Celebrating Independence Day in Santa Barbara, California
Last year I was in Ireland for the 4th of July. I didn’t really think I’d miss celebrating Independence Day in Santa Barbara, but I did.
I missed getting together with family and friends for barbeques, going to the parades, and seeing the local fireworks display… The things I’ve done traditionally my entire life.
I decided to delay my travel this year and stay in Santa Barbara for the 4th of July… I wanted fireworks!
It’s always fun to start the day by checking out the parade. It’s practically right outside my door.
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After the parade, the Santa Barbara Wharf is a great place to hang out. Live music and performances are featured throughout the day on West Beach.
Santa Barbara puts on a great fireworks display right on the waterfront.
After the fireworks, the crowd heads down State Street. As we walk through the tunnel under the freeway, several people break out an American flag. The crowd begins chanting USA, USA… The voices echo off the concrete walls, and I am happy I decided to stay in Santa Barbara for this 4th of July.
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