Fourth of July Activities and Fireworks on the Central Coast

Central Coast Fireworks

You may have heard that it’s more difficult to watch fireworks on the central coast this year, so we’ve compiled a list of where you can go watch fireworks, as well as activities around the central coast that are going on without fireworks. We hope you have a safe time with your friends and family on the 4th!

Places you can watch fireworks on the central coast July 4th:

Pismo Beach

Event Details:

10 A.M. – 11 P.M.

Free general admission

$25 each VIP seating on Pismo Pier. Available for advance purchase at 581 Dolliver, Pismo beach and www.pismochamber.com
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Cayucos
Event details:

Fourth of July is a fabulous day in Cayucos. The sand sculptures are created by children, novices, and professionals. (Maybe you would like to build one?) They are truly works of art. The hometown parade is a delight to all. Make sure you come early to find parking and your observation spot. And the fireworks display being shot off the pier? Well, come see for yourself. Find that special spot on the beach and enjoy the show. Cayucos rocks on the Fourth of July!
Please leave fireworks at home. No fires, fireworks or alcohol on beach.

Sand Sculpture Contest 5am-8am by the pier Sponsored by Cayucos Lions Club
Annual Parade 10am, Ocean Ave.
Cayucos Lion’s BBQ/food 11am-3pm, Vet’s Hall
Cayucos Lioness Bingo 1pm-4pm, Vets Hall
Fireworks 9pm, from the Cayucos Pier

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Santa Maria

Event details:

“Star Spangled Carnival and Community Fireworks Show”

Santa Maria will celebrate Independence Day on Monday, July 4th starting at 3:00 p.m. with the afternoon’s Star Spangled Carnival at Pioneer Valley High School’s Panther Stadium, followed by the City’s Community Fireworks Show at 9:00 p.m.

Street closures will be enforced in surrounding neighborhoods, and event parking will be provided. Santa Maria Area Transit is traditionally closed on Independence Day. Families are encouraged to carpool.

Event parking is at the school, 675 Panther Drive, and will be managed by school staff and volunteers. Parking will be $5 per vehicle. The spaces will open at 3:00 p.m. There are about 975 spaces. No parking is allowed on Panther Drive.

Street barricades into residential neighborhoods will be set up and manned. Access will be granted to residents and their guests. Panther Drive at Suey Crossing Road will be closed at 6:00 p.m. with access only open to residents after that time.

Event-goers must not bring any alcohol, tobacco, and fireworks, in accordance with law.

Event notifications/invitations will be distributed to residents in the neighborhoods bordered by Suey Crossing Road, Panther Drive, Main Street, and Dressler Avenue.

The school and the City are partnering on the carnival, which will feature a band, carnival games, inflatables (bounce houses), food, and vendors. The City identified the high school as a potential site for the fireworks show because it provides a large venue for parking and events, and discussed the concept with school district and high school officials, who agreed to partner on the event.

Map of Pioneer Valley High School for the Star Spangled Carnival

Map of Pioneer Valley High School for the Star Spangled Carnival

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Lompoc

Event Details:

Fourth of July Spectacular Fireworks Show
6:00 PM – 9:00

Once again the City of Lompoc will amaze and entertain you with a fabulous sky spectacular. There will be entertainment, food and lots of fun. Bring your blankets, family, friends and appetite and enjoy a good old-fashioned community Fourth of July Celebration. Tickets will be on sale through the Lompoc Recreation Division beginning June 6th. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and needed to ensure a 2016 Fourth of July show. Unfortunately, no glass containers, ice chests, pets, smoking or alcohol will be permitted.

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4th of July Activities on the Central Coast

Atascadero
San Luis Obispo County Band performs
10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Atascadero Lake Park Bandstand

Charles Paddock statue dedication
2:00 p.m., Charles Paddock Zoo, 9305 Pismo Avenue

Templeton
Fire Department Pancake Breakfast
7:00 – 9:30 a.m., 206 5th Street
Tickets: $5, available at Templeton Community Services District Office, Farmers’ Market, or any Templeton firefighter

Independence Day Parade & Celebration in the Park
Parade: 10:00 a.m., Main Street & Crocker Street
Activities at Templeton Community Park continue until 3:00 p.m. (awards ceremony, food, entertainment, music, craft vendors, beer and wine for sale)

Santa Margarita
4th of July Parade
9:30 a.m., begins at corner of H Street & Yerba Buena, continues down H Street to the park

Cambria
Picnic in the Park
Shamel Park
Opening Ceremonies: 11:00 a.m.
Linn’s Pie Eating Contest (following the Waiter/Waitress race): 1:00 p.m.
Live music, bounce house, concessions, games, and food

Craft Fair
Veteran’s Hall parking lot
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Morro Bay
Art in the Park
July 3-5
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Morro Bay City Park, Morro Bay Blvd. & Harbor Street

Independence Day Celebration
Noon – 5:00 p.m., Tidelands Park
Live music, children’s activities, lawn games
Morro Bay Mile Skateboard Race: 10:00 a.m.
Bike Parade: 12:00 p.m.
Flag Ceremony: 2:00 p.m.

Avila Beach
Pancake breakfast
8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Tickets: $5 adults, $2.50 kids under 6
Avila Beach Community Center

Doggie Parade
11:30 a.m.
Avila Promenade

Arroyo Grande
Village Summer Concert
The Village Band
1:00 p.m., Rotary Bandstand, Heritage Square Park

Lompoc
Bike Parade & Concert
Parade: 11:30 a.m., starts at Lompoc Veteran’s Memorial Building, 100 East Locust Ave.; ends at Centennial Park, H Street & Cypress Avenue
Park activities begin at 11:45 a.m.; live music, food and beverages for sale, bounce house

Fireworks
6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Lompoc High School’s Huyck Stadium
Tickets: $7 adults, $5 children

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