4th of July Events in Monterey County

Celebrate Independence Day (and your day off) this year where California was first born! Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Salinas are each throwing their own hometown bashes. Which one will you be attending?


Beginning at noon Devendorf Park on Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea turns red, white and blue for a day packed full of live music, food, fun and games! Pack a lunch, bring a blanket and chill out to classic rock jams.


Downtown Monterey shows off their patriotism with multiple events throughout the day! The holiday kicks off at 7am with a pancake breakfast followed by a spectacular 4th of July parade which marches down Alvarado and Calle Principal at 10am. Afterwards stick around for the annual lawn party on the grass in front of Colton Hall on Pacific Street from 11am to 4:30pm. The entire family will love the BBQ, non-stop live music, carnival games, face painting and food booths.

The Memory Garden in downtown Monterey opens its doors for Living History Day. From 11am to 3pm the entire family will enjoy tours, games, crafts and rope making! Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children under 17 and free for those 5 and under. 

Still need more? Head over to the Golden State Theatre in Oldtown Monterey where the Monterey County Pops put on a free patriotic concert. The doors open at 6pm and the program begins at 7pm.

Pacific Grove

"America's Last Hometown" goes big with a BBQ and live entertainment at Caledonia Park on the 4th of July. Pacific Grove welcomes guests for live music and kids activities. Don't miss the old-fashioned BBQ which includes chicken or hot dogs, baked beans, garlic bread, salad and dessert for $10. The event also includes live musical entertainment from P.G. rockers, Firefly, and the vocal talents of the Monterey Peninsula Choral Society’s community choir, Monterey Peninsula Voices. 11am-3pm.

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