salad, Grilled Corn, Coleslaw, craft beer, wine and craft cocktails. A portion of House-made Ice cream sales will go to The Arts Fund. Be sure you stay for the "Sauce-Off" competition from each restaurant and join in on some cornhole toss fun! Wednesday, July 4, 11am to 3pm at The Lark (131 Anacapa Street). Come down and enjoy the BBQ before the fireworks! Streets close at 3pm.

Splash Bash

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Goodland Hotel, Goleta
Tickets Needed

Celebrate the Fourth of July poolside with The Goodland Hotel! We'll have gourmet hot dogs, great cocktails and ice-cold beer! Music by DJ Darla Bea. This event is free and open to the public. 12:00pm to 5pm. 

Rock the Rooftop

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Canary Hotel Rooftop, Santa Barbara
Tickets Needed

Finch & Fork and the Canary Hotel are celebrating the 4th of July with Rock the Rooftop, an open-air party full of bites, sips and views. Join in on the fun, and soak in the Santa Barbara views with sips - like boozy slushies - and bites - like a slider bar with beef, fried chicken and pork creations. DJ Proper will be onsite providing the beats. Rock the Rooftop will take place on Wednesday, July 4 from 4-8pm. Tickets are $30, which includes entry and access to the slider bar. Tickets can be purchased online at NightOut.com, or at the door.

Solvang Rotary Parade & BBQ

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Solvang Park in Solvang

This year’s theme is “American Heroes”. The parade features floats, cars, marching children, horses, motorcycles, and more. A free concert and barbecue follows the parade at noon.

Fireworks Spectacular in Lompoc

5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Lompoc High School in Lompoc

Features family-friendly activities, onsite food and drinks, prize giveaways, and more. Presented by the City of Lompoc Recreation Division and community sponsors.

Fireworks Show and Street Faire in Santa Maria

5:30 p.m.
Sierra Vista Park, Santa Maria

Features live music from Nothing But Trouble. Picnicking is permitted, but no barbecuing, tailgating, glass containers, or tent canopies will be allowed. Refreshments will be for sale from local food trucks. Concludes with the Community Fireworks Show.

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a-1561586622 Jul 04, 2018 11:08 AM
4th of July Celebration Events!

Walking in the neighborhood this a.m. and heard a lot of loud "music" from Elings Park. Is there something happening there as early as 9 a.m.?

Ryan93105 Jul 03, 2018 08:05 PM
4th of July Celebration Events!

Weather seems to be permitting, based on tonight's current conditions. Relatively speaking of course, what with it being No-Sky-July an all.

Ryan93105 Jul 03, 2018 08:03 PM
4th of July Celebration Events!

How nice that there are so many local events in our local community to celebrate Independence Day. Hope everyone has a great time and gets home safe, and hoping people anticipate possible sounds and lights in their vicinity and protect their pets accordingly.

a-1561586622 Jul 03, 2018 02:42 PM
4th of July Celebration Events!

Will Mayor Murillo be in the parade tomorrow? Maybe she will hand out small USA flags or lapel pins.

a-1561586622 Jul 03, 2018 02:03 PM
4th of July Celebration Events!

I have my flags out and am enjoying the 4th of July, as I always have. Nothing has changed for me this year in terms of my patriotism. I stand strong for the United States, the U.S. Constitution, and high standards of human decency.

mrtrump Jul 03, 2018 12:39 PM
4th of July Celebration Events!

God bless America on this happiest Fourth of July in a long time. Our country's coming back- stronger, safer and greater than ever. It is a new day in America.

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