Santa Barbara West Beach Fourth of July Celebration

By John Palminteri

If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate this Independence Day, there’ll be no better place than the Santa Barbara Waterfront. A full slate of festive, fun and family-friendly activities is planned throughout the day, including the return of free live music and dance performances!

The festivities will be capped off with a bang during a 20-minute fireworks display, care of Garden State Fireworks and sponsored by the City’s Waterfront Department. Fireworks will launch from West Beach starting at approximately 9 p.m. The show will be simulcast on local radio station KJEE 92.9 FM and live streamed on The City thanks KjEE and KEYT for their support of this community event.

Here’s a list of some of the fun on tap…

West Beach – All-American Patriotic Celebration –  Hosted by Drew Wakefield and John Palminteri

This is a FREE event.

Noon – 8:50 pm: Live music at the West Beach bandstand. Featured acts include:   

noon         The Detar Music Review

12:30 pm  Drifting Dimension 

1:30 pm    Sweetheart Sisters 

2:00 pm    Why Golf Why

3:00 pm    Brandi Lentini and Band 

4:00 pm    Santa Barbara City College Brass Band -Slideways  

5:00 pm    Old Spanish Days Fiesta Dancers

5:30 pm    La Boheme dance – Santa Barbara’s award winning dance group 

5:45 pm     Ridin’ the Storm Out (REO cover band),  

6:50 pm     False Puppet

7:30 pm     La Boheme dance – Santa Barbara’s award winning dance group (2nd set) 

8:00 pm     Petty Set Go  (Tom Petty cover band featuring Hector Hurtado).  

This event is sponsored by funding from community partners including:   
Bunnin Chevrolet, The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, American Riviera Bank, Montecito Bank & Trust, Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners, The Berry Man,  Oshay Family Foundation, Giffin Equipment, Sol Wave Water,  Montecito Customs,  Dario Pini Investments.

Special thanks to:  Roger Perry Insurance,  Kim Stabile (Timbers Roadhouse) and Hector Hurtado (stage manager), DARVIC productions,  along with the Santa Barbara PARC Foundation – Michelle McDonnell.

The beach area show is a family friendly presentation with :  NO alcohol, pets, pits, smoking/vaping, or illegal fireworks.

● 9pm – 9:20pm: Fireworks! Presented by Garden State Fireworks and sponsored by the City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department. Fireworks soundtrack will be simulcast on local radio station 92.9 FM KjEE.

The Santa Barbara Police, Fire, Harbor Patrol and AMR will have additional resources in the area.

Cabrillo Boulevard sidewalk at West Beach
• 11am – 9pm: Festive food and vendor booths including Timbers Roadhouse, Tinkers Hot Dogs, Lidos Philly Cheese Steaks, and Bombazo’s burritos.

Cabrillo Boulevard will be closed to traffic at 6 p.m. to accommodate the Fourth of July crowds.

Stearns Wharf

● 2pm: Free face painting 
● 4pm: Live music featuring Area 51

For more information about Independence Day events contact:
Chris Bell
Waterfront Public Information Officer

For more information about the stage show call:
Drew Wakefield  805 403-9201
John Palminteri  805 452-5632

July 5th Beach Cleanup Volunteer Opportunity
With thousands flocking to Santa Barbara beaches for Independence Day, unfortunately a lot of litter ends up on the sand. This year, you have two opportunities to be part of the solution. First, make sure you pick up after yourself before you leave the beach on July 4th. Second, if you’d like to take it up a notch, volunteer to help cleanup on July 5th.

For the first time, the Waterfront Department will be partnering with Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and other non-profits to conduct beach cleanups of Leadbetter Beach and East Beach from 9am-11am on July 5th. To sign up, go to:

Gloves and buckets will be provided so all you need to do is show up.


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Legendary reporter and man on the street, John Palminteri

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