There is nothing greater in the summer season than escaping for a few days to an exciting destination. Santa Barbara is ready to welcome adventurous travelers such as yourself for an incredible summer season. One of the best times to visit during the summer is for the 4th of July holiday. This patriotic holiday is the perfect excuse to come hang out and see what makes Santa Barbara so special. A variety of events and fun summer activities will be available throughout your trip. Take a look at what your 4th of July in Santa Barbara can look like this year:
Fourth of July Celebration
One of the biggest celebrations that is put on by Santa Barbara each year is the Fourth of July Celebration. This patriotic event features a variety of activities that are perfect for all ages. Last year’s event was canceled unfortunately due to COVID but is planning on being fully operational for summer 2021. Head over to Stearns Wharf at West Beach for an all-day event under the sun that includes live music, fun activities, and plenty of food. Local food vendors set up their stations along Cabrillo Boulevard between State and Castillo Streets, offering cuisine of all types. Vendors will be open from noon to 9:00 PM so you can expect to grab a bite whenever throughout the event. The live music lineup is family-friendly and will be playing all day from 11:00 AM up to the fireworks extravaganza. Speaking of which, the fireworks display will begin sharply at 9:00 PM and feature over 20 minutes worth of incredible displays above West Beach. The event is completely free to attend and is expecting tens of thousands of visitors to enjoy the show. Come see how the 4th of July was meant to be celebrated with our Fourth of July Celebration this summer!
Santa Barbara Rides Again
If you happen to find yourself for an extended stay here in Santa Barbara before the 4th of July holiday, make sure to take advantage of the Santa Barbara Rides Again event. This event is a five-day carnival that is full of exciting rides and games that all ages can enjoy. Expect over 30 different rides that will have you spinning and twisting all over the place for fun and excitement. The adults can have a blast too and cool off with some ice-cold beer at the outdoor beer garden. You will find your family creating brand new memories that will be cherished for years to come. Santa Barbara Rides Again will be taking place June 23rd through the 27th at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. The event is open that Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM to midnight, and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Admission into the event is free so make sure to bring the whole family!
Hit the Beach
While these may be the only events happening around the 4th of July in Santa Barbara, there is still plenty to enjoy around town. One of the biggest draws of Santa Barbara is our beautiful beaches. The weather around the 4th of July is typically in the mid-80s, giving you plenty of reasons to cool off by the beach. Many of our beaches feature plenty of sand and are more touristy in nature. Expect to see locals hanging out by the water or kayaking down the shore. Other beaches Shoreline Park and Arroyo Burro County Beach Park are better for sightseeing. You can take the many bike lanes around the beaches and see all kinds of beautiful views.
Hit the Boardwalks
Another great way to cool off by the water is by returning to Stearns Wharf after the 4th of July events have ended. This popular boardwalk features several piers and all kinds of shopping and dining establishments. Stearns Wharf also happens to be the oldest wooden wharf that is still operational in the country. You can’t find that everyday anywhere else!
Visit Summer Attractions
Santa Barbara also has plenty to see with local attractions that are fully open this summer. Stop by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History to see interactive exhibits including animatronic dinosaurs. The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum offers a historical look into the maritime history of the city. Finally, make sure to check out the beautiful architecture and gardens located at the Santa Barbara Court House, the city’s number one attraction for visitors.
Time to Plan for the 4th of July in Santa Barbara
Make sure this summer is one you will never forget with an exciting getaway to Santa Barbara. Our vacation rentals will keep you comfortable all stay long and keep you close to all of these exciting events and attractions.
Regardless of the time of year, Santa Barbara is one of the best places that you can visit throughout the entire country. Due to the Mediterranean Climate, the “American Riviera” generally has amazing weather, which keeps this beautiful city bustling with energy.
It is an exciting experience to visit this amazing city during our 4th of July celebrations. Here are some of the most exciting things going on for the Santa Barbara 4th of July this year.
The Santa Barbara 4th of July Celebration
This celebration takes place in front of a beautiful setting; the Santa Barbara Waterfront near the historic Stearns Wharf. This is a full day of festivities and jovial celebration.
Beginning at 12 pm, you will have a wide range of activities to take part in. As the event begins, visitors are greeted by tremendous musical acts on the wharf. These performances continue throughout the entire day. There is a wide variety of music, so there really is something for everyone to enjoy. Other great attractions include some local favorite food vendors, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, and appearances from some great local shops.
Of course, the grand finale and pinnacle of the celebrations is a glittering fireworks show over the Pacific Ocean. You are sure to experience a dazzling fireworks display, and enjoy a night to remember.
4th of July Art Show at the Santa Barbara Mission
Visiting the Santa Barbara Mission is a must-see, in and of itself, but the lovers of art out there will find a new reason to visit this historic venue come 4th of July. For over 50 years, this show has brought forth some of the most magnificent art in the area, and of course it is often consistent with a patriotic theme, touching on the history of this amazing country and area.
Regardless of how you choose to spend your 4th of July in Santa Barbara, it is sure to be a time well spent. For your best 4th of July yet, make it a Santa Barbara 4th of July.