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Santa Barbara Waterfront Draws Thousands for Fourth of July Fun

Food vendors, free concerts and fireworks show bring in crowds to the city's beaches


People from all over gathered at Santa Barbara's waterfront to experience all the Fourth of July festivities Tuesday, which ended in a booming fireworks show above West Beach.

There were food vendors selling all kinds of goodies, including funnel cakes, fresh roasted corn and hot dogs, and shops set up along Cabrillo Boulevard.

The city also hosted free concerts on Stearns Wharf and West Beach throughout the day, and the sandy shores were packed with people.

Thousands of people streamed into the area for the 9 p.m. fireworks show, which lasted about 20 minutes and lit up the Santa Barbara sky. 

People camped out to watch along the beach, at the Santa Barbara Harbor, at Shoreline Park, and anywhere there was a good lookout, including a stretch along the hilly Loma Alta Drive. 

Downtown Santa Barbara was crowded with people all day, from the midday parade on State Street, to the evening Santa Barbara County Courthouse concert by the West Coast Symphony Orchestra, to the nighttime fireworks show. 

Noozhawk intern Julia Lee can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

People check out food trucks during the Fourth of July festivities along the Santa Barbara waterfront Tuesday. Click to view larger
People check out food trucks during the Fourth of July festivities along the Santa Barbara waterfront Tuesday.  (Julia Lee / Noozhawk photo)

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