The 55th Annual Fourth of July Parade on State Street is followed by a free evening concert at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens. These events are hosted by the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF).
The parade begins at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Micheltorena and State Streets and travels down State Street all the way to Old Town Santa Barbara at Cota Street. Over 175 groups are expected to participate, including fire and law enforcement agency members, marching bands, dance troupes, military vehicles, vintage cars decked out in red, white and blue and more! Floats and vehicles will be on public display after the parade on State between Cota and Haley Streets.
Hazel Blankenship, the co-founding director of PCVF, states, “This year’s theme —’Heroes in Our Community’—is appropriate, given the fire and Jan. 9 events that dramatically impacted our quality of life. What better way to show our respect and admiration for all those in service to our local community and country than a fun public gathering to celebrate our country’s Independence Day.”
Fred Cota, who spearheads the Santa Barbara 4th of July Committee says, “Citizens of and visitors to Santa Barbara look forward to celebrating the 4th of July holiday by attending these fun, traditional, family-friendly events. This year’s program is destined to be our best one yet!”
Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation also hosts the Fourth of July Concert at the Courthouse Sunken Garden starting at 5 p.m. This year’s program, produced by the Cielo Foundation, features the Crown City Brass Quintet with Andrew Malloy on Trombone, Sarah Bach on French Horn, Marty Fenton Frear and Robert Frear on Trumpet and Norman Pearson on Tuba.
Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served in the United States military. PCVF does so by supporting veterans and active duty members, and related partner organizations, in both Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Additionally, the foundation focuses on preserving the military history, legacy and works to uphold Pierre Claeyssens’s vision that those who have served are “Never Forgotten.”
For more information please visit www.pcvf.org.