UPDATE: Huge Effort Underway to Save Concord’s 4th of July Fireworks – Website Now Live with Updated Information

April 28, 2014 13:07 pm · 15 comments

2014 4th of July Logo

The grassroots effort to save Concord’s 4th of July Fireworks is well underway, and a whole day of fun has been planned for those who wish to attend the holiday festival & fireworks at Mt. Diablo High School.

As we previously reported, Calvary Temple Church in Concord has canceled their wonderful production of “The Singing Flag”, which entertained Claycord residents for 25 years during the 4th of July holiday.

When Calvary Temple made their announcement, the Todos Santos Business Association Arts Foundation, Inc. and Claycord.com stepped up, along with several Claycordians who promised to help financially.

Although the final details are not complete, we wanted to share with you what we have planned. The 4th of July Hometown Festival & Fireworks will be held at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord (same place as KidFest).

These are the plans so far: Starting at 4:00pm the gates will open for the kids carnival, food booths, vendor exhibits, and live entertainment on stage. Then finally at 9:00 pm the day will conclude with a fireworks display that will keep the tradition alive. We look forward to seeing you Downtown this year for a day full of activities.

But, we still need help, and 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 Claycord.com. If you are a business owner who donates $1,000 or more, we will give you a mention on Claycord.com (and the Claycord.com 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.


For event, vendor and sponsorship information please contact Tim McGallian 925-695-7268 or email at tim@timmcgallian.com

Before the festival & fireworks at Mt. Diablo High School, the Concord Police Officers Association will also be holding a 5k run & parade.

Please view our new website, www.ConcordJuly4th.org to view all the information for the fun-filled day.

Jason April 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Save the fireworks!

I enjoyed the fireworks for several years from “Singing Flag” when I lived very close to Concord H.S., too.

Michelle April 28, 2014 at 1:59 PM

This is wonderful to see! Way to go Claycordians!

Skyscraper April 28, 2014 at 4:44 PM

This is all well and good, but after living in the neighborhood across from Brubeck Park for the last 15 years, a couple questions regarding logistics come to mind.

They say the gates open at 4:00 PM. Are they going to let people come at 6:00 AM to reserve their spots, or is there going to be a big line of participants waiting at the gate, who will then rush the gate at 4:01 PM to stake their claims for good seating?

What about parking? The hospital certainly won’t allow parking in their lots. And what kind of complaints do you think will come from the residents of Gill Drive when their neighborhood gets overrun with people parking their cars and walking to the high school? Has anyone thought about that?

Jim Shoes April 28, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Wish it was in a better neighborhood. I think we will pass.

tired of the crowds April 28, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Why doesn’t the church use their property up on the hill ?? I’m glad they are not doing it in the park, the crowds, traffic, road closure, really made living in this area a nightmare. Lots of open space up on the hill near their church….. oh, they would have to pay for land use, instead of burdening concord pd and park maintenance workers for their show….

CLAYCORD.com April 28, 2014 at 9:10 PM

@tired of the crowds, the church has nothing to do with this fireworks show.

On-Point Machining April 28, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Traditions are being lost, and hopefully this one will remain. We want to give back to the community. On the donation site, how does one specify if they are a business owner?

Cash April 29, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Tradition is fine, but fireworks are dangerous, disruptive and illegal. Have the party, skip the explosions!

patriot April 29, 2014 at 7:59 AM

i will miss the patriotic songs, the honoring of those who serve(d) in our military forces (always got me choked up and riled up!) and the fun skits. thanks calvary temple for all you have done over the years to help us celebrate the fourth. it was not just another carnival, but a uniquely patriotic, God honoring community event. we have many happy memories with family and friends at “the flag”.

@ tired of the crowds April 29, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Before you start ranting, please research just how much Calvary Temple actually paid the City of Concord and Concord PD for their services etc! I bet you will be shocked at just how much per hour was paid to the security officers for their “overtime” services etc. Believe me, CT invested a huge amount of money as well as volunteer hours to provide the activity!! Too bad the city tried to take most of the credit for the incredible fireworks display etc. Oh well, it was beautiful while it lasted!

On-Point Machining April 29, 2014 at 1:31 PM

We just donated. We’ll share it on our FB page, and just tweeted about it. Hopefully we can reach the goal.

Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz April 29, 2014 at 3:55 PM

The church property is not a good place for the fireworks show. The hills adjacent to the church are drier than a popcorn fart in the summer.

Atticus Thraxx April 29, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Whine, whine, whine.

Nimby May 1, 2014 at 6:43 PM

@tired of the crowds
Please site your source for us all.

Nokeem May 2, 2014 at 9:58 PM

I always love to see “The Singing Flag” getting setup and the crowds beginning to gather. It marks the seasons, the years, as they pass. I drive by the park every day. It made me so sad to see that it wasn’t going to happen this year. It seems so wrong. So, I just had to make a contribution. Although I never attended “The Singing Flag”, I counted on it being there each and every 4th, and then some. Thank you so much Calvary Temple Church. I didn’t even know it was you that put it on; you reached so many.

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