Independence Day Celebrations on the Central Coast

Written by Estero Bay News

July 1, 2022

Don’t miss the fourth annual Cayucos Community Beach Concert at Montecito on July 3. Back Bay Betty plays from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m and The Charities play from 7 – 9 p.m. Enter the beach at the Studio Drive Beach Access (near Old Creek Rd) and walk to the casita on the rock. Bring chairs, food, drinks, and a donation for the town.

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Waterfront Market takes place in Morro Bay on July 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. All products are hand-made locally in San Luis Obispo County. This family and pet friendly event is free to the public at Giovanni’s Fish Market at 1001 Front St. in Morro Bay.

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Join 4th of July celebrations early with a rooftop pool party on July 2 from 12 to 8 p.m. at Hotel Cerro in SLO, 1125 Garden St. The event features barbecue-style dishes, hand-crafted cocktails, and live music from pop artist Nataly Lola.This event is complimentary to hotel guests and $20 per individual for the public. Subject to availability. First come, first serve. 

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The Cayucos Chamber has Independence Day festivities planned. Fireworks on the Cayucos Pier take place after dusk on July 4. All day before that, the Chamber presents the Front Street Faire from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. featuring a myriad of food, boutique apparel, and craft and retail vendors. Stop by the Cayucos Chamber booth on Front Street to enter their Beachfront Vacation Rental giveaway.

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Art in the Park in Morro Bay takes place July 2-4 at Morro Bay Park on the corner of Morro Bay Blvd and Harbor Drive. Saturday and Sunday goes from10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, July 4 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check out 108 booths representing 125 independent artists and craft workers. 

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The Cayucos Lions club will once again sponsor the Independence Day Parade. This year the theme is “Re-united and it feels so good.” It starts at 10 a.m., but get there early because Ocean Avenue will be closed at 7th street at 9 a.m.

Directly after the parade check out the Cayucos Lions Club sponsored BBQ at the Vet’s hall-serving BBQ oysters, tri tip sandwiches, hotdogs and beverages. The Club is also hosting a sand-sculptor contest, starting at 5 a.m. with judging at 9 a.m.

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Join History Center SLO for a July 4 pancake breakfast at Camp San Luis Obispo, the original home of the California National Guard. Bring the entire family and enjoy a delicious traditional pancake breakfast in troop mess hall (Bldg 839) from 0800 until 1000 hours (8-10 a.m.) prepared by the Bay-Osos Kiwanis Club. 

Following chow, your marching orders are to deploy on the Heritage Walking Tour at your own pace. Inspect the historic Camp SLO Chapel and continue your reconnaissance up Sonoma Avenue to learn about each of the statues, memorials, and military vehicles displayed, including the Bataan Memorial diorama.

Please allow yourself at least an hour to peruse the Camp’s military heritage displays along the half-mile self-guided walking tour loop. Printed pamphlets will describe the historic features. Informative audio recordings may also be available. So, bring your charged mobile device and headphones, cellular data roaming service required for downloads. 

The proceeds, $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12, will benefit the educational activities of the History Center of SLO and the California State Guard Foundation, Museum Program. Children under 6 are free.

Drivers of all vehicles entering Camp SLO are required to show current drivers license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance at the main gate entrance on Hwy 1 between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. Signage will direct vehicles to the parking lot adjacent to the dining facility on Calveras Avenue. Get tickets at historycenterslo.org/campslo.html.

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Fireworks and fun return to the Pismo beach on July 4. Fireworks explode from the pier at about nightfall, but the day starts at 9 a.m. with a DJ, music, and vendors in the Pier parking lot. 

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Arroyo Grande will once again be home to Concerts in the Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 4 at Centennial Park. The Village Band plays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. then Unfinished Business takes to the stage from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Avila will once again go to the dogs on the 4th of July. Start off the holiday celebration with a pancake breakfast for you and your canine friends in the garden of the Avila Beach Community Center, then head down to the Avila Beach Promenade for the annual Doggie Parade at 11 a.m. For more information, call 805-627-1997.

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The Atascadero 4th of July Music Festival takes place at the Atascadero Lake Park from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 4. There is fun for everyone including music, food, drinks, family fun, kids amusements & playground, and vendors. Don’t forget to bring your low back chair or blanket. The artists Bremen Town, Brad Alvord, and the Way Out West Band are slated to perform.

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