July 4 Fireworks at the Waterfront

Santa Barbara’s 4th of July Fireworks Show Celebrates Another Brilliant Year
Fireworks Display Promises Food and Fun Along West Beach

SANTA BARBARA, CA (June 17, 2014)—The City of Santa Barbara will again host a traditional Independence Day Fireworks Show on Friday, July 4th , beginning at 9pm. Celebrate with us, as Bay Fireworks, Inc. will produce another 25-minute pyrotechnic display off of West Beach. Invite your family and friends down to the Waterfront to enjoy 11 am to 9 pm offerings from local food vendors.

Social Media Updates

Stay informed and join the City’s Facebook Event to get the latest Fireworks Show details.

Transportation: Plan Ahead

Based on past years, the Waterfront is expected to be heavily impacted with spectators by early afternoon. Typically, large crowds move downward from State Street to the beachfront once the 1pm Spirit of 76 Parade concludes. Downtown and Waterfront parking lots will certainly be challenging with local vehicular traffic and pedestrian traffic competing to make their way to and from the waterfront.

Utilizing alternative forms of transportation will help make attending the fireworks more convenient: Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) will be running buses and shuttles during the July 4th festivities (visit or call MTD at (805) 963-3364 for the latest schedule), while Bici Centro will provide bike racks for up to 80 bicycles for those wishing to park along Cabrillo Boulevard between the Dolphin Fountain and Chapala Street.

Event Safety

The City of Santa Barbara would like to remind spectators to be safe while enjoying the patriotic festivities; no other fireworks are permitted, also alcohol, glass containers, pit digging, open fires, dogs on the beach, and parking adjacent to the railroad tracks are prohibited. There will be no parking on either side of Cabrillo Boulevard, from State Street to Castillo Street. We look forward to a fun, safe, and sane community gathering.


Accessibility information for the July 4th Fireworks Show is available online at

Other Local Events

The City of Santa Barbara is pleased to provide additional information regarding two Fourth of July events sponsored by local nonprofits; both of the following events are free to the public:

4th of July Parade
The 52nd annual 4th of July Parade down State Street, organized by local nonprofit the Spirit of ’76 Association, will begin
at 1pm, proceeding down State Street from Micheltorena to Cota Streets. Over 175 nonprofits will participate, with this
year’s parade theme focusing on safeguarding our nation’s Bill of Rights. For more information on the parade, please visit

Free Concert at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens
Another community favorite is the Free Annual July 4th Concert, which starts at 5pm in the County Courthouse Sunken
Gardens. This year’s concert will feature a one-hour show performed by the West Coast Symphony Orchestra; the concert
is made possible by the support of the Cielo Foundation for the Performing Arts.

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