Grassroots Effort Underway to Save Concord’s 4th of July Fireworks – We Need Your Help!

March 12, 2014 15:37 pm · 83 comments


Claycordians, let’s do it! Let’s bring fireworks back to Concord on the 4th of July!

As we all know, after 25 years, Calvary Temple Church in Concord has discontinued their wonderful production of the Singing Flag. They worked hard and brought us many memories, and although it would be impossible to duplicate their incredible efforts, we would love to try to bring back a beautiful fireworks show for the 4th.

For over 25 years Concord and Contra Costa families have enjoyed fireworks in their backyard. This year the Todos Santos Business Association Arts Foundation Inc. and are planning to bring the fireworks downtown for all to enjoy.

But, we can’t do it without your support!

Please help us raise the necessary funds to keep the fireworks tradition alive. We are looking to raise the needed $25,000 from the community and local businesses to light up the sky over Concord’s Todos Santos Plaza and surrounding area.

Here’s the deal: Donate $10, $20 or more. EVERY little bit helps and all proceeds will go towards the fireworks show. Nobody is making any money off this, because it’s a grassroots effort and all of us are volunteering our time to plan, organize and direct this show.

BUSINESS OWNERS, we have a few options for you, too. If you are a business owner who donates $100, we will give you a mention and a “thank you” on If you are a business owner who donates $1,000 or more, we will give you a mention on (and the facebook page), and you will be listed in all promotional material for the fireworks show. Other sponsorship opportunities are available depending on how much is donated.

This is up to us. We want a fireworks show on the 4th of July? Let’s make it happen!


For event and sponsorship information please contact Tim McGallian (925) 695-7268 or email at

Freedom of choice March 12, 2014 at 3:42 PM

We’re are you going to have the firework show. If it’s in mounument area forget about it. Need to know details before we donate thxs March 12, 2014 at 3:46 PM

@Freedom of Choice,

We hope to hold the event in Downtown Concord at Todos Santos Plaza. We are planning to have fireworks shooting off from a nearby location, which will be visible from most of downtown Concord.


Anonymous March 12, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Count me in for $50 when I get paid this week. March 12, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Thanks, Anonymous!

anon March 12, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Nice job mayor!! March 12, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Thanks, Anon. This wouldn’t be possible without the help of the public and Tim McGallian with the Todos Santos Business Association Arts Foundation. Hope it works so we can all enjoy the show!! 🙂


Need more Info March 12, 2014 at 3:52 PM

no way are you going to get permission to shoot off fireworks around downtown buildings. Maybe small things around a stage.

What happens to the money if you don’t raise the full amount? March 12, 2014 at 3:56 PM

If we don’t raise at least $10K, the money will go back to the donors. The fireworks won’t be in between the tall buildings.

Hump Day March 12, 2014 at 3:53 PM

This is awesome! Count my husband and I in for an “undisclosed amount” and we’re asking our friends to “match us.”

Claycordians will come through! March 12, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Thanks, Hump Day!! So grateful!!

Michelle March 12, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Will donate! 🙂 March 12, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Thanks, Michelle.

Don P - N. Concord March 12, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Just donated the full $15,000 but my card was declined 🙁

Scrappy March 12, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Dedicated follower and lover of the Mayor! I’ll be donating today!! March 12, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Thanks so much, Scrappy. 🙂


RANDOM TASK March 12, 2014 at 3:57 PM

wow community rallying for fireworks ……awesome guys the brass cares not for this city time we took it back …….great thinking keep it up …..

Gurpreet Sangha March 12, 2014 at 4:21 PM

I own S&S Fast & Easy. Used to be known as Century Market on the corner of 6th and Willow Pass. Count me in for at least $100. March 12, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Thanks, Gurpreet!! Here is the donation page.

Almondgirl March 12, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Love the idea but not in downtown. Can’t they do them at the park?

Kacey from Crowdtilt March 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Hi Don!

It’s wonderful to hear about your very generous contribution to the campaign! I’m so sorry for the trouble you had contributing initially. 🙁 Can you please try again? It should go through successfully this time!

You can contribute here:

Thanks again!!

nytemuvr March 12, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Maybe they can have a fireworks display like they used to at MDHS football field in the 50s and 60s. Those were great shows and great days.

