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Santa Barbara Fourth of July Celebration

The Fourth of July in Santa Barbara

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

Saturday, July 4, 2020

11AM to 9PM

Photo courtesy Ronald WilliamsFestivities at the Santa Barbara waterfront and Stearns Wharf (11AM - 9PM), including favorite food vendors, and a music variety show featuring local musicians hosted by John Palminteri and Drew Wakefield, as well as local shops, face painting, and live bands on the wharf. End the day with a 9 p.m. fireworks show at West Beach. If you can't join us at West Beach, tune in to the radio simulcast, courtesy of 92.9 KjEE to enjoy music along with fireworks from anywhere in the city or check out to see the show via live stream. The fireworks display is approximately 20-minutes long and choreographed to classic and current fun and patriotic tunes.

This year bands begin performing on Stearns Wharf at 11AM and on West Beach at noon!

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! 

Camping, Parking, and Alternative Transportation

Please remember, there is NO camping along the beach (per S.B. Municipal Code 15.16.085). If you do decide to block off a spot the evening prior, you are NOT allowed to physically stay on site. Please be courteous and respectful during the event, and that includes when you find your spot for the day. 

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:

10AM - 1 PM

  • Downtown Shuttle runs approximately every 10 minutes.
  • Waterfront 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:
  • 8:25PM - Line 1 to Westside
  • 9PM - Line 2 to Eastside
  • 10:20 /10:35PM / 10:50PM - Line 11 to Goleta, Isla Vista, and Camino Real Marketplace via State and Hollister
  • 11PM - Line 24X to UCSB and Camino Real Marketplace


Other Fourth of July Festivities - Information Reflects Most Current Information Available to City of S.B.

Stearns Wharf Merchants Association Live Music and Fun

Enjoy live Music beginning at 12:00 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 and others 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!


Road Closures

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.  


Additional Information

Still have questions? Contact us! 

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

Last Updated: Jan 16, 2020
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