Fourth of July on Stearns Wharf

Fourth of July celebration and fireworks show from Stearns Wharf

Monday, July 4, 2022

Face painting begins at 2:00 PM

Live music begins at 4:00 PM Firework show begins at 9 PM

Stearns Wharf and West Beach, Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf celebrates Independence Day with the best view of the annual fireworks show.

The wharf offers many attractions while you are waiting for the fireworks show to begin including:

  • Face painting
  • Live music by Area 51
  • Festive treats including ice cream, sherbet, candy, popcorn, fudge, and cotton candy
  • Jewelry, 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

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

The July 4 festivities will require that vehicles coming onto Stearns Wharf to be prohibited after 3:30pm. Vehicles will be allowed to exit until 4:30pm. This will allow pedestrians safer access onto and off of Stearns Wharf.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Stearns Wharf. Stay tuned to for the lineup of the Wharf Wednesday concerts, and other events that will take place throughout the year. The big anniversary bash will be on Saturday, October 8th.

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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Matrix Band

Area 51 Musical is the premier live music provider in the Santa Barbara

The members of Area 51 have recorded and performed with the likes of Paul Anka, Eddie Money, Billy Preston, The Temptations, Mary Wilson (of the Supremes), PBS artist Benise, Jim Messina, Ben E.king, Kenny Loggins, Alan Parsons, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Brian Setzer, Four Tops, Temptations, Double Trouble and James Brown, and have TV credits such as The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, PBS, to name just a bunch.

As a group, Area 51 has shared the stage with Tower of Power, The Average White Band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, War, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins and Alan Parsons.

Stearns Wharf Fireworks

Santa Barbara Face Painting and Henna

Complementary Face Painting by Santa Barbara Face Painting, Courtesy of the Stearns Wharf Business Association!

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Stearns Wharf