4th of July FREE Family Activities in San Luis Obispo County

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Have some safe family-fun celebrating our beloved country this 2012 Independece Day!

Arroyo Grande

4th of July in the Village

Band Concert in the historic downtown, in the "Gazebo" near the beautiful creek walk area. Bring picnic!

Times: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Downtown Arroyo Grande
Address: Short St., between Olahan & Branch
Phone: 805.473.2250

Pismo Beach

4th of July Fireworks

Live Bands entertain until 9PM, when the Fireworks start. Charge for VIP seating on Pier. Enjoy a great day at the beach!!

Times: 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Address: Pismo Beach Pier
Phone: 805.773.4382


4th of July Sand Sculpture Contest & Fireworks

Sand Sculpture Contest created by kids, novices and professionals. Hometown parade thru Downtown, Fireworks at Dusk. Cayucos rocks in the 4th! Fun for the whole family near the beach in a wonderful small town.

Times: 5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Address: Downtown Cayucos, near Pier
Event City: Cayucos
Phone: 805.995.1200

Morro Bay

4th of July Festivities

Enjoy a day of family activities at Tidelands Park, live music, food, vendors, kids' games and more. Don't miss it! Festivities begin at 12:00 pm.

Times: 12 noon - 9:15 pm
Location: Tidelands Park
Address: South End of Embarcadero
Event City: Morro Bay
Phone: 805.772.4467

San Luis Obispo

Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration

Join the City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department and Rotary SLO Monday Club for an Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration at Mitchell Park. Festivities include free carnival games, sweet treats and a fundraiser BBQ in support of Rotary charities. Musical entertainment plays at the bandstand throughout the day.

Times: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Mitchell Park
Address: 1400 Osos St.
Phone: 805.781.7300
Sponsor: Rotary SLO Monday Club


Independence Day Parade

The parade is sponsored each year by Templeton Kiwanis. The festivities begin at 10:00 am and run along Main Street. After the parade, please join us back at Templeton Community Park for the awards ceremony, food, entertainment, music, fun and games. For questions or additional information on the Parade, please contact Leslie Alvarao at (805) 441-8342.

Times: 10:00 am
Location: Main Street
Phone: 805.434.4900


4th of July at the Lake Park

It's an all-day Fourth of July Celebration at Atascadero Lake Park, 9315 Pismo Ave., in Atascadero. Enter the 4th of July Bike Rides presented by K-Man Cyclery, or the Kennedy Club Fitness 5k, 10k, and one-mile runs. Pause at the inspiring Faces of Freedom Memorial. Join the horseshoe-pitching contest. Ride the antique carousel. Enjoy food all day long by Atascadero Lions and Kiwanis. Hear the Mudskippers and the Martin Paris Band. Bring the kids for bounces houses, pony rides, a wading pool and picnic games. And enjoy the only zoo on the Central Coast, the Charles Paddock Zoo, free of charge! In the afternoon - a free movie for the kids at Galaxy Theatre downtown. It's the all-day Fourth of July Celebration at Atascadero Lake Park.

Times: Starts at 7:00 a.m.
Location: Lake Park
Address: 9315 Pismo Ave.
Event City: Atascadero

Paso Robles

PasoBlast! 4th of July Celebration

Celebrate our Nation's Birthday with a patriotic event for the both the community and visitors. This will a be fun family event for all to enjoy. NO Pets- No Alcoholic Beverages.

4PM - 10PM- Fireworks Show begins about 9:15pm
Program begins at 8PM with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner

- Entertainment
- Food available for purchase: hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos, gelato ice-cream
- Limited free parking, paid parking available at $10/car, $15/RV
- Raffle to be held, Buy Tickets at the Park
1st Prize: Start the fireworks and $100 dinner gift certificate to the Firestone Tap Room
2nd Prize: One night stay at the Marriott Courtyard, Paso Roles and a case of Firestone beer
3rd Prize: One night stay at any Motel 6 in California and a case of Firestone beer

Times: 4:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Barney Schwartz Park
Address: 2970 Union Road
Event City: Paso Robles
Phone: 805.226.9262
Parking: Limited Free, $10