Santa Maria will celebrate Independence Day on Monday, July 4th starting at 3:00 p.m. with the afternoon’s Star Spangled Carnival at Pioneer Valley High School’s Panther Stadium, followed by the City’s Community Fireworks Show at 9:00 p.m.
Street closures will be enforced in surrounding neighborhoods, and event parking will be provided. Santa Maria Area Transit is traditionally closed on Independence Day. Families are encouraged to carpool.
Event parking is at the school, 675 Panther Drive, and will be managed by school staff and volunteers. Parking will be $5 per vehicle. The spaces will open at 3:00 p.m. There are about 975 spaces. No parking is allowed on Panther Drive.
Street barricades into residential neighborhoods will be set up and manned. Access will be granted to residents and their guests. Panther Drive at Suey Crossing Road will be closed at 6:00 p.m. with access only open to residents after that time.
Event-goers must not bring any alcohol, tobacco, and fireworks, in accordance with law.
Event notifications/invitations will be distributed to residents in the neighborhoods bordered by Suey Crossing Road, Panther Drive, Main Street, and Dressler Avenue.
The school and the City are partnering on the carnival, which will feature a band, carnival games, inflatables (bounce houses), food, and vendors. The City identified the high school as a potential site for the fireworks show because it provides a large venue for parking and events, and discussed the concept with school district and high school officials, who agreed to partner on the event.
Donations are being sought from the community to fund Santa Maria’s Fourth of July fireworks show. Tax-deductible donations to fund the fireworks show can be made to PLAY Inc., a non-profit partner with the Recreation and Parks Department. Contributions can be sent to PLAY Inc., Attention: Fireworks, 615 S. McClelland St., Santa Maria, CA 93454.
“Providing a great fireworks show also is an important part of getting the community to minimize use of illegal fireworks,” Mark van de Kamp, the City’s Public Information Officer, said. “And, by moving the fireworks show from the middle of town, to the outskirts of town, that minimizes the impacts on as many residents as possible.”