The all-day entertainment show on July 4th in West Beach leads up to the Santa Barbara Fireworks event, which will be streamed on NewsChannel 3

SANTA BARBARA, California – The Central Coast’s biggest entertainment show on July 4th takes place on West Beach with a day-long entertainment event leading to the colorful Santa Barbara fireworks display with a soundtrack to match the songs.

The event will be streamed and simulcast on KEYT NewsChannel 3 KJEE 92.9FM Modern Rock Station in Santa Barbara.

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

An estimated 20,000 people are expected in the area at the time of the fireworks. From East Beach to Shoreline Park there will be thousands more along the coast.

Many have secured spots with tents at Chase Palm Park.

There will be traffic controls with barriers and traffic cones at several intersections.

Additional Santa Barbara police, fire and AMR resources are deployed in the port area. A mobile command post has been set up in recent years.

Cabrillo Blvd. will be closed to traffic at 6:00 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 audiences to follow proper protocols to sing the national anthem with their hands over their hearts.

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

Here’s your guide to Santa Barbara’s waterfront Independence Day fireworks displays:

The fireworks display begins at 9:00 p.m. on West Beach, 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 92.9FM and streamed live on KEYT.com. The City thanks KjEE and KEYT NewsChannel 3 for supporting this community event.

Here’s a list of some of the fun things on tap…

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


This is a FREE event.
● 12:00 PM – 8:50 PM: Live music at the West Beach Bandstand. Acts featured include:

Noon The Detar Music Review

12:30 Drifting Dimension

1:30 p.m. Dearest sisters

2:00 p.m. Why Golf Why

15:00 Brandi Lentini and band

16:00 Santa Barbara City College Marching Band – Slideways

5:00pm Fiesta Dancers of the old Spanish days

5:30 pm La Boheme Dance – Santa Barbara’s award-winning dance company

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

6:50 p.m. Wrong doll

7:30pm La Boheme Dance – Santa Barbara’s Award Winning Dance Troupe (2nd Movement)
20:00 Petty Set Go (Tom Petty cover band with Hector Hurtado).
20:50 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 (Timber’s Roadhouse) and Hector Hurtado (Stage Manager), DARVIC productions, along with the Santa Barbara PARC Foundation.

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

● 21:00 – 21:20: Fireworks! Presented by Garden State Fireworks and sponsored by the City of Santa Barbara’s Waterfront Department. The fireworks soundtrack will be simulcast on local radio station 92.9 FM KjEE.
The Santa Barbara Police, Fire, Harbor Patrol, and AMR will have additional resources in the area.

Sidewalk Cabrillo Boulevard on West Beach
• 11:00 am – 9:00 pm: Festive food and vendor stands including Timbers Roadhouse, Tinkers Hot Dogs, Lidos Philly Cheese Steaks and Bombazo’s Burritos.

Cabrillo Boulevard will be closed to traffic at 6:00 p.m. to accommodate the July 4th crowds.

Stearns Wharf
● 2:00 pm: Free face painting
● 4pm: Live music with Area 51

For more information on Independence Day events, please contact:
Chris Bell
Public information officer on the water
[email protected]

July 5th Beach Volunteer Opportunity
Unfortunately, as thousands flock to the beaches of Santa Barbara for Independence Day, a lot of trash ends up on the sand. This year you have two opportunities to be part of the solution. First, make sure to pick up after yourself before leaving the beach on July 4th. Second, if you want to take it up a notch, volunteer to help clean up on July 5th.

For the first time, the Waterfront Department will work with Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and other nonprofit organizations to conduct beach cleans of Leadbetter Beach and East Beach on July 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. To sign up, go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4fa5ae2ba4fbc70-july
Gloves and buckets are provided, so all you have to do is show up.

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