Gurpreet Sangha March 12, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Done!! Just threw in $500. Come on fellow business owners. Step up!! March 12, 2014 at 4:35 PM

You are awesome, big thanks to Gurpreet Sangha with S&S Fast & Easy (used to be known as Century Market on the corner of 6th and Willow Pass.) in Concord. We will give you a mention when we say “thanks” to business owners on Thank you, again!!


Whitney March 12, 2014 at 4:40 PM

I love this grassroots effort and that the Todos Santos Business Association is involved as well!

anon March 12, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Where does Pleasant Hill get their money every year for fireworks? They have been doing fireworks for a very long time. Longer than Singing Flags.

Greg March 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I sometimes shop at S&S Fast&Easy and admire the owner for his contribution.

Tim McGallian March 12, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Thanks to Gurpreet Sangha with S&S Fast & Easy on the corner of 6th and Willow Pass. Hopefully your efforts will inspire others to donate. And thank you Members of the community for your support, I know we can do this through grassroots efforts!

acd77 March 12, 2014 at 4:58 PM

I appreciate the effort but Todos Santos seems like an unfavorable spot. Lights from businesses(are you going to dim all surrounding lights when the show starts?) and a ton of trees around and in the park. Is Willow Pass Park not an option?

Cowellian March 12, 2014 at 4:59 PM

I hope this works out.

I miss the 4th of July concerts at the Pavilion that included fireworks. We also used to walk with the kids up to the corner of Cowell and Ygnacio Valley to watch firework shows from all over the bay area.

funny man March 12, 2014 at 5:04 PM

wanna make a big chunk in one go… auction off brunch with the mayor guy. 😀 … or a date with connie? mojitos by the poolside with atticus?

if i werent poorer than poor and just found out i need a crown.. (freakin dentists..theyre all a scam i tell ya!), i’d chip in.
at least the city isnt dipping into measure Q funds to do it…

BagsFlyFree March 12, 2014 at 5:06 PM

S&S, you’ll be visited soon! Support you local businesses people!

typical concord resident March 12, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Why not just do them in the usual place? The City has approved the location 25 years in a row, there’s no reason they wouldn’t this year…

Peggy March 12, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Can’t we all put pressure on Calvery Temple to continue their wonderful tradition? It’one of the few places we can celebrate our patriotism and pass on the great feeling to the next generations. I will never forget seeing my Dad stand with tears in his eyes as they saluted the military. My children and grandchildren love to go. Bring it back! Please!

ANNONeeemoose March 12, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Is this how much the church needs or would someone else be doing the show?

If you are going to crowd fund... March 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM

You should offer something like….

$500 or more. Saved view space at city park for 10 people + parking for 3 at CHS
$300 to 499. Saved view space at city park for 5 peopole + parking for 2 at CHS
$100 to 299 Saved view space at city park for 2 People + parking for 2 at CHS

I’d be more willing to fork over some money if I knew I had a fighting chace at seeing them

Atticus Thraxx March 12, 2014 at 6:44 PM

I am so in. Check goes out this weekend. I read Singing Flag was cancelled and got bummed out. Way to go Mayor hope we pull this off!

ah, yes March 12, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Nice to see people willing to contribute. If more people had contributed over the years during the Singing Flag presentation, maybe they wouldn’t have had to cancel. Most people just came because it was awesome and free.

Murry March 12, 2014 at 7:08 PM

I have a question, If I donate and it still doesn’t happen, do I get a refund?

EdiBirsan March 12, 2014 at 7:25 PM

I support the effort, though I have some questions over fireworks downtown.

@Murry March 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Sorry Murry, everyone gets a refund but you. Try to keep up.

bubs March 12, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Downtown is bad. Todos Santo is full of large trees. (a good thing) Maybe the city can swing a deal with the Solano Drive In. Or mow the Weapons Station, the whole town could park there.

dree March 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

If all of you loved it so much why didn’t you donate when it was running? You people don’t make sense to me.

Hump Day March 12, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Mayor, does Crowdtilt accept “anonymous” donations?

There has to be a way to change account settings, etc.

Thanks! March 12, 2014 at 10:52 PM

There should be a box in there to donate anonymously.

