50 years ago last June 14th my parents packed up their stuff (and kids) in Palos Verdes, CA, and moved to Santa Barbara. We arrived on the South Coast between an oil spill and a moon landing.
During the last 50 years I have seen just about everything there is to see in Santa Barbara EXCEPT a 4th of July celebration. My parents have a tradition, that predates my existence, of spending 4th of July with friends who live in a spectacular bay-front home on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, and I have joined them each year, without fail, since I left the crib.
It looks like that tradition may have ended so I am about to experience a South Coast Independence Day for the first time. Where is the best place to watch the Santa Barbara fireworks show? What else do you do in town? Any tips you can provide would be appreciated.
The Boat Parade and Fun Zone in Balboa, CA