The city of Santa Barbara will not hold a Fourth of July fireworks event to adhere to public health guidelines. The community is encouraged to celebrate the holiday in a safe manner and avoid gatherings and crowded areas.

Events and gatherings of 10 people or greater are currently not allowed indoors or outdoors to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. To discourage attracting or forming crowds, there are no plans to stage or make accommodations for live music, food trucks, or other related public celebratory events for the Fourth of July holiday.

This year, Cabrillo Boulevard and Lower State Street will remain open to vehicle traffic and no parade is planned. In lieu of the live parade on State Street, the Pierre-Claeyssens Foundation is hosting a virtual celebration at 6 p.m. July 4 on KEYT, Channel 3 to honor the nation’s birthday.

The city will be adding mobile message boards and signage, and increase public safety staffing during the holiday weekend to reinforce social distancing and public health guidelines.

Following are some tips for a safe and responsible celebration:

Start a new tradition with your family with a backyard barbecue or picnic celebration at home.
Maintain a safe six-foot distance at all times with anyone outside your household on streets, sidewalks, parks and beaches.
Wear a face mask in public areas, as required by the governor’s order with exceptions.
Fireworks use is strictly prohibited at home or public areas.
Avoid crowded areas at parks, beaches, streets and sidewalks.