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The summer season is one of the most popular times to visit Santa Barbara. Our California home is a beautiful vacation destination that enjoys plenty of sunshine in the summer. If you are looking for the perfect reason to visit look no further than the Fourth of July holiday. Santa Barbara has plenty of exciting events to join in on and summer activities to keep you busy with. Take a look at how you can spend the Santa Barbara 4th of July: 

Santa Barbara 4th of July Celebration 

The city of Santa Barbara is excited to announce that the return of the annual Fourth of July Celebration will be taking place this summer. This year’s events will be building off of the wonderful events in years past for the best celebration yet. The event takes place at Stearns Wharf where you can enjoy an afternoon full of live music, delicious food, and of course the incredible fireworks display. The fireworks display will be starting around 9:00 PM for 20 minutes of dazzling fun. Stearns Wharf will be closed to vehicle traffic from 3:30 PM to 9:30 PM so plan ahead for the route. Visitors are encouraged to bike to the event where additional bike racks will be provided by the city. The weather is absolutely lovely in the summer making for an enjoyable bike ride from your vacation rental to the event. Don’t miss out on the biggest fireworks display in Santa Barbara yet! The Santa Barbara Fourth of July Celebration will be taking place from 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM this summer. 

Host Our Own BBQ 

Another great way to spend your vacation rental is by having your own BBQ at your vacation rental. Our vacation properties are second to none here in Santa Barbara and will make for a great spot to grill up your meal. Many of our vacation rentals are full-size homes that feature spacious outdoor yards. Look out back and you may find extended patio decks or grassy lawns. Most of the properties also feature gas BBQ grills where you can cook up the perfect burger or hot dog. You will find everything in the gourmet kitchen to prepare for such a feast. Our kitchens come with extended countertop space and all of the cooking ware you need. The stainless steel appliances have plenty of room to prepare any sides and store any leftovers you have. Simply put, you have everything you need for the perfect BBQ experience just in time for the Santa Barbara 4th of July! 

Visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History 

This summer make sure to stop by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History for their seasonal Butterflies Alive! exhibit that runs all summer long. Visitors can enjoy some downtime between their holiday plans by exploring the Sprague Butterfly Pavilion which is full of exotic butterflies and a lush garden. The rest of the museum has plenty of exciting exhibits that will educate visitors on the natural history of the area. Entry into the Butterflies Alive! exhibit is included with standard museum admission.  

Music on the Water with Santa Barbara Sailing Center 

Make sure to hit the water during your Fourth of July visit by joining in on the fun with the Music on the Water with Santa Barbara Sailing Center. This unique experience will take you aboard the Double Dolphin, a giant 50-foot catamaran that takes off every Friday for a beautiful sunset cruise. Local Santa Barbara musicians will be on board performing wonderful music as the sun sets in the background. You will enjoy majestic views of the Santa Barbara coastline. The July 1st cruise is scheduled to have The Coconuts for their lively tunes. Don’t miss out on this unique experience here in Santa Barbara! 

Visit the Santa Barbara Courthouse 

During your visit make sure you get to see some of the must-see attractions in the city including the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. This elegant building is a highlight of the city with its Spanish-colonial style that was first built in 1929. The lush gardens surrounding the building often host wedding photos and are open to public tours. The Mural Room has gorgeous murals on display that are unique works of art. The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is nearby plenty of local restaurants and boutiques to shop around at. Don’t miss out on this local attraction during your patriotic getaway. 

Time to Book for Santa Barbara 

All of these events and activities are waiting for you right here in Santa Barbara. A summer holiday is just what you need to get through the season. For the best stay possible make sure to book one of our luxurious vacation rentals here in the city. Our properties feature fine amenities and are nearby all of the exciting attractions in the area.  

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.

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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.