There are many reasons to visit Santa Barbara in the summer…beautiful weather, beaches, boating, hiking, family activities-the list goes on! One of the best time to stay in Santa Barbara over the summer would definitely have to be over 4th of July. Here are just some fun things going on in Santa Barbara to celebrate Independence Day:
Spirit of 76 Parade:
This event occurs in downtown Santa Barbara. The annual Independence Day parade is presented by the Spirit of ’76 Association. The parade begins at 1pm at Micheltorena and State Streets and travels down State to Cota Street. Following the parade are festive celebrations in “Old Town” Santa Barbara in the 400-500 blocks of State Street. The celebration continues with a patriotic rally at Chase Palm Park at 3:30pm. Below are some amazing pictures of this fun and exciting event.
4th of July Arts & Crafts Show:
This event occurs in downtown Santa Barbara. 10am-5pm July 4th. There will be talented local artists and a fine selection of unique jewelry, hats, clothing, handbags, weavings, paintings: oils, water colours, pastels acrylics, photography, glass, pottery, sculpture and more! This very popular show was held on the grounds of the Old Mission for many years. They have an alternative site, and now located at 2227 Garden Street and the corner of Pueblo. About 1.5 blocks from the Old Mission. Directions: If you are coming from the 101, either north or south, take the Mission Street exit and turn towards the mountains. If from the north, then turn right or south, then turn left. Continue about 7 blocks (fairly short) until Garden Street. Turn left on Garden and about 1.5 blocks you arrive at 2227 Garden and Pueblo. Let the balloons and signs direct you!
The Village Fourth Parade:
This event occurs in Montecito, CA, minutes south of Santa Barbara. Starting at Upper Manning Park, the annual Village Fourth Parade is a celebration of community and patriotism. The festivities continue, following the parade, at Lower Manning Park. There is plenty of food & music. To participate in the parade, call by July 1st. Parade starts at 11:30am and the Lower Manning Park festivities begin immediately after. At 7:30am, on the morning of the fourth, there is a pancake breakfast at the San Ysidro Firehouse. Tickets available at the door. For more information, call 805-969-2026
Goleta Fireworks Festival:
This event occurs in the city of Goleta, CA, minutes north of Santa Barbara. This annual event is held in Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Rd, behind Camino Real Marketplace in the city of Goleta. The festival runs 4pm-9:30pm and includes live musical entertainment. Activities for kids include inflatable jumpers, face painting and much more. Great food & beverages are a prelude to a spectacular fireworks display at 9pm. Tickets are available at the gate of the event. The festival is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event. For more information, see goletafireworks.org
Santa Barbara Fireworks:
This event occurs in downtown Santa Barbara, along the waterfront. Co-sponsored by SPARKLE and the city of Santa Barbara, the festivities begin at noon at West Beach on Cabrillo Blvd and include food & beverage vendors and musical entertainment. Fireworks begin at 9pm. This is a magical event and a must see for everyone!
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