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Independence Day Fireworks!

This July 4th, the City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department will once again sponsor a fireworks display at 9pm off 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.  

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 3:30PM - 9:45PM. Find a map of the beachfront lots here.

The use of stationary grills and portable self-contained grills and stoves are permitted only in designated picnic areas or by permit issued by the Parks and Recreation Department. Persons using portable self-contained grills and stoves are responsible for the safe removal of the portable grills and stoves and their fuel sources (charcoal and propane tanks). No dumping of coals is permitted on park or beach property except where there are designated coal disposal receptacles. Grills and stoves shall only be used for cooking purposes and not used as heaters or fire pits. The heated surfaces of table-top portable grills and stoves must be at least six inches above any surface, including picnic tables. (Ord. 5906, 2019)

Riding a bike is a great way to attend the festivities! The City provides additional bike racks during the event.

Cabrillo (from Castillo St. to Calle Cesar Chavez) Access Closed:
Closed at 6:00 p.m.

Cabrillo Access Reopen:
10:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  




The loud sounds of fireworks are often very scary for dogs and other pets. Every year, pets run away and get lost because they’re spooked by the loud fireworks.

Here are some tips from the American Kennel Club to help keep your pets safe this July 4th:

Keep Your Dog Away From Fireworks
Keeping your dog inside in the evening on the Fourth of July is the best idea, especially if you fear they might not react well.

Make Sure Your Pet Has Proper ID
More dogs run away on July 4th than any other day of the year. Ensure that the information on your pet’s collar is current and make sure your dog is microchipped and has a GPS device.

Create a Safe Haven For Your Dog
Try setting up an area in a quiet space away from windows — such as a basement or a larger closet — so that they can’t hear or see fireworks. Use a crate if that’s where your dog feels safe, and make sure to provide your pup with familiar toys and treats.

Play White Noise
You can try leaving a fan, TV, or radio on to help mask the sounds of the fireworks.

Comfort Your Dog
If you can, try staying home with your dog or leaving them in the hands of a trusted person.
Petting them can be comforting. Try your best to remain calm and reassuring to help your canine companion.

Walk Them Before the Fireworks Start
Head out for your long walk before the sun sets to increase the chances that you’ll avoid the sounds. When you do go out, you’ll want to ensure your dog is secure on a leash before your walk.

Talk to Your Vet
If your pet’s anxiety is severe, consider booking an appointment with your vet so you can discuss a medication that could help soothe your dog’s anxiety.


For more information, contact:

Chris Bell
Public Information Officer
City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department

Last Updated: Apr 14, 2022
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