Fourth of July on Stearns Wharf

Stearns Wharf Fireworks

Who: Stearns Wharf Merchants Association

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

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2023

   Live music by Brasscals begins at 12:00

   Face painting begins at 2:00 PM

   Live music by Area 51 begins at 4:00 PM

   Firework show begins at 9:00 PM

Where: Stearns Wharf and West Beach, Santa Barbara

Why: 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:

  • Live music by Brasscals

  • Facepainting

  • 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

  • Palmreading

  • Fresh fish, shellfish, steaks, primerib, fish and chips, burgers, cocktails, exotic tropical drinks, and more

  • Child-friendly water taxi and harbor tours

  • Interactive Sea Center museum

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. For more details, see

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.

Brasscals Band


Brasscals are a group of roughly 13 musicians ages 19 to 85. The band is now over a year old, with a wide roster of talent – including woodwinds, brass, a banjo, a washboard, and 1 bull horn. Their set list is lively, spanning a variety of genres, from funk and jazz to klezmer, Balkan, pop and Latin, and the repertoire consistently gets audiences on their feet, but it’s the diverse & multigenerational community of people that makes this band so special – united by a shared love of music. For more details, see


Face Painting and Henna

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

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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Stearns Wharf