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Spirit of 76 Parade - This event occurs in downtown Santa Barbara. The annual Independence Day parade is presented by the Spirit of '76 Association. The parade begins at 1pm at Micheltorena and State Streets and travels down State to Cota Street. Following the parade are festive celebrations in "Old Town" Santa Barbara in the 400-500 blocks of State Street. The celebration continues with a patriotic rally at Chase Palm Park at 3:30pm. For more information, see spiritof76sb.org

Santa Barbara Fireworks - This event occurs in downtown Santa Barbara, along the waterfront. Co-sponsored by SPARKLE and the city of Santa Barbara, the festivities begin at noon at West Beach on Cabrillo Blvd and include food & beverage vendors and musical entertainment. Fireworks begin at 9pm. View the information page for details about this year's events.

4th of July Arts and Crafts Show - This event occurs in downtown Santa Barbara. 10am-5pm July 4th. There will be talented local artists and a fine selection of unique jewelry, hats, clothing, handbags, weavings, paintings: oils, water colours, pastels acrylics, photography, glass, pottery, sculpture and more! This very popular show was held on the grounds of the Old Mission for many years. They have an alternative site, and now located at 2227 Garden Street and the corner of Pueblo. About 1.5 blocks from the Old Mission. Directions: If you are coming from the 101, either north or south, take the Mission Street exit and turn towards the mountains. If from the north, then turn right or south, then turn left. Continue about 7 blocks (fairly short) until Garden Street. Turn left on Garden and about 1.5 blocks you arrive at 2227 Garden and Pueblo. Let the balloons and signs direct you!

The Village Fourth Parade - This event occurs in Montecito, CA, minutes south of Santa Barbara. Starting at Upper Manning Park, the annual Village Fourth Parade is a celebration of community and patriotism. The festivities continue, following the parade, at Lower Manning Park. There is plenty of food & music. To participate in the parade, call by July 1st. Parade starts at 11:30am and the Lower Manning Park festivities begin immediately after. At 7:30am, on the morning of the fourth, there is a pancake breakfast at the San Ysidro Firehouse. Tickets available at the door. For more information, call 805-969-2026

Stow House Old-Fashioned 4th of July - This event occurs in the city of Goleta, CA, minutes north of Santa Barbara. Sponsored by the Goleta Historical Society and Stow House, this annual celebration from 11am to 4pm includes strong pro-family and turn-of-the-century traditions. Enjoy hayrides, live music and dancing and a non-stop schedule of on-stage musicians. For more information, call 805-681-7216

Goleta Fireworks Festival - This event occurs in the city of Goleta, CA, minutes north of Santa Barbara. This annual event is held in Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Rd, behind Camino Real Marketplace in the city of Goleta. The festival runs 4pm-9:30pm and includes live musical entertainment. Activities for kids include inflatable jumpers, face painting and much more. Great food & beverages are a prelude to a spectacular fireworks display at 9pm. Tickets are available at the gate of the event. The festival is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event. For more information, see goletafireworks.org

Elks Lodge Family Fun Fair  - This event occurs in the city of Goleta, CA, minutes north of Santa Barbara. 4th of July Family Fun Fair. Celebrating the American family with an all-day family fun fair. July 4th, 11-am-5pm. Free admission. Full BBQ tri-ip and chicken dinner Noon-4:30pm, hamburgers & hot dogs. Music & entertainment for the whole family. Bingo, pull-tabs, raffle, pony rides, children's crafts area. Local arts & crafts on sale. Santa Barbara Elks Lodge, 150 N. Kellog Ave, Goleta. (805) 964-6858

Solvang 4th of July Parade - This event occurs in the city of Solvang, CA, 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara. The annual parade begins at 11am on Mission Drive in the city of Solvang and travels down Mission Drive, turns on Fourth Street and back to Copenhagen Drive. Festivities continue at Mission Santa Ines and feature food, fun music and culmintae with a fireworks display when the sun sets. The event is free to the public. For more information, see solvangusa.com

St. Andrew's Neighborhood Family Fun Faire on the Fourth - July 4th, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Games, sports, music, food, bike decorating contest, cake and pie baking contest, music, plus much more. All activities are free. BBQ lunch tickets $5 each.  Hosted and located at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 4575 Auhay Dr. Santa Barbara 805-967-6327. South of Hollister between Modoc and Turnpike.