@dree March 12, 2014 at 11:00 PM

>> You people don’t make sense to me.

If you expect people to make sense, you are going to have a long, difficult life.

Concord Res March 12, 2014 at 11:06 PM

I have to say Todo Santos is too small and has too many trees to see the sky light up over head.
Singing flag packed them in and the space was more open.
What about at the PAVILION?? Viewing room parking space and so much more to offer.

biggus thinkus March 12, 2014 at 11:11 PM

honestly, i like many others are “struggling” financially. I can honestly donate a few bucks, does that help? I haven’t even seen the signing flag, and i’ve lived here over 10yrs, but, i know this is a Concord icon (tradition?) and would love to help my neighborhood.
good guy wanting to at least try to help
(no haters please)
-bt March 12, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Hi Biggus Thinkus, Every little bit helps, but if you’re struggling, spend the money on more important things. It’s very kind of you to want to help out, but take care of yourself first.

Thanks for the nice comment, Mayor

Anon March 13, 2014 at 1:35 AM

Have the cops donate their time–the CIty has been real nice to them (retire @ 90% & all)

Adam March 13, 2014 at 6:58 AM

Here’s an idea – lets try to raise money and do the fireworks at CVCHS!
Oh wait, I forgot, they just kicked out the CV little league after 40 yrs, so they probably wouldn’t let that happen. LOL

justme March 13, 2014 at 7:40 AM

You people don’t realize that the Singing Flag was about more than just a fireworks show! It was the production itself, which honored our military veterans, the working class, those that made our country strong etc. It was about having a patriotic place to bring the family and celebrate the 4th together!

Theresa March 13, 2014 at 8:21 AM

@dree #42. There are a lot of people who would not donate to a Church, as that Church might not hold their viewpoints and the person donating might not want their money to go towards the message the Church is spreading. Makes sense to me.

Mimi (original) March 13, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Maybe the fire works could be sent off from somewhere around the end of Mallard Reservoir, then people could park all over those streets and Heald parking lot to view?

arts & culture March 13, 2014 at 8:52 AM

This is wonderful community spirit here – pulling together to make something positive continue in the community. Curious though…I’m surprised to learn there is a Todos Santos Business Association Arts Foundation. Really?…an Arts Foundation? where can I learn more about that organization?

Amy March 13, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Get real. We are in a terrible draught, everything is really dry and the Concord Police are stretched too thin as it is. We do not need fireworks in downtown Concord!

Susan March 13, 2014 at 9:17 AM

It’s not hard to find, arts and culture:

Vanessa March 13, 2014 at 9:28 AM

This is a wonderful effort. We need something to look forward to this coming fourth of July. This is a truly noble cause.

Craig March 13, 2014 at 9:43 AM

I tried donating anonymously, and I couldn’t figure it out. So much for 19 years of education.

@Amy March 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM

What’s your idea of a terrible draught? Something like Guiness?

arts & culture March 13, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Thank you Susan (56). While I was already aware of the Association – I’ve never seen the title officially labeled with ‘Arts Foundation’ before. That was my curiosity. I will inquire further with the association. (thx!)

Paying It Forward!!! March 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Hi Mayor, we were the winners of free tickets to the “The Story”. Happy to donate! Good luck!

Why downtown March 13, 2014 at 11:12 AM

You should keep it at the same place it was! Downtown Concord is an armpit, who wants to go down there. Have some music before hand and maybe some business sponsored booths.
Sorry typical Concord.

If there is $15000 to burn March 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Don’t waste it on fireworks, likely made in China; instead, donate it to the Food Bank or local churches, to help feed the hungry. Feeding the hungry has longer lasting effects than a few minutes of watching the money go up in colorful flames.

Steve March 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM

We donate a disproportionate amount of our income to charity, and we do it anonymously.

To donate anonymously through this website you not only have to change your account settings, you have to create a bogus e-mail account.

I hope this works out for the city of Concord. I tried. March 13, 2014 at 1:05 PM

You can donate anonymously by contacting Tim McGallian at (925) 695-7268 or email at Thanks, Steve.

