Concord Business Owners, Community Members Stepping Up to Help Save 4th of July Fireworks

May 7, 2014 20:45 pm · 12 comments

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Great news! Over 30 residents & businesses in Concord have stepped up to help save Concord’s 4th of July fireworks, and our grassroots funding campaign is now at an all time high!

Pacific Service Credit Union donated $5,000, and “tilted” our fundraising efforts, which brought us to $8,690 (about halfway to our goal of $15,000). We are off to a great start. “We understand the importance of this event for the residents in our community and hope that all enjoy the show this July 4th,” said Kristin Peterson of Pacific Service Credit Union in Concord.

Digital AVS, a Concord-based company, is donating all technical support for the event. Digital AVS owner Larry Tang says “Concord is where my daughters go to school, where I work and live, I always try to give back to the community. You don’t just have to give money, we can always use volunteers and items. I hope others band with us to make this a great Concord event.” Also, Chuck Wojack of DigitalAVS is a former technical director for the Singing Flag, so a lot of great experience and expertise is being shared on how to create a successful event.

The list below highlights all the local business who have stepped up to keep the tradition alive:

  • Digital AVS
  • Pacific Service Credit Union
  • IBEW Local 302
  • S&S Fast & Easy Market on Willow Pass Rd.
  • Jared Burns-Coffin, Agent and Hamid Asemi, Agent, State Farm Insurance in Concord, CA
  • On-Point Machining
  • Henley’s Antiques on Clayton Rd.
  • MMR Accounting Services
  • Swift Real Estate Partners
  • Assemblymember Susan Bonilla
  • Calvary Temple Church

Thank you to all the businesses & all the community members who have donated time & money.


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 Digital AVS 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 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, please go to for more information.


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

Ron Sauce May 7, 2014 at 9:21 PM

I’d love to donate to have a fireworks show in Concord. I just wish it wasn’t associated with a church. I am all for city fireworks shows. Gladly donate to that. Semi-religous fireworks shows run by a church that gets plenty of donations as is? Not so much. May 7, 2014 at 9:52 PM

@Ron Sauce, Not sure where you read it, but no church is associated with this fireworks show and it’s not “semi-religious”.

itsme! May 7, 2014 at 10:36 PM

I try to donate every Friday $150 and sons $5 each and have 3,and yes im looking forward to this event!

EdiBirsan May 7, 2014 at 10:42 PM

The Fireworks display will be strictly Patriotic…unless your British…this is a secular community effort.

Why did the Calvary Temple cancel? May 7, 2014 at 11:27 PM


Whatever May 7, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Why aren’t the same amount of efforts being put into feeding families who are struggling, or housing and feeding the homeless? Fireworks are great, but $15k for 15 minutes? Do you know how much food that could buy?

ChampagneKitty May 7, 2014 at 11:46 PM

The Calvary Temple didn’t just cancel, they discontinued their Fourth of July program. They said they have other projects they want to focus on. In other words, they wanted to redirect their money and resources toward other things.

Z-Man May 8, 2014 at 1:29 AM

Efforts? There are efforts all over the place just underneath your nose.
Contra Costa Food Bank
Bay Area Crisis Center
Your ability to volunteer
Your ability to donate
Why not scale back your parent’s High Speed Inernet speed and donate that money saved toward Starving Students yourself.
No one is looking for praise.
People are looking to hold together the remnants of what is soon becoming a memory. It is called a sense of community.
Can you name all of your neighbors that live in your apartment complex? Doubtful.
These gatherings are opportunities for Our children to have a fun day of festivities, celebrate what is now a fireworks show, rather than a history lesson, and a morning to run for a cause.
These gatherings get people away from their computers, and out into society.
Remember things called photo albums… your grandparents had tons of them.
Ever heard your of your relatives talking about celebrating at a “hall”. People did things like this. For this event, it is called July 4th, not too much of a difference.
These things, called public gatherings are going by the wayside.
I hate that Our house doesn’t have a pool in the backyard, but you know what I love….. my neighborhood has an annual Easter egg hunt for the kids, has national night out event, amongst nightly chats when various neighbors walk the neighborhood. Once you move out of your parents apartment, just before turning 40, you will start to want to ensure you are part of your community….. Community is not a list of “Friends” on Facebook, either.

MrDioji May 8, 2014 at 6:59 AM

@whatever: an amazing amount of time, money, and effort is put forth everyday by countless individuals and organizations to help the homeless, starving, etc.

More rarely does a community pull together funds, time, and energy to pull off a wonderful family & community event like this. $15,000 would not go very far in solving any pressing issues, but it can throw one hell of a party.

Cuzzzzzzzzzzz May 8, 2014 at 8:17 AM

@ Whatever – if you want to donate your money to feeding the hungry or helping the homeless that is fine. But if others want to donate to the fireworks fund it is their business and not yours.
FYI – some of these poor starving/homeless people have it better than those that work. They all seem to have the latest IPhone and other tech toys. And go over to the Concord shelter and look at some of the cars the homeless clients drive. They are nicer, newer cars that what the staff that works there can afford.
We are always out of town on the 4th, but I feel this is a great community effort that is for the entire community, not just a few so called “down and outers”. People of Concord I hope you have a great show and really good time.

Laura Zah May 8, 2014 at 9:39 AM

I asked this question once before but none of the naysayers answered:

Would you still object if these private donations were being spent on some ethnic celebration or maybe a Gay pride event?

Of course not, to you folks only something that is patriotic or pro America is a waste of money.

ConcordDad May 8, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Where’s all the Union haters? I see a Union gave money towards the fireworks. 🙂 Go IBEW Local 302!!

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