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Independence Day Event Canceled


Photo courtesy Ronald WilliamsAcross the nation, countless localities have canceled major gatherings of people in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, our City is not immune.

Heeding guidance from state and county public health officials, on Monday, May 18, 2020, the Santa Barbara City Council gave direction to the City's Waterfront Director to cancel this year's July 4th fireworks display. Prior July Fourth celebrations have attracted tens of thousands of people to our beaches and waterfront neighborhoods.

It is in the interest of public health and safety for all residents, first responders, and city staff, to postpone the show until next year. Although the situation is always changing, public health officials are estimating -- to be safe - large public gatherings - are not likely to be endorsed until the New Year.

The City and Waterfront Department will now focus on making next year's celebration even grander.

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Still have questions? Contact us! 

City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department Public Information Officer
(805) 897-1962

Last Updated: Jun 29, 2020
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