Fourth of July 2018

Press release & CALENDAR LISTING

Fourth of July on Stearns Wharf

Who:       Stearns Wharf Merchants Association

What:     Fourth of July celebration and fireworks show from Stearns Wharf

When:    Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Live music begins at 11:00 AM |Firework show begins at 9 PM

Where:   Stearns Wharf and West Beach, Santa Barbara

Why:      Stearns Wharf celebrates Independence Day with the best view of the annual fireworks show. While waiting for the fireworks show to begin, the wharf offers many attractions including:

  • Live music provided by Musicology’s SeaCliff and Notes for Notes® Jazz Villains (11:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
  • Live music by Tequila Mockingbird (From 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
  • Face painting
  • Festive treats including ice cream, sherbet, candy, popcorn, fudge, and cotton candy
  • Jewelry, hats, leather goods, art, crafts, gifts, and toys
  • Shells, minerals, and fossils
  • Wine tasting
  • Sportswear clothing
  • Fishing gear rental and bait and tackle
  • Palm reading
  • Fresh fish, shellfish, steaks, prime rib, fish and chips, burgers, cocktails, exotic tropical drinks, and more
  • Child-friendly water taxi and harbor tours
  • Interactive Sea Center museum

After dark, watch the fireworks from one of the best locations in the city with the display shooting off right next to Stearns Wharf.

Cost: Free!

Co-sponsored by the City of Santa Barbara

Stearns Wharf is located in the harbor in Santa Barbara, California. When completed in 1872, it became the longest deep-water Wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of California’s South Coast for over a century.   Stearns Wharf, Your local destination – and where State Street Meets the Sea.  Ninety minutes free parking, and always dog-on-a-leash friendly. 
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Tequila Mockingbird
Tequila Mockingbird is a Santa Barbara-based rock band that has been performing around the area for many years.  They specialize in dishing up their own signature interpretation of the best classic and modern rock, blues, funk and groove to the delight of all who enjoy high-energy live music.

The vocal styling of lead singer Bob McDermott is a constant, as well as the thumping groove of bass player Jim Giles. With drummer Steve (Stevie Thunder) Timm, and the extraordinary guitar work of Pete Wolf, they have settled into a rock solid group that locals can count on for a good time to be had by all.

Musicology Founder Erland Wanberg started playing the guitar and writing songs when he was 13 years old. Along his musical journey, Erland discovered his love and talent for teaching. For over a decade he has inspired students of all ages and skill levels to excel with passion and dedication. Many of his students have gone on to pursue their own musical ambitions as recording artists and performers. Erland decided to return home from Nashville with intentions to give back to the community that helped him get his start. In light of coming home, Musicology Santa Barbara was born.
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Notes for Notes
Notes for Notes® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that designs, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs offering youth the opportunity to explore, create, and record music for FREE. Notes for Notes Studios are packed with professional instruments guitars, basses, drums, keyboards/synths and equipment DJ gear, digital music workstations and full recording facilities. Beyond providing access to equipment and resources, we educate youth about careers both on the stage and behind the scenes.

Notes for Notes was founded on the core belief that music is the universal language of humankind, with the power to transcend virtually any cultural, racial, or socioeconomic barrier. At the heart of the organization is a dedication to the relationships formed through music. Music inspires connection and collaboration, and it is through these relationships that we can make the most impact.
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Jazz Villains are an up and coming youth jazz combo based out of Santa Barbara, CA. In just under 2 years, the six-piece have already made their mark at venues such as The Lobero Theater, Marjourie Luke Theater, Santa Barbara’s SOhO and Ventura’s Squashed Grapes. All members range from ages 13 to seventeen, giving their audience a contemporary and refreshing approach to classic jazz standards. Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing”, Miles Davis’ “So What” and Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” being some of their most notable renditions. More recently, Jazz Villains teamed up with David Rojas to record their original song “Yes Baby, I Treat You Right” at the Notes For Notes® studios.

Stearns Wharf