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Big thanks to Snap Jackson & the Knock On Wood Players, The Honeysuckle Possums, and BanjerDan and the Toro Creek Ramblers for playing our show!

We had a blast on the 4th of July in Atascadero and we will see you all again next year!

Thanks to our sponsors, Colony Media, Atascadero Colony Days, Davis Body Shop, M.E. Avila Construction, The Give Fitness Foundation, Associated Traffic Safety, Foxtower Disc N Apparel, Well Seen Signs, and the City of Atascadero.

We look forward to celebrating our freedom in 2018!

Event FAQs

Atascadero 4th of July Bluegrass Freedom Festival

Frequently Asked Questions

Atascadero Lake Park • Tuesday, July 4 • 4-8 p.m.

EVENT 4-8 p.m.
• Bounce houses
• Beer Garden
• Vendor Fair
4 p.m. BanjerDan & Toro Creek Ramblers
5:30 p.m. The Honeysuckle Possums
7 p.m. Snap Jackson & the Knock On Wood Players

  • Will there be fireworks? No. There are no fireworks planned as a part of the event, and fireworks are not legal in Atascadero. Check with law enforcement for info.
  • Can I buy BBQ tickets at the event? Maybe. The BBQ portion of this event is quickly selling out. The best way to make sure you get BBQ is to buy now at Other food vendors will be on site.
  • How much does the event cost? The event is free admission and bounce houses. Boats, beer & wine, other food vendors are pay as you go.
  • Will there be vegetarian dishes? Crush Catering will be on site serving a variety of goods for all tastes, including desserts and vegetarian dishes.
  • What kinds of activities will be available for kids? Along with a giant playground, boat rentals, and the zoo already at the park, we will have two bounce houses, disc golf demo, corn hole, and other games for all ages.
  • Can we bring our own food and drink? Yes. The park is open to everyone. We want to enjoy the 4th of July, and we want you to enjoy it too. Come as you are.
  • Should we bring our chairs and blankets? Yes. We want you to make yourself comfortable, and feel the generous spirit that the nature around Atascadero Lake Park provides. Come early and stake your claim.
  • Is there a parking fee? No. The parking is free, but limited, and first-come-first-served. There are three parking lots — off Morro Rd, off Pismo Ave, and off Portola at the Veteran’s Memorial. Other parking is on the streets.
  • Will the zoo be open? Yes. Until 5 p.m.
  • Will boat rentals be open? Yes. All day.
  • Where can we see fireworks? Cayucos will have its annual fireworks show after the sun goes down. Feel free to stop by our festival on your way out Morro Rd to the coast.
  • Where can I get tickets for the BBQ?


Greetings Atascadero 4th of July Bluegrass Freedom Festival fans,

We have received questions about fireworks. Unfortunately, our event will not host or be open to fireworks this year.

We have a ton of fun activities from 4-8 pm, and will have a great time for all ages. A 45 minute drive to Cayucos for fireworks means you can stop by our event, and still make the coast for a fireworks show.

Check out the schedule of events for more info.

Thank you. Please have a safe and sane 4th of July.

The Birth of a Celebration

In 2014, a pair of community pillars put on a 4th of July event and after a couple years of going without, I am happy to announce that a community has rallied around the idea of bringing back an Independence Day event for the community.

Two former Atascadero City Council members, Bob Kelley and Jerry Clay, put together a couple of great years of a 4th of July event, and I still treasure one of the photos of my son and I on the merry-go-round at the Atascadero Lake Park. I remember a conversation with a member of the Moose Lodge who had mentioned a campaign effort to bring back fireworks to the 4th of July, and got to see many friends there at the park. Whatever happens, I want to help make the opportunity for memorable moments available for future families.

Fireworks may not be on the horizon, but I remember driving by the empty Lake Park in 2015 when there was no Independence Day event taking place in Atascadero. At that moment, I dedicated to bringing a 4th of July event back to Atascadero and through relationships and conversations with a strong community, I decided if we cannot have fireworks, then we should have some great music.

Out of a conversation with Dianne Greenaway, I was inspired to organize a fundraiser for the Colony Days & Tent City and bring bluegrass music into the schedule of events. Not only can this event be a great experience for residents and visitors of Atascadero, but it can also be a fundraiser for some desperate needs. Colony Days takes a large budget to put on the annual parade, and Tent City needs a trailer to store a terrific amount of materials and supplies for the re-creation of 1913 Colony life.

Another all-American event I really wanted to include is a 4th of July “Rockets vs. Bombs” championship baseball game. Through conversations with Babe Ruth Baseball, we are close to a deal to bring a great baseball experience to the event.

Add all that to family-fun, games, boating, bounce houses, zoo admission deals, a BBQ dinner, and more and you have the makings of a fantastic event, and moving forward the sky is the limit.

It was an honor to gain the sponsorship of Atascadero Colony Days Committee, and all net proceeds from the event will be retained by the Colony Days for the high cost of producing the parade and festival in October.

On Sunday, the Atascadero Printery Foundation volunteered to hold a raffle and host the Beer & Wine booth at the event to raise money and awareness for its mission to reclaim, restore, and repurpose the Printery Building.

We are all looking forward to this event, and the excitement from all of those involved promises that this event will be one to remember.

Please support us as we put this all together by joining our vendor fair, becoming a sponsor, liking our Facebook or Instagram page, or joining our mailing list.

Thank you for being a part of this wonderful community and we hope to see you on the 4th of July!


Nic Mattson
Founder of the Atascadero 4th of July Bluegrass Freedom Festival