July 2, 2010 4:00 am · 43 comments

The “Singing Flag” starts tonight, and goes through the 4th at Dave Brubeck Park in Concord (next to Concord High School).

“Radar” was lucky enough to catch a sneak peak of the rehearsal on Thursday night, and his pictures show us what we can expect to see over the next three nights.

Click on each picture above for a much larger view, or click HERE to learn more about the event, which is put on every year by Calvary Temple Church in Concord.

Thanks to “Radar” for the great photos!

1 Flag Fan July 2, 2010 at 6:32 AM

I was wishing I had my camera this morning at 5:55am to send to you Mayor. It’s funny to see how many people are at the park for the 6am blanket drop. I love the Singing Flag. Always a great family show. It’s a tradition for us. Happy 4th everyone!!!

2 Robert Perkins July 2, 2010 at 6:56 AM

Hi everyone I just finished setting up my spot for the show tonight,
The word is no Fireworks tonight, tomarrow & that they are only going do do them on the 4th? Does anyone else have the scoop?

3 Anonymous July 2, 2010 at 7:23 AM

We live close by the Singing Flag and our poor dogs just go nuts with fireworks three nights in a row. A great program, just wish they’d do the fireworks only on the 4th.

4 Anonymous July 2, 2010 at 7:39 AM

I thought that was Radar (tehehehehehe)… :) I had no clue about the vandalism until I popped open claycord.com. Thank you for keeping our community up to date on breaking news in the area.

5 NJB July 2, 2010 at 8:16 AM

We were there! Wish I had been paying more attention to sneak a peek at Radar. They’re going to be introducing Helen Allen on stage tonight…it’ll be interesting to see the kind of reception she’ll get. Maybe I’ll stand up and turn around toward Concord B.

6 NJB July 2, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Oh yeah, and we were there at 5:40 this morning to stake our claim for tonight’s show. It’s crazy how many people who are willing to be up that early for a good seat :-) Totally worth it, though!

7 Now I see...... July 2, 2010 at 8:28 AM

….what the Singing Flag looks like….shouldn’t the singers be wearing red ski masks…???

8 RB July 2, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Wow… people put blankets on the lawn to stake out their spaces? And no one comes during the day to steal the blankets, or move them? I mean, this is Claycord, after all!

9 ConcordCatLady July 2, 2010 at 9:04 AM

So if I go put my blanket down tomorrow at 6AM for the evening show, it will still be there where I left it 12 hours later?!?!

10 judy arth July 2, 2010 at 9:10 AM

I sing in the flag…there will be fireworks all three nights.

11 Anonymous July 2, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Fireworks are scheduled for all three nights.

12 C July 2, 2010 at 9:22 AM

I over slept, I must have thought that my alarm was for work and not for getting up to put out my blankets…. errgg. So, I got there at 6:40am instead of 5:45 am and I didn’t get my usual spot. Oh well we will still have fun. I was bummed this morning, but now really excited. Thanks to Calvary Temple Church for the awesome show every year!!!

13 NJB July 2, 2010 at 9:26 AM

They actually have people on “blanket duty” to make sure no shenanigans occur. Plus, I have to assume there are Calvary people there all day, so the blankets aren’t completely unattended. This is serious business! We talked this morning to people who have been doing this for years and years.

14 Clay July 2, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Those clowns looked a bit pissed off as if they drew the short straw and clowns were the only thing left to be.

15 NJB July 2, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Also, I called Calvary to be sure there are fireworks tonight and they said that there would be. Whew! I’d have one disappointed 4-year-old if the fireworks had been cancelled.

16 jtkatec July 2, 2010 at 9:37 AM

RB, I have always thought this event represents the best of humanity, and harkens back to a more civilized gentle time. The show is well-worth it to see, if you have a chance.

Thank goodness, those selfish individulas who would prefer to graffiti this event, did not deter the spirit.

17 C July 2, 2010 at 9:44 AM

As a family, we have been going to the Singing Flag for years. Always showing up at the crack of dawn to stake our claim. Only to return later in the day to find our blankets moved, shoved over to a smaller space or other families sitting on it. We have a large family. 8 kids and 14 grandkids.
So a large tarp/blanket is what we need to fit everyone. I guess others think it’s up for grabs. We have declined to attend for the last 2 years. Confrontation with idiots on a special holiday, family event isn’t worth it. I hate missing the show but putting up with stupid is not my idea of fun.

18 anon July 2, 2010 at 10:16 AM

just hope the preacher doesn’t go on too long and make it a sermon like last year.

19 anon July 2, 2010 at 10:41 AM

We have been been going for years and love the show that Calvary puts on. Unfortunately the crowd has begun to ruin it for my kids. Our blankets were stolen one year after being there at 6am for the blanket drop. And every year for the past 4 years people continue to sit in their standard size chairs so that my children can’t see a thing. The church always asks people to fold the chairs once the show starts but they are just to inconsiderate. Not sure we will ever be going back. :(

20 Hmm July 2, 2010 at 11:57 AM

The woman in the lower left picture kind of looks like Sarah Palin. Hard to tell in such a small picture.

21 Anonymous July 2, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Jebus, wheres the ‘very disturbing’ button… mini-flags and crazy clowns! No wonder I’ve never gone to this thing. PS pet peeve: is that the MC?? someone should remind him according to the flag code a representation of the flag is not to be worn as a garment. Just sayin’!!

