On July 4th, celebrate freedom with free stuff to enjoy

On July 4th, celebrate freedom with free stuff to enjoy

On July 4th, celebrate freedom with free stuff to enjoy

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The annual Fourth of July celebration of freedom includes plenty of free things to do.

Fireworks from coast to coast, including the show at West Beach in Santa Barbara, are free, thanks to the communities and donations that fund them. (

Children 10 and under eat free at the Montecito Firefighters Association’s annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast. (

The parades on the 4th are also free.

“We’re going to be in the shortest parade in Santa Barbara County, the Montecito 4th of July Parade. It’s like a reunion for the Bucket Brigade” (

La Boheme dancer Jessie Prodromos said members of the group will be there dressed in red, white and blue.

“There will be sack races, a pie-eating contest and live music, so there will be plenty of free fun for everyone,” Prodromos said.

They will also be at West Beach, next to the bandstand, where free live music begins at noon. (

Music lovers can also enjoy the annual free outdoor Prime Time Band concert in the Courthouse Sunken Garden featuring our very own Anikka Abbott starting at 5pm (

The fun continues through the weekend with the annual Rods and Roses car show on Linden Ave. before the Carpinteria Independence Day Parade. (

Jessie Prodromos’ husband, Michael, said the beach is also a popular place to spend a summer day without spending money.

“The best thing about Santa Barbara is that we’re close to the beach, so everyone is on the shore and can freely enjoy our entire beach. There’s nothing better than jumping into the Pacific,” said Michael Prodromos.

People are already dressing up for the holiday with patriotic hats, boots and outfits, giving spectators a sort of fashion show to enjoy.