SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Central Coast’s biggest 4th of July entertainment show will take place on West Beach with a day-long entertainment event leading up to the colorful fireworks of Santa Barbara with a musical soundtrack tailored to the song.

The event will be broadcast on KEYT NewsChannel 3 and simulcast on KJEE 92.9 FM Santa Barbara’s modern rock station.

The event will take place on the beach between Stearns Wharf and the harbour.

A crowd estimated at 20,000 is expected in this area as the fireworks go off. From East Beach to Shoreline Park, thousands more will be found along the coast.

Many have secure pitches with tents at Chase Palm Park.

Traffic controls will be in place at several intersections with barricades and cones.

Additional Santa Barbara Police, Fire and RAM resources will be staged in the waterfront area. In recent years, a mobile command post has been set up.

Boulevard Cabrillo will be closed to traffic at 6 p.m. until the end of the fireworks.

US Army veteran Kraig Pakulski will sing the national anthem before the fireworks.

Pakulski says he will ask the public to follow proper protocols for singing the national anthem hands on heart.

The event is a coordinated event with the City of Santa Barbara and community partners committed to a safe and patriotic presentation throughout the day.

Here’s Your Guide to the Santa Barbara Independence Day Fireworks on the Waterfront:

The fireworks will be launched from West Beach beginning at 9 p.m., presented by Garden State Fireworks and sponsored by the city’s waterfront department.

The show will be simulcast on local radio station Modern Rock KJEE 92.9 FM and streamed live on KEYT.com. The City thanks KjEE and KEYT NewsChannel 3 for their support of this community event.

Here is a list of some of the tap pleasures…

West Beach – All-American, Patriotic Celebration – Hosted by Drew Wakefield and John Palminteri


It is a free event.
● From noon to 8:50 p.m.: Live music at the West Beach bandstand. Featured acts include:

midi The Detar Music Review

12:30 Drifting Dimension

1:30 p.m. Dear Sisters

2:00 p.m. Why Golf Why

3:00 p.m. Brandi Lentini and Band

4:00 p.m. Santa Barbara City College Marching Band – Slideways

5:00 p.m. Dancers from the Spanish Old Days Fiesta

5:30 p.m. La Boheme dance – The award-winning dance group from Santa Barbara

5:45 p.m. Ridin’ the Storm Out (REO cover band),

6:50 p.m. Fake Puppet

7:30 p.m. La Boheme dance – The award-winning dance group from Santa Barbara (2nd set)
8:00 p.m. Petty Set Go (Tom Petty cover band with Hector Hurtado).
8:50 p.m. Star-Spangled Banner – Army Veteran Kraig Pakulski

This event is sponsored by funding from community partners, including:
Bunnin Chevrolet, The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, American Riviera Bank, Montecito Bank & Trust, Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners, The Berry Man, Oshay Family Foundation, Giffin Equipment, Sol Wave Water, Montecito Customs, Dario Pini Investments.


Special thanks to: Roger Perry Insurance, Kim Stabile (Timbers Roadhouse) and Hector Hurtado (manager), DARVIC productions, as well as the Santa Barbara PARC Foundation.

The Beach Show is a family presentation with: NO alcohol, pets, pits, illegal smoking/vaping or fireworks.

● 9 p.m. – 9:20 p.m.: Fireworks! Presented by Garden State Fireworks and sponsored by the City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department. The fireworks soundtrack will be simulcast on local radio station 92.9 FM KjEE.
Santa Barbara Police, Fire, Harbor Patrol and AMR will have additional resources in the area.

Cabrillo Boulevard sidewalk in West Beach
• 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Food stalls and festive vendors, including Timbers Roadhouse, Tinkers Hot Dogs, Lidos Philly Cheese Steaks and Bombazo’s burritos.

Cabrillo Boulevard will be closed to traffic at 6 p.m. to accommodate the July 4 crowds.

Stearns Wharf
● 2 p.m.: Free make-up
● 4:00 p.m.: Live music with Area 51

For more information on Independence Day events, contact:
Chris Bell
Waterfront Public Information Officer
[email protected]

5th of July Beach Cleanup Volunteer Opportunity
With thousands of people flocking to the beaches of Santa Barbara for Independence Day, sadly, a lot of trash ends up on the sand. This year, you have two opportunities to be part of the solution. First, be sure to pick up after yourself before leaving the beach on July 4th. Second, if you want to step up a gear, volunteer to help clean up on July 5th.

For the first time, the Waterfront Department will partner with Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and other nonprofit organizations to conduct beach cleanups at Leadbetter Beach and East Beach from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on July 5. To register, go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4fa5ae2ba4fbc70-july
Gloves and buckets will be provided so you just have to show up.

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