There is no better way to start the summer than by enjoying a Santa Ynez vacation over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Our six towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang will show you what celebrating America is all about. VisitSYV can get you ready for the trip with our listings of things to do in Solvang, best wineries in Los Olivos, and Santa Ynez hotels and inns.
Stay the holiday weekend because there is so much to experience. Grab a Santa Ynez wineries map and explore the finest wineries California has to offer. Take advantage of a Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association Summer Pass, which admits you to 12 winery tasting rooms until August 31, 2016, or check out the SYV Craft Beer Trail. Stroll through charming towns and enjoy fine dining in Santa Ynez Valley restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend or a fun family outing, Santa Ynez Valley is the place for you. Here are some of the Independence Day celebrations we have in store:
- Independence Day Parade, Festival & Fourth of July Fireworks: The Santa Ynez Valley Rotary 4th of July Festival and Fireworks show is one of the best events on the Central Coast. Festivities take place at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang. The day kicks off at 11am with a patriotic 4th of July parade, “Valley Life and Liberty.” There will be food booths, fun and game booths, a beer and wine garden, and kids’ activities. Live stage entertainment starts at 5 pm, with fabulous fireworks at 9 pm.
- Red, White, and Blues: July 2 from 1-4 pm at Zaca Mesa Winery in Los Olivos. Celebrate 4th of July with family and friends out on the patio with live music performed by Pacific Coast Blues Band. Pack a picnic, buy a bottle of wine, and enjoy the afternoon.
- Americana Fest: July 3 from 1-9:30 pm at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company in Buellton. Four Americana bands will play throughout the day as you enjoy craft beer along with BBQ food, floats and baked goods. Try your luck in a watermelon eating contest or come for specialty cask releases at 2:30 and 6:30pm.
- Bedford Winery’s All American Pie Baking Contest & Picnic: July 3 from 1-5 pm at Bedford Winery Tasting Room & Courtyard in Los Alamos. The perfect summer afternoon in a garden courtyard with a picnic of grilled sausages, along with a glass of your favorite wine and a slice (or two) of homemade pie.
About The Author: Shelby Sim grew up just 30 minutes south of the Santa Ynez Valley on the coast in Goleta, CA. After living in many different states and traveling the world, he returned to the area and discovered the many quality wines being produced here. Shelby has worked in the area for the last 11 years as a wine tour host, while acting as director of business development with the Goleta chamber, and later as a sales manager for Bacara Resort and Spa. He recently moved his family to Buellton and is honored to be executive director of Visit the Santa Ynez Valley, the premier destination marketing organization (DMO) for the region.
About VisitSYV.com: Visit Santa Ynez Valley provides listings of the best Santa Ynez wineries, best places to eat in Solvang, Santa Ynez hotels and inns, and things to do in Santa Ynez Valley. Visit the website at www.VisitSYV.com for complete travel and visitor services. “Like” the Facebook page for ideas on planning Santa Ynez vacations. Email info@VisitSYV.com for help planning your next vacation in the Santa Ynez Valley.