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July 4th in Santa Barbara


The Santa Barbara area offers an embarrassment of riches when it comes to July 4th celebrations. Head to your closet, find something red, white and blue to wear and pick from the extensive menu below for 4th of July fun for the whole family.

The Annual Spirit of 76 Parade takes place in downtown Santa Barbara. It starts at 1:00 p.m. at Micheltorena and State Street and travels down State and Cota Streets. At the end of the parade is a festive celebration in “Old Town” Santa Barbara (the 400 and 500 blocks of State Street.) There is then a patriotic rally at Chase Palm Park at 3:30 p.m. For more information, go to

• The annual Santa Barbara Fireworks Display will begin at 9:00 p.m. and takes place on the Santa Barbara Waterfront. Festivities will start at noon at West Beach. It’s a great show, but make sure you are prepared for some rowdy revelers and traffic.

The 4th of July Arts and Crafts Show takes place in downtown Santa Barbara. There is a huge selection of arts and crafts. The show has moved from its former location in front of the Mission to 2227 Garden Street.

The Village Fourth Parade takes place in Montecito. There is a pancake breakfast served by the local fire department that starts at 7:30 a.m. A parade takes place on San Ysidro Road at 11:30 a.m. and is followed by a festival in Manning Park with pie eating contests, booths, games, etc. For more information, call 805-969-2026.

The Stow House Old-Fashioned 4th of July Event in Goleta starts at 11:00 a.m. and continues until 4:00 p.m. with fun, pro-family and turn-of-the-century traditions. There will be hayrides, live music, dancing and many on-stage musicians. For more information, call 805-681-7216.

•The Goleta Fireworks Festival takes place in Goleta at Girsh Park at 7050 Phelps Road. There will be live entertainment, bouncers for kids, face-painting, food and a 9:00 p.m. fireworks display. Tickets are available at the gate. The festival is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event. For more information, go to

The Solvang 4th of July Parade is an annual event that starts at 11:00 a.m. on Mission Drive in Solvang. After the parade there is a festival at the Santa Ines Mission which includes food, music and ends with a fireworks display after the sun goes down. For more information, go to

[AUTHOR: Hilary Doubleday]

June 27, 2012

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