Celebrating the 4th of July in Pismo Beach & All of SLO County

San Luis Obispo County offers an array of festive activities for Independence Day, ensuring a memorable celebration for all ages. From spectacular fireworks to charming parades, here’s a roundup of the key events happening across the county.

Pismo Beach Centennial and 4th of July Celebration

The July 4th Celebration at the Pismo Beach Pier Plaza promises a day full of activities, including live music, family-friendly entertainment from 12pm-9pm. The celebrations culminate in a dazzling fireworks display, over the pier, for all to enjoy. The Fireworks show will begin at 9pm. The city will also host a ticketed dinner on the pier catered by a local restaurant for those to experience the fireworks up close and center! Be on the lookout for ticket sales coming soon!

-For more information visit: https://www.experiencepismobeach.com/event/july-4th-celebration-and-centennial-celebration/413/


Fireworks and Fun in Cayucos

Cayucos is renowned for its vibrant 4th of July celebrations, drawing locals and visitors alike. The day kicks off with the annual Sand Sculpture Contest, where creative minds transform the beach into a gallery of sandy masterpieces. Following the contest, the town parade takes over the streets, featuring decorated floats, marching bands, and a festive atmosphere that captures the community spirit. As the sun sets, anticipation builds for the fireworks display over the ocean. Cayucos’ fireworks are a highlight of the day, illuminating the night sky and reflecting off the waves, creating a magical sight for spectators gathered along the shore.

-Sand Sculpture Competition setup starts at 4am, wrap up by 10am.

-Town parade starts at 10am

-Fireworks from the pier start at 9pm

-For more information visit https://www.cayucoschamber.com/july4th


Paso Robles at Barney Schwartz Park

The City of Paso Robles offers a day-long celebration at Barney Schwartz Park. The event features live music, family-friendly activities, and a variety of food vendors. As night falls, the sky above the park lights up with a spectacular fireworks show, providing a grand finale to the day’s festivities and a perfect way to celebrate the nation’s independence.

-Event takes place 2pm-10pm

-For more information visit: https://www.prcity.com/calendar.aspx?EID=2402


Avila Beach’s Doggie Parade & Pancake Breakfast

In Avila Beach, the celebrations take a delightful turn with the 4th of July Doggie Parade. Pet owners and their furry friends dress up in patriotic costumes, parading through the town and competing for the best-dressed titles. This event adds a unique and charming twist to the Independence Day festivities, celebrating the bond between humans and their pets. Before the parade, an Avila beach traditional Pancake breakfast is served!

-Pancake Breakfast is held at the Avila Beach Community Center, 191 San Miguel Street from 8:30-11:00 a.m., followed by the Doggie Parade on the Avila Promenade at 11 a.m. 

-Tickets for the breakfast are $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 and under.

-For more information, and to register your pup, visit: https://avilabeachcc.com/schedule-of-events


Atascadero 4th of July Music Festival

In Atascadero, the 4th of July Music Festival is a highlight for music lovers and families alike. This free event, held at Atascadero Lake Park, offers a fantastic lineup of live music performances. Attendees can enjoy a picnic in the park while listening to a variety of music genres. The festival also includes a family-friendly zone with vendors, ensuring a fun-filled day for all ages. As the sun sets, the skies light up with a stunning fireworks display, providing a perfect ending to a day of celebration. Don’t forget your lawn chair or blanket, and come join us in Atascadero!

-For more information visit: https://www.atascadero4thofjuly.org/


Celebrating the 4th of July in San Luis Obispo County offers a diverse array of activities that honor American traditions while providing unique local flair. Whether paying tribute to veterans, enjoying live music, parading with pets, or experiencing small-town coastal charm, there’s no better place to embrace the spirit of Independence Day.


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