Chris B March 13, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Why not have them at the Pavilion like in the old days

Claire March 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM

People who donate anonymously are wealthy people practicing the art of humility, and using common sense. They don’t want to be solicited by everybody. These people probably don’t even live in Concord, but they obviously care about the community. Good for them! Every little bit helps, but the only way this goal will be met is through large donations from private citizens, and business owners who step up to the plate because they care, and they want the publicity. I hope it’s not to late for the large donors. I’m overextended and can’t even afford $5.00. I wish I could.

Rick March 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

You don’t have to be affluent to donate anonymously. You can donate $20 anonymously. But if the above posts don’t have serious cash written all over them, then I don’t know what does.

For whatever reason, this website obviously discourages anonymous donations, and I don’t know why. If I’m reading correctly, and I do believe I am, they could easily be at tilt.

So someone from the organization responds to Don P. from N. Concord who obviously had no intention of giving a dime. I hope she was just being tactful and PC, and saw through his BS.

The others I believe. Very unfortunate.

At least there’s an alternative to hopefully alleviate further confusion.

Money is a very touch subject, regardless of financially position.

R. Sonist March 16, 2014 at 8:47 AM

I’ll bring a box of matches. The nice wooden kind, money is no object!

Rick March 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM

That would be touchy subject, regardless of financial position.

Julie March 13, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Oh, my! This is so important to Concord. I grew up there, but we don’t live there. We live close by.

Your largest and smallest donors are more likely to be anonymous. Larger donors to remain humble and not create further solicitation. They want it to be all about the organization and it’s worthy cause, and not about them. Smaller donors who don’t want to look stingy or of lesser means.

I’ve seen other websites that easily take anonymous donors. Very confusing.

I feel badly for the above. And badly for the city of Concord. I hope they reach their goal.

Shelley March 13, 2014 at 6:01 PM

I hope Concord reaches their goal! If enough people pull together, this could work out! Go Concord!

Matt March 13, 2014 at 6:24 PM

If I was going to donate a big chunk of change…..not that I’ve ever had a big chunk of change to part with…..and I had to fight the system……I don’t think I have to explain this. Not good. Every bit adds up. I’m hoping the businesses come thru. They want their name all over. I’ll frequent the businesses that donate.

Skippy March 13, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Can’t Calgary charge admission for the singing flag show? Then, it would pay for itself.

Landana March 14, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Mayor, are you going to put the donation page somewhere on the site so it doesn’t get lost with the older stuff? Im sure its already getting overlooked as I have to scroll way down to find it.

Landana March 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM

ya, but who looks at the side? Its old news. It deserves a place up front for the next 23 days. Maybe business can take turns donating some of their advertising space.

Uh oh March 15, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Less than $1800 donated so far. It’s not looking good. 🙁

Dr. Jellyfinger® March 16, 2014 at 8:41 AM

OK, I’ll volunteer to drive down and pick up the stuff. $1,800 would buy a trunk load of fireworks in Tijuana….. and I’m going to need a few buck for gas.

JM0 March 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Has someone suggested this already? Why isn’t someone trying to get vendors to commit right now and have them pledge their vendor fee? Ask $200-400 for a spot. ?? no?

JM0 March 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Let’s face it, Concord doesn’t have a good history of community support. People love to complain and do nothing to make the changes needed to step it up around here. 15 more years and what we know today will be inner city, with all the development coming to CNWS. Scares me.

Chuckw March 18, 2014 at 6:06 AM

I’m a former technical director of the Singing Flag. My av company is willing to do the sound and lights. Happy to talk. I also know most of the site logistics.

Tim McGallian March 21, 2014 at 8:24 AM

@Chuckw Please call me about helping. We are planning on using Mount Diablo Stadium and plan on putting up a stage for music from 4pm – 9pm on the 4th, your sound and lights would be very helpful and thank you for reaching out.

Just a note to everyone, an update will come out soon on Claycord, however, many people have stepped up and donated to this event. We are 65% to our goal. It looks like it is going to happen. I will share the logistics of where this will all take place and schedule for the day very soon.

Thank you everyone for supporting our Concord Community. This is not just about the fireworks, it is about still having that hometown 4th of July gathering for our families in Concord. It is going to be great.

Thank you,

Tim McGallian

Grand Mal March 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Skippy! Look into my eyes and FOCUS. The church does not WANT to do Singing Flag any longer!

Please donate to the city fund if you can.

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