(article by Kelly Mahan, Calcagno & Hamilton agent)
It’s that time of year: Montecito’s most popular community event, the Village Fourth, is Monday, July 4, and plans are well underway to accommodate thousands of residents who will take part in the breakfast, parade, and barbecue.
The 21st annual event begins at 7:30 am with the Montecito Fire Protection District’s (MFPD) pancake breakfast at Fire Station #1 on San Ysidro Road. For $8, attendees can enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, and Green Star coffee, served by Montecito’s finest firefighters. Proceeds from the breakfast, which ends around 10:30 am, benefit the Montecito Firefighters’ Benevolent Fund. There is no parking available on site, however a drop-off location will be available at the base of the Fire District’s driveway.
Around 11:30 am, a patriotic parade of walkers, floats, fire engines, and antique cars will make its way down San Ysidro Road to Santa Rosa Lane, ending at Lower Manning Park. Attendees are encouraged to don their red, white, and blue, and wave American flags, which are distributed by Montecito Association board members. As always, the parade will be led by Montecito school kids.
Following the short parade route, everyone will gather for an old-fashioned barbecue at lower Manning Park, complete with hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and soda, and beer and wine for adults. School-aged kids will take part in the famous Montecito Cup games –including a pie-eating contest, tug of war, and sack races. Cold Spring School was the winner of the Cup last year. The usual activities for the younger kids will take place: face painting, bounce houses, and a fishing booth. Newly-designed Village Fourth T-shirts are currently for sale at Vons on Coast Village Road and also in the Upper Village.
Don’t miss one of our community’s most beloved events! See you there!