• The Goleta Valley Historical Society is hosting an old-fashioned 4th of July celebration at the historical Stow House (304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta). Head down with the whole family this Friday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for live music, delicious BBQ, games for the kids, classic cars, local artists, hayrides, and much more. Call 681-7216 for more info. And if you want to miss downtown madness and watch fireworks in the Goodland, follow the sparkles in the sky to Girsh Park (7050 Phelps Rd., Goleta) for the Fireworks Festival from 4-9:30 p.m. Visit celebratethefourth.com for details.

• The annual Old Mission Arts and Crafts 4th of July Show has a new location this year. Check out well-known local artists, oil paintings, water colors, photography, sculpture, unique jewelry, pottery, clothing, gift items, and more at 227 Garden Street, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. this Friday only! Call 886-9416 for more info.

• Have a swingin’ good time this 4th of July, with a patriotic-themed First Friday Swing Dance at Carrillo Ballroom (100 E. Carrillo St.). Park by the ballroom by 7:30 p.m., hop on a shuttle down to the beach to catch the fireworks, and then head back to dance ’til midnight to hip tunes from Rob Rio and the Revolvers. Make sure to dress in red, white, and blue! Cost is $10-$12; call 569-1952 for details.


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