2022 Fireworks by the Sea Will Not Take Place, Plenty of 4th of July Activities On Tap

The annual Fireworks by the Sea 4th of July event at the Channel Islands Harbor will not take place due to lack of funding, the Ventura County Harbor Department announced today.

This marks the third year in a row the fireworks show will not take place. In 2020 and 2021 it was shut down due to lack of funding and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ventura County Harbor Department Director Michael Tripp said the fireworks show was traditionally funded by the Harbor Department and the City of Oxnard. However, budget shortfalls forced both agencies to eliminate funding for the event.

“We know there is a high demand for a seaside fireworks show at the Harbor, but we also need to be fiscally responsible,” Director Tripp said.

4th of July Activities

While the there will not be fireworks, there will be plenty of activities taking place.

4th of July Family Parade

Bring your strollers, wagons, and walking shoes for the Channel Islands Harbor 4th of July Family Parade and walk north on Harbor Blvd. with your family and show off your favorite red, white, and blue attire. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at Albacore Way, travels north up Harbor Blvd. and ends at Cabezone Circle, home to Marine Emporium Landing.

You must have a 4th of July Family Parade form filled out and submitted prior to participating. Download the Parade Entry Form and email it back to CIHarborVisitors@ventura.org

4th of July Markets


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After the parade, there will be a Block Park near Marine Emporium Landing to enjoy.


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At Fisherman’s Wharf, there will another market hosted by the Streets of Vintage offering food trucks, live music, art, and vendors.

4th of July Electric Boat Parade

At 2 p.m., take a seat landside and watch the seventh annual 4th of July Electric Boat Parade, hosted by Central Coast Electric Boats. Visit this link if you want to participate in the parade on your electric boat.

Take a Deck Tour on the Mystic Whaler

If you are at the Harbor all weekend, don’t miss out on taking a tour of the Central Coast’s only tall ship, the Mystic Whaler!