22 Antler July 2, 2010 at 3:58 PM

#21 The flag code is that the flag ITSELF may not be worn as a garment. It’s all right to wear what is described as “bunting” (pictorial elements of the flag) or shirts with a picture of the flag, etc.. I understand about pet peeves related to the flag, though. I have seen pictures in catalogs with flag doormats and flag towels, and that makes me go ballistic!!! Happy Fourth, everyone!!!

23 Betty Davis July 2, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Just to clear up some gossip,,,,,Calvary Temple Church pays for everything to put the Singing Flag on for your enjoyment right down to extra police to insure the safety of the 30,000+ people that watch over the three days period of performance. I have stood in the flag for 21 years (this is year 22) and have been proud to watch the smiling faces as they have enjoyed the different skits or participation sing-a-longs that we do. I feel honored to be an AMERICAN and free to express it this way honoring our soldiers who have fought and died for this freedom. Yes, I am proud to be an AMERICAN!!!

24 Anonymous July 2, 2010 at 4:26 PM

#18 – If you have a problem with the length of the sermon, why not go elsewhere this year? I hear Martinez is holding their annual tweaker fest, why not go there?

25 Anonymous July 2, 2010 at 4:28 PM

C – Sorry you guys had to go through that. We have been attending for years and never had this happen. They usually have security walking the area and once the blankets are down, they stay.

Piece of advice, try tacking it down someway so it is harder to move. Tons of people do that every year.

26 Anonymous July 2, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Hahaha I thought that looked like Sarah Palin too. There will be much bigger crowd this year considering Antioch and Brentwood wont be putting on fireworks this year

27 Anon July 2, 2010 at 10:59 PM

We went tonight and had fun. When Helen Allen was announced, I screamed “BOOOOOOOOO”

28 Anonymous July 3, 2010 at 1:15 AM

Aww i should have went just to heckle Ms. Allen

29 Clong July 3, 2010 at 1:18 AM

I didn’t realize that church was considered in Concord. I always thought it was in Bay Point?…

30 Anonymous July 3, 2010 at 8:33 AM

clong that chucrch by the side of the free way is Baypoint (county), but they out the siging flag on in concord…next too concord high..

31 Anonymous July 3, 2010 at 9:20 AM

She is Hispanic…

32 anon July 3, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Family went last night, thought it is getting too preachy, too.

Celebrate American, not forced sermon.

33 Emilyj July 3, 2010 at 10:52 AM

So at 8:00am went for the blanket drop. Wow alot out already. But I think we got a good spot.

34 Anonymous July 3, 2010 at 2:06 PM

What is there forced about the sermon? You walked in by your own free will and without having to pay anything and you are able to leave whenever you want, I wanna say that negates anything being ‘forced’… The Flag is an event put on for the community by a church to celebrate freedom in whichever way the church wants to…

35 anon July 3, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Regarding the sermon: If it makes you uncomfortable, or you think it’s distasteful, please feel free to sponser/pay for your own celebration elsewhere. My feeling is: those footing the bill (HUGE Bill by the way…CT even pays the city to rent the park, to provide all this FREE for you) get to design the program. Personally, I think it’s excellent!

36 John July 3, 2010 at 4:45 PM

DONATE. . DONATE. . .DONATE, this church has put this very impressive and insiteful show on for the 12 years that we have lived in Concord. THEY ENJOY DOING IT for everyone with tribute to the Freedom of America and those Women and Men that have served and are serving to protect YOUR freedoms. Every year I contritbute a donation because of their efforts and Love. Donate to keep the spirit alive every year or maybe the Show might NOT go on. . Oh and as for the animals, we have two cats that really freak out when the fireworks began and that’s OK because it keeps them on their paws. . .

37 YVHS Mom July 3, 2010 at 5:42 PM

So we have lived in this area our entire life and have never attended this event. We are tonight, friends were there at 6 this morning staking out our spots. But now we are thinking of not going, long day at work for hubbie and the thought of crowds, finding parking, dealing with traffice might stop us. Any words of wisdom on where to park, we are meeting them at 6:30. I would appreciate any suggestions.

38 Anonymous July 3, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Does anyone know what the costs are for food or is that free as well? Its a great fireworks show – have seen it for 10 years from Newhall Park or across the street from the event but never gone to see the actual show. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks!

39 Anonymous July 3, 2010 at 9:34 PM

#36 – 22 years wonderful years!!!

#38 – Free food? Are you kidding?

40 Emilyj July 3, 2010 at 10:18 PM

So just returned from the singing flag…. totally worth showing up at 8am to reserve our spot. We enjoyed it, Sucess!!

41 Michelle July 3, 2010 at 10:46 PM

I’m not a big fan of traffic or crowds but we had a fantastic time. The people were friendly and we weren’t on top of each other. The show was awesome and the fireworks were great! Got there early around 5:00, no problem with street parking and even found a small patch of grass at an awesome spot for the 2 of us. Very reasonably priced consessions and there was a kids area for a fee that’s open before the show. Truly inspirational and makes me very proud to be an American. If you’ve never been, it’s worth going at least once in a lifetime…but most likely you’ll return again!

42 Anon July 4, 2010 at 12:12 PM

This is a great community event and performance. The photos are cute. Watch out for those clowns in the background trying to get into the event.

43 CDK July 5, 2010 at 9:50 AM

We live very close to Brubeck Park and enjoy the fireworks from our backyard. Calvery Temple puts on an awesome family evernt!

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