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Santa Barbara Fourth of July Celebration

The Fourth of July in Santa Barbara

Thank you to the thousands of residents and visitors that made this year's event a huge success. We look forward to doing it again next year!

The City of Santa Barbara's traditional Fourth of July beachfront celebration will be 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

Tuesday, July 4, 2018 

12PM to 9PM

Festivities 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, as well as local shops, face painting, and live band, Tequila Mockingbird, on the wharf. End the day with a 9 p.m. fireworks show and music at West Beach, plus the return of the radio simulcast, courtesy of 92.9 KjEE. The show is approximately 20 minutes long and choreographed to classic and current fun and patriotic tunes.

New this year - extended festivities! Bands begin performing on Stearns Wharf at 11AM and on West Beach at noon!

Check back as the event nears to get the list of live performances throughout the day.

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 courtesy 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:

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:
  • 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
  • 10:50PM - Line 20 to Carpinteria
  • 11PM - Line 24X to UCSB and Camino Real Marketplace

Other Fourth of July Festivities - 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!

These Colors Don't Run

The 4th Annual "These Colors Don't Run" event will take place at the Veterans' Memorial Building on Sunday, July 2nd (12 p.m. - 7 p.m.) featuring live music, military car show, an art show, silent auction, and pinup show. Event benefits Santa Barbara volunteer-run veteran groups. For all the details visit

4th of July Art Show

Visit the Old Mission Santa Barbara (2201 Laguna Street) for a special 4th of July Art Show and view 80 incredible artisans for one of the largest and longest running art shows in California! Grab a bite to eat and enjoy the sights and sounds of this long running art show. Free parking and admission! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

4th of July Parade

The 54th Annual 4th of July Parade begins at 1:00 p.m. at Micheltorena Street, proceeding 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. This event is coordinated by the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation. Contact or (805) 259-4394 for more information.

4th of July 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 4th of July Concert will feature American song favorites performed by the West Coast Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christopher Story VI and Dr. Michael Shasberger. More information may be found at

Santa Barbara City College 4th of July

Santa Barbara City College is proud to host a family-friendly 4th of July viewing at their Main Campus. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy views of the fireworks show at the Santa Barbara Waterfront. Food Trucks will be on site from 4 - 8 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring their own food, but please be advised that no alcoholic beverages are allowed on campus or in parking lots. Campus rules regarding alcohol and smoking will be enforced. Viewing areas will be located on the West Campus Great Meadow and the East Campus Winslow Maxwell Overlook. For more information, including a map of the campus, click here.

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.  


Additional Information

Still have questions? Contact us! 

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

Last Updated: Jul 10, 2017
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