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California Knows How to Party!

The 4th of July is one of our very favorite holidays celebrations. Here’s a few from around the Central Coast. 

How do you do yours on the 4th of July?



Devendorf Park

Ocean Avenue & Junipero Street


Carmel-by-the-Sea turns red, white and blue for a day packed full of live music, food, fun and games! Pack a lunch, bring a blanket and chill out to classic rock jams. Food will also be available for purchase.


4th Annual Old Fashioned

Pancake Breakfast

600 Pacific Street • Fire Station 11 7-11am

Family Fun includes: Kids arts & crafts, MY Museum’s Wheelie Mobilee, sit in a tire truck, face painting, and a DJ.

$10 per person for warm fluffy pancakes, eggs, sausage and all the fixings; proceeds to benefit MY Museum

Annual 4th of July Parade

Downtown Monterey

Alvarado Street and Calle Principal

10 a.m.

A must-attend celebration that draws approximately 15,000 people to line the streets in and around Old Monterey. 

Come revel in the festive floats, patriotic displays, entertaining costumes, and musical bands.


32nd annual Big Little Backyard Bar-B-Que and Entertainment Extravaganza

Colton Hall

570 Pacific St • 11am-4:30pm

Non-stop live music, children’s entertainment including free carnival booths and games, face painting and balloon artists. Lots of great food provided by non-profit food vendors will be on sale all day or you can bring a picnic lunch. 

Please leave all pets at home and note that this is an Alcohol Free family event. Animals prohibited (except guide/service dogs).

646-3996 • monterey.org/rec

Living History Day

Memory Garden at Custom House Plaza • 11am-3pm 

Enjoy historic demonstrations and participate in games, rope-making, leather craft, basket weaving, military drill, watch a blacksmith make you a ring, and learn a new dance at the Custom House Fandango with live music. It’s fun for all ages! Bring the whole family right after the July 4th Parade.

Cost: $5 for adults, $2 for youth age 6-18; kids age 5 and under are free

Monterey County Pops

Golden State Theatre

Oldtown Monterey

6pm Doors Open • 7pm Concert

Pacific Grove

Caledonia Park • 11am-3pm

“America’s Last Hometown” goes big at Caledonia Park, with a barbecue, live music and kids activities. Don’t miss the old-fashioned BBQ which includes chicken or hot dogs, baked beans, garlic bread, salad and dessert.



Ventura July 4th Fireworks Show & Family Picnic

Ventura College

4667 Telegraph Rd 

5pm Gate • 9pm Fireworks

Includes a spectacular fireworks show, live music, food vendors, a Kids Fun Zone, and what they call ‘the friendliest hometown picnic in America!’ The Kids Zone will have several bounce houses and GIANT inflatable attractions, plus organized games for kids to enjoy. Food trucks and cart vendors will be serving up sweet treats! A finely-choreographed “Sky Concert” will light up the night with patriotic and contemporary musical mix at approximately 9pm.


Cost: Pre-sale tickets are $6 adult, $4 child (4-12 years)

Tickets: venturafireworks.com or at the gate


Ojai Valley’s 4th of July Celebration: Celebrating Our Heritage

July 3 & 4

Parade will take place starting at Country Club Drive and proceed down Ojai Ave all the way to Park Rd.

July 3: Free Concert by Marcus and Shanti Keatles, and Ojai Band will be back again. 3rd annual Apple Pie Contest — the winner will receive a family pass to the fireworks show.

July 4: Fireworks show. Danny McGaw and the 33 will preforming on stage starting at 6pm then Marcus and Shanti will be back to preform the national anthem right before the fireworks display.


Fireworks by the Sea

Channel Islands Harbor

3600 South Harbor Boulevard • 9pm

Since 1998. The Fourth of July Celebration at Channel Islands Harbor offers a full day of activities, entertainment, and amazing food. Come and enjoy exhibits, an artist’s market, children’s rides and games and finish the day with a spectacular fireworks show.


July 4th Fireworks Spectacular

Camarillo High School

4660 Mission Oaks Boulevard

4pm Gates • 9pm Fireworks

Great Food! Live Music! Free Shuttles! Fireworks cap off the day. Tickets on sale at City Hall and at the high school on the day of the event. Bring your own picnic. Seating options include both the home and visitor bleachers; lawn seating and picnic area will be available on the main football field. Is a smoke-free event. No alcohol, marijuana, pets, or personal fireworks are allowed; all coolers will be inspected for alcoholic beverages


Santa Barbara

4th of July Art Show

The Old Mission

2201 Laguna Street • 10-4pm

Join for a day of great art, weather, views, food and fun on the grounds of the Old Mission Santa Barbara! 100 artists including jewelers, glass blowers, ceramics, paintings, unique objects, woodwork, furniture, clothing, leather, gifts, crafts and more! Don’t miss this incredible, once a year show which has roots dating back to the 60s. Free parking and admission. Food and beverages available for purchase.


Avila Beach

Doggie Parade

Avila Beach Promenade
404 Front Street • 11am-Noon

All dogs must be registered to walk in the parade. They can be pre-registered by completing the registration form available online, or during the Pancake Breakfast from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at the Community Center.

Paso Robles

Paso Pops

Paso Robles Event Center
2198 Riverside Avenue

4pm Gates • 8pm Fireworks

Annual patriotic-themed concert and Independence Day celebration
See article on page 30

Cost: $30-$2500 • Senior, Child, and Military discounts



Bluegrass Freedom Festival

Atascadero Lake Park
Lago Ave • 2-7pm

Enjoy Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players, The Blue Js, and AJ Lee & Blue Summitt on stage. Festival seating. Food and beverages for sale. Free admission. Kid zone, new playground, vendors, community games. Enjoy Independence Day under shady oaks, great music, and plenty to eat and drink. Discount Meal Deals available at atascaderofourthofjuly.com. Proceeds benefit Colony Days annual parade and Historic Tent City Festival. See article on page 25 for more info.

Pismo Beach 

4th of July Celebration

Pismo Beach Pier and Nearby Areas • 9am-9pm

Celebrate our nation’s independence with music, food, and a spectacular fireworks display.  Rain or Shine. DJ and music, vendors, VIP seating on the Pismo Pier and the best fireworks show on the Central Coast! VIP Seat Information: Premiere seat to the Fireworks Display on the Pismo Pier including a delicious BBQ dinner complete with a tri-tip sandwich, beans & coleslaw prepared by F. McLintocks Saloon & Dining House.

For more information, contact the Pismo Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau at events@pismobeach.org

Wherever you go, remember to practice safety with fireworks, and check with local laws before shooting any off.