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The Fourth of July 2016 in Santa Barbara

It's happening here! The City of Santa Barbara's traditional Fourth of July beachfront celebration is back again and ready to build upon the fabulous events in years past!

Join us at the beautiful Santa Barbara waterfront along West Beach on Independence Day for an afternoon and evening of food, music, fireworks, and fun for all ages.

What's Happening

Monday, July 4, 2016 

12PM to 9PM

Festivities at the Santa Barbara waterfront and Stearns Wharf, including favorite food vendors, and a music variety show featuring local musicians hosted by John Palminteri, as well as local shops, face painting, and live band, Tequila Mockingbird, on the wharf. End the day with fireworks and music at West Beach, plus the return of the radio simulcast, courtesy of 92.9 KjEE.

New this year - extended festivities! Bands begin performing on West Beach at noon! 

Check out the following live performances throughout the day:

Happy Medium, Under State, Braeden Biegert, Young Gunz, Valarie Mulberry, Sofia Guerra, Mugan, Sol Seasons, David Loeppke, La Boheme Dancers, Brandi Rose Lentini, Stolen Thunder, Live Dog Band, Bella Heart and Soul, Super Stoked

Be Part of the SBFourth Community

Follow us on social media to stay up on the latest information (even on the day of!) and share your experiences. There will even be contests with prizes!

Facebook Event  |  Twitter @SBFourth  |  Instagram @SBFourth

...and use the hashtag #SBFourth wherever/whenever you post! 

Parking and Alternative Transportation

Waterfront parking lots will be open on the Fourth of July, with Stearns Wharf closing to vehicular traffic from 3PM - 9:30PM. Find a map of the beachfront lots here.

Riding a bike is a great way to attend the festivities! The City provides additional bike racks during the event. Find a map of the bike rack locations here.

Use local buses and downtown and waterfront shuttles to make transportation easy. The holiday schedule is below, but you can also check their website for the most up-to-date information:

9 - 10AM

  • Downtown Shuttle runs approximately every 30 minutes.
  • Other MTD Services will run on Sunday schedule.
1 - 3PM
  • Downtown Shuttle will break for Spirit of ’76 Parade.
  • Waterfront Shuttle runs approximately every 15 minutes.
  • Other MTD Services will run on normal Sunday schedule.

3 - 11PM

  • Downtown Shuttle runs approximately every 10 minutes through 9PM.
  • When lower State Street is closed to traffic: MTD shuttles will turn around via Gutierrez, Chapala, & Haley Streets. No service at the Dolphin Fountain.
  • No Waterfront Shuttle service after lower State Street is closed at 6PM
  • After the fireworks display, the following late buses will depart the Transit Center at 1020 Chapala Street:
  • 10:20 /10:35PM / 10:50PM - Line 11 to Goleta, Isla Vista, and Camino Real Marketplace via State and Hollister
  • 10:20PM - Line 1 to Westside
  • 10:50PM - Line 20 to Carpinteria
  • 10:55PM - Line 24X to UCSB, Isla Vista, and Camino Real Marketplace

Other Fourth of July Festivities - Information reflects 2015 offerings and will be updated as each event provides 2016 information


Stearns Wharf Merchants Association Live Music and Fun

Enjoy live Music beginning at 4:00 p.m. and hang out and enjoy the festivities until the City's fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. where visitors will have one of the best views in Santa Barbara. While waiting for the fireworks show to begin, the wharf offers many attractions including live music by Tequila Mockingbird along with face painting; ice cream, sherbet, candy, popcorn, fudge, and cotton candy; jewelry, hats, leather goods, art, crafts, gifts, toys, shells, mineral, and fossils; wine tasting; bait and tackle along with fishing gear rentals; palm reading; fresh fish, shellfish, steaks, prime rib, fish and chips, burgers, cocktails, exotic tropical drinks, and more! You can even enjoy a child-friendly water taxi ride and interactive Sea Center museum. There's something for everyone!

These Colors Don't Run

The 3rd Annual "These Colors Don't Run" event will take place at the Veterans' Memorial Building on July 3rd (12 p.m. - 10 p.m.) and 4th featuring live music, an art show, silent auction, and pinup show. Event benefits Santa Barbara volunteer-run veteran groups. For all the details visit

Spirit of '76 Activities

The Annual Spirit of ’76 Parade begins at 1:00 p.m. at Micheltorena Street and proceeds down State Street to Old Town Santa Barbara, concluding at Cota Street. Over 175 agencies will parade to a patriotic theme for the community to enjoy. Visit for more information.

Sunken Gardens Concert

Another community favorite is the Free Annual July 4th Concert held at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens starting at 5:00 p.m. The Sunken Garden Concert will feature a one-hour show performed by the West Coast Symphony Orchestra and sponsored by the Cielo Foundation for the Performing Arts. More information may be found at

Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show

The Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show held a special Saturday show on July 4, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to dusk. Please visit for more information on the show.

Road Closures

Parade Forming Area:
Closed at 9:30 a.m.
Arrellaga & Micheltorena
between Chapala &
Anacapa and State St.
between Valerio &
Close N/B & S/B State St.
Closed at noon
Cross streets open to E/B
& W/B traffic
Close Parade Route
Closed at 12:30 p.m.
Access to City Lot 3 still
open via coned off lane
Parade Start: 1:00 p.m.
Parade Route:
South on State St.
From Micheltorena to
500 State St.
Heritage Expo following -
located 400 –500 State St.
Parade End: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Heritage Expo:
Immediately after parade-
until  5 p.m. hrs.
Cross traffic on Haley
remains open
Concert @ Courthouse:
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. hrs. (Sunken
Garden) No road closure
Cabrillo Access Closed:
Closed at 6:00 p.m.
Fireworks: 9:00 p.m.  
Cabrillo Access Reopen:
10:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  


Further Information

Please check back here for more information soon, answers to frequently asked questions, and accessibility information.