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Celebrate Independence Day at these local 4th of July events 

–Fourth of July celebrations are taking place throughout San Luis Obispo County. Kicking off in Paso Robles was the Paso Pops Symphony and Independence Day Celebration on July 1, but there is still more to see. Celebration activities include the return of the bluegrass festival to Atascadero, local celebrations in Templeton and Santa Margarita, and fireworks in Cambria, Cayucos, and Pismo Beach.


Atascadero 4th of July Bluegrass Freedom Festival – July 4

From 4-8 p.m. on July 4, Atascadero Lake Park will be filled with the hometown fun of a great BBQ, hometown community spirit, and the celebration of our national freedom! Activities include family-fun amusements and games, vendors, boat relay races, BBQ and a bluegrass concert headlined by Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players. Event is free to attend. To purchase barbecue tickets, click here.

Templeton: 4th of July Celebration in the Park – July 4

The day starts with the Templeton Fire Department’s Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. Breakfast is followed by the Templeton Kiwanis Club parade then the celebration in the park with live music, food, booths, family activities, cold beer, and live music by the Turkey Buzzards until 3 p.m. Folding chairs, shade awnings and picnic blankets recommended. No dogs please. No fireworks allowed. Parade and the park celebration are free. Get pancake breakfast tickets at the Templeton Fire Department at 205 5th St in Templeton or call (805) 434-4911.

Santa Margarita 4th of July Celebration and Parade – July 4

Santa Margarita will hold its annual Fourth of July celebration on July 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Community is encouraged to decorate bikes and wagons in red, white and blue and join the parade down H street. After the parade there will be live music, games, contests, art and craft faire and more at Santa Margarita Community Park, 9509 State Route 58. For more information call (805) 438.5011

Cambria 4th of July Picnic in the Park – July 4

Fireworks are back! Cambria’s old fashioned July 4 celebration starts at 11 a.m. in Shamel Park, 5455 Windsor Blvd. Activities include live music, Waiter and Waitress Balancing Tray Relay Race, Messy Pie Eating Contest, raffle drawings and kid’s games and activities. Swimming pool is open 11-6 p.m. Free parking. Free admission. Trolley runs 10-6 p.m. along Main St. and Moonstone Beach Dr to the park. Fireworks end the day.

Independence Day Festivities – July 4

Cayucos hosts the annual sand sculpture contest from 5-8 a.m., a 10 a.m. parade on Ocean Ave., Lions Club BBQ 11-3 p.m., afternoon bingo from 1-4 p.m. and fireworks at the pier at 9 p.m. For more information contact the Cayucos Chamber of Commerce a (805) 995-1200 or email

Morro Bay Family Funday – July 4

Enjoy a family-friendly July 4 beginning at noon at Morro Rock with a bike parade. Decorate your “ride” in its best red, white and blue motif. Participants will then cruise the Embarcadero (led by our Morro Bay police cruiser) down to Tidelands Park, where the celebration continues with an honoring of the military, music and games. Bring a picnic. Event is alcohol free. For more information contact the Morro Bay Tourism Bureau or call (805) 225-1570.

Avila Beach July Boat Parade – July 4

The annual San Luis Yacht Club annual 4th of July Parade of Boats at Avila Pier starts at noon. The parade features decorated sail and power boats, led by the Port San Luis Harbor Patrol fire boat (with water cannon). Event includes patriot music and a miniature cannon. At the end of the pier there’s patriotic music and a miniature cannon. Avila Pier in Avila Beach, 11:30- 1 p.m. Free. For more information call the San Luis Yacht Club (805) 345.5468.

4th of July Fireworks Celebration in Pismo Beach – July 4

Celebrate our nation’s independence with music, food, and a Grand Fireworks Display from the famous 1,200 foot Pismo Pier. Event is free. Times are 10 a.m. – 9:30 pm. For more information contact the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce at (800) 443-7778.

Arroyo Grande Fourth of July in the Village – July 4

Celebrate 4th of July at the Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Square Park, 205 Nelson Street. Enjoy the Village Band Concert at 1:00pm. Hot Dogs, Lemonade and Ice Cream will be served by the South County Historical Society! Arroyo Grande in Bloom representatives will again be present and handing out gifts! Event is free. Time 1-3 p.m. For more information call (805) 473-2250.



About the author: Reporter Jackie Iddings

Jackie Iddings is a contributing reporter and photographer for the Paso Robles Daily News.