Tag archives: Independence Day

Red, White, and Blue on a Boat
By Richard Mineards   |   July 18, 2023

Independence Day lived up to all its expectations with the annual village parade wending its circuitous new route along Coast Village and Hot Springs roads watched by colorful crowds, including Meghan Markle and Prince Harry holding his two-year-old daughter Lilibet. Having played King George III with the late Santa Barbara Polo Club publicist Charles Ward […]

A Harbor Barbecue Bash
By Richard Mineards   |   July 12, 2022

Santa Barbara harbor was festooned in red, white, and blue as thousands turned out to watch the 20-minute Independence Day fireworks on West Beach. Former Santa Barbara Yacht Club commodore and uber philanthropist Roger Chrisman and his wife, Sarah, took the post-pandemic opportunity to host an equally colorful nautical bash on their 78-foot cruiser PolarIIs. […]

Our Forefathers, Forecasters? Forthright?
By Gwyn Lurie   |   July 9, 2020

I wrote this letter July 4th-5th, 2020. Growing up, Independence Day was one of my favorite holidays. It was a celebration of the strong shoulders upon which this great nation was built; a celebration of the principles our Founding Fathers fought for and a celebration of the Founding Fathers themselves. The food was great and […]

Juneteenth: A Holiday that Matters
By Rinaldo Brutoco   |   June 25, 2020

We are writing this piece on June 19, 2020, and wanted to wish everyone Happy Juneteenth! For many of our readers, this might be the first year you’ve heard about the holiday called Juneteenth, but it’s been celebrated around parts of the United States since 1886, with more and more people celebrating it each year. […]

Letters to the Editor
By Montecito Journal   |   July 18, 2019

By the Numbers Congress declining to deal with border issues has permitted an “estimated” 11 million illegal immigrants into California. Trying to solve California’s shortages for funding for housing, education, road and bridges repairs and medical care will be like trying to fill a bottomless pit unless, and until, the ultimate number of people using […]

Setting Sail
By Richard Mineards   |   July 11, 2019

After “kinging” as George III in the Village Fourth with Justin Bieber watching, for the seventh consecutive year with Dallas dynamo Charles Ward, Santa Barbara Polo Club promoter as George Washington, in his Mercedes convertible driven by British author Deborah Richards, I dashed off to the harbor to board former Santa Barbara Yacht Club commodore […]

Grilling Out
By Richard Mineards   |   July 11, 2019

Hamburgers and hot dogs ruled the menu when the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission held its 11th annual Independence Day barbecue in the parking lot at its newly renovated property on East Yanonali Street. More than 300 homeless guests enjoyed 560 hamburgers and hotdogs, and 27 pounds of macaroni and potato salad, while quaffing hundreds of […]

Freedom Facts and Fictions
By Bob Hazard   |   July 5, 2018

Ask anyone why we celebrate the 4th of July holiday and the most frequent answer is that July 4 represents our nation’s birthday. This is only partially correct.  On July 2, 1776 (not July 4), members of the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, voted to declare independence from Great Britain for the 13 colonies. […]