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4th of July in Cayucos, Ca

July 4th in Cayucos, Ca

I’m back! After being away for a week, I felt like I was having blogging withdrawals! Don’t get me wrong, our vacation at the beach was wonderful and full of some much needed family time. So I won’t complain one bit… BUT it does feel great to be home typing away again..



We always head to the beach during the summer, but this year was a little different. We got to head to Cayucos, Ca during the fourth of July holiday! Which we’ve never done before. And my goodness will I say it was an amazing experience! I had no clue Cayucos had so much to offer on this holiday..

I knew I needed to write a post about our July 4th trip to share our experiences with you guys. This is honestly how I want to spend every 4th of July from now on.. Because everything else truly fails in comparison.

To start off the morning on the fourth, Cayucos features a pretty darn amazing Sand Sculpture Contest. They have a kids competition area as well as an adult age area for competition. The winners are awarded ribbons as well. Here are some of the really cool ones we saw!


Sand Sculpture Contest

July 4th, 2017 Cayucos, Ca

(Kids Entries)

(Adult Entries)

This of course made me chuckle.. “Pig butts” hehe




Cayucos California Sand Sculpture Contest Fourth of July

This Medusa did it’s job. It was freaking out my kids, lol.

Cayucos California Sand Sculpture Contest Fourth of July

Cayucos California Sand Sculpture Contest Fourth of July

I saved the best for last. This was by far the show stealer this year. This thing was HUGE. And the arial view was even more impressive! It was constructed beside the Cayucos Pier so you could walk out onto the pier and see the above view. It was amazing. I was truly blown away. This must have taken the creators hours!!!


Independence Day Parade

After viewing the sand sculptures, we found a nice little spot on Ocean Ave to sit and wait for the 4th of July Parade. Who knew Cayucos, Ca had a parade on this holiday?! I had no clue.. But it was full of family fun.

The street was filled with patriotic balloons that my youngest was going crazy for. He loves balloons. What kid doesn’t? There was also plenty of music, dancing, and fantastic old cars.

Fourth of July Cayucos, Ca Parade

My son was like, “mom, take a pic of me already!”Fourth of July Cayucos, Ca Parade

Fourth of July Cayucos, Ca Parade Fourth of July Cayucos, Ca Parade

Fourth of July Cayucos, Ca Parade



There were quite a few Veterans who went through the parade as well. It was great to see so many people stand up and support these wonderful individuals.


4th of July Fair

After the parade ended, we decided to head to the fair that was directly behind the parade. They had many unique booths filled with handmade treasures and lots of fair food! My son picked up a rainbow fidget spinner, my daughter found a handmade crochet elephant, and my youngest found a handmade wooden truck (he is obsessed with cars and trucks so this was perfect for him!) We also decided to get some BBQ, followed by dessert!

Cayucos California Fourth of July Fair Food

Cayucos California Fourth of July Fair Food

 I got some strawberry shortcake and the hubby got some Aebleskivers, straight from Solvang, Ca.. They were both very yummy..

After walking the fair and eating some food, we decided to go chill for a bit in our condo until fireworks later on in the evening. Keep in mind that if you come on this day, there will be A LOT of people. I’ve never seen Cayucos this busy. It’s a small town which I adore, mainly because it is not flooded with people. And this seemed to be the only busy day out of the entire week we were there, thank goodness! But now that I’ve seen what the 4th is all about here, I can see why people come pouring in. It is quite the experience!


4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

For the fireworks show, we brought a couple of chairs to the beach and just waited for the sun to go down. How beautiful is the beach at sunset! There was even a guy there doing some flame throwing to keep everyone entertained! The surfers had the best view… If you look closely, you can see them all just waiting in the ocean for the show to start..

Cayucos California fourth of July Fireworks

Cayucos California fourth of July Fireworks

Cayucos California fourth of July Fireworks



Cayucos California fourth of July Fireworks

This was by far the best fireworks show I’ve ever seen. And I am not just saying that. You are so stinking close to the fireworks, it is just breathtaking! At other places, you are always very far from the show and are always very crowded and people are shoving and trying to get the best view. We had plenty of room and were not crowded by anyone! It was magical..

We had an unforgettable day in Cayucos, Ca! If you are thinking of heading to the beach next year, I would recommend this small town that has a big entertainment value!

What did you do for the 4th this year?? Comment below and pls feel free to share so the word gets out about this wonderful place..

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20 Comments

  1. Courtney

    Omg looks like you had one fabulous 4th!!! Those sand creatures are just too cool. Definitely takes a lot of talent that’s for sure

  2. JIm

    This was an excellent post. I love the festivities. The sand castle stuff was pretty good. The pig butt comment was super funny. Thank you for sharing.
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  3. Cat

    WOAH! Those sand sculptures are absolutely incredible!! My favorite is the squid one–looks so detailed and awesome! Looks like a great holiday yall had!

  4. Wow your 4th of july looks amazing and the sand sculptures were pretty cool as well
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  5. Those sand sculptures are insane! So cool! I can barely make a standard castle, lol. It always crumbles on me. Looks like you had a great time!
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  6. Looks like had a really fun July 4th. Those sand arts are the bomb. Think I’ll try that next year.

  7. This looks like an amazing holiday. COmpletely bowled over to see the kids entries for the sand art competition. They are so real looking. And I love all the red white and blue pictures.
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  8. Pam

    There was sure a lot of things to do there. I loved the sand sculptures. Those were amazing. I loved the hippo. The parade looked like so much fun too!

  9. Looks like an amazing time! Those sand sculptures were incredible, and I have to say those aebleskivers made me hungry – I love them but I hate making them!
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  10. Wow I am so impressed with the sand sculptures =. I think you are right when you say that the octopus sculpture is the show stealer because whoever designed that is super talented x

  11. It looks like y’all had a wonderful 4th of July! We live along the Gulf of Mexico so we’ve seen our fair share of fire works over the ocean…aren’t they just beautiful?!
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  12. Spending the Fourth of July in Cayucos looks like an amazing experience! Those sand creations are absolutely marvelous!
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  13. looks like a fab fourth of July celebration for you all 🙂 I love the sand sculptures and the pig butts had me laughing :p
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  14. Oh wow, stopping by to see the sculpture contest entries was definitely worthwhile. Seeing the parade and the fireworks sounded really fun too.
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  15. This looks so cool! I have never seen sand sculptures and that’s such a great idea for a contest!! I wonder if there is something like that by me! Sounds like you had a great 4th!

  16. shannon

    This looks like the perfect 4th of July getaway! I was in the area recently as well visiting Hearst Castle/Madonna Inn. I was overwhelmed by how beautiful the coast was. Never thought to spend the holiday there; pinning for next year, thanks!

  17. Sounds you have a lot of fun, Jolleen! I love festival like this. It’s awesome to see so many fun activities and happening in Cayucos. Love these photos.

  18. I love reading about other people’s 4th of July celebrations! I love the one we have at home but I will admit, this looks amazing! It has all my required components (fireworks, parade, fun people) PLUS the sand sculptures. That is an added bonus!
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  19. Neely Moldovan

    Those sand sculptures are incredible. I can’t even imagine making those! The firewrks are so pretty too!

  20. Annemarie LeBlanc

    You sure had a great time! I know because your kids had the most genuine smiles. I haven’t been to Cayucos but it does look like a real festive place to celebrate the 4th of July. Who knows, maybe next year!

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