Thousands Attend the 4th of July Festival and Fireworks in Downtown Concord

July 4, 2014 22:23 pm · 18 comments


The 4th of July Festival and Fireworks went off with a bang at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord tonight. was proud to be the main media sponsor for the festival and fireworks, which were brought to you by, the TSBA Arts Foundation (Tim McGallian), Digital AVS and many other great sponsors.

Thanks to the thousands and thousands who attended, and helped bring fireworks back to Mt. Diablo High School.

Let’s do it again next year!

Mimi (original) July 4, 2014 at 10:29 PM


EdiBirsan July 4, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Just back from the July 4th Fireworks at Mt. Diablo High School in Downtown Concord. It was our first attempt since the Singing Flag put on by a local church stopped. It was a spectacular success and thanks go out to Tim McGallian who was the point person on the whole effort. There were 20 different bands from 4-9 putting on shows that were very well received/. the set up kids games, and food booths in the adjacent school received rave reviews. The crowd was large and a great time was had by all.

EdiBirsan July 4, 2014 at 10:44 PM

By the way, I polled about 80 people waiting in line for the various food vendors on how they found out about the event.
#1 the net searching for Fireworks in either Concord or Contra Costa
#2 Friends/Family word of mouth
#3 Claycord
#4. Facebook postings by friends
#5. Seeing flyers
#6. At the Todos Santos Concerts and that morning’s July 4th Parade

No one mentioned radio, TV or newspaper. July 4, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Edi, thanks for that. # 1,2 and 4 could all be due to Claycord. 🙂

Mom of the Horde July 4, 2014 at 10:52 PM

I heard via Claycord, but also saw mentions of this event via SFgate and at least one news website.

They did a very good job. My kids were happy campers. A lot of people were freaking out thinking that the fireworks going off at College Park were the ones for this event though.

Anon July 4, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Dozens act like a-holes and ruin the meaning of the 4th for all.

ConPro July 4, 2014 at 11:03 PM

A big thanks to all the sponsors! The fireworks were wonderful and the finale was spectacular.

Constant Reader July 4, 2014 at 11:34 PM

We could see them and thought they were wonderful! Thank you Concord folks that helped bring this together and to all those who donated for it.

checkitout July 5, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Saw the fireworks and they did a VERY nice job.

CHP should be aware, though, of the idiots who were pulled over on 242 North..yes that’s right…they were pulled onto the shoulder to watch the fireworks. About 40 cars did this. Totally unsafe.

SpankyFortuna July 5, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Photos can’t do justice…

Gerry July 5, 2014 at 10:58 AM

They were great and I was able to sit on my front porch to watch. Thank you concord

eyes opening to concord July 5, 2014 at 11:17 AM

I have lived in concord for 14 years and an now just begining to relize how many wonderful things concord has to offer…i recently just moved to a neighborhood not really by choice but nessecity, who would have known i haf the best seats in the house for the most amazing fireworks show i can remember seeing,maybe because of my girlfriend being there,or because we were able to watch them from our porch,or a combination of the both!!!anyways,they were great and thanks to all who made it happen,im sure you made alot of people very very happy!!

Erin R July 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM

I brought my two kids to this event, 5 & 2. While we had a very good time, ultimately, there were a few things I would like to mention for future events.
More activity areas, the lines for all kids activities were HUGE. The face-painting station was crazy. You need 2 at least! Also, not many activities for the younger kids: our 2yo wanted to play and was upset when I kept him close. It was very crowded in the activity area. Kids jump houses: it would be great if there were one or two jump houses specific to and restricted to the 4 and under set. My 2 year old would have loved to jump around longer. We did the slide, but all he was allowed to do was slide down on e for two tickets and was immediately supposed to get off. The volunteer taking tickets explained that it was due to the long line, and I understand that, but I think the line was long because all the parents of smaller kids were choosing this jumpy because the others were for older kids.
Seating areas near the food vendors would have been terrific. Vendors selling drinks, sofas/water etc only would have made a killing. We went w/o drinks because the lines were so long and we’d forgotten to buy drinks w/our food. Our fault, but a smaller drinks vendor would have been helpful. The fireworks did not come in at 9, as advertised, and no announcement was made that we could hear. A number of people left because they thought the dvcc fireworks were ours. We were about to leave when the scheduled fireworks started, and they were wonderful.
The bands were terrific, the music was great and the crowd (as far as I saw) was full of nice families all enjoying the day. In the end, it was a terrific time, but I think the organizers underestimated the # of people that would be there and so didn’t have enough options, which made the lines unbearably long.

Ron Leone, Vice Mayor of Concord July 5, 2014 at 3:20 PM

This was a great event. Hats off to Tim McGallian, the Todos Santos Business Association, the sponsors and for stepping up and helping to make this a great 4th of July for everyone in Concord.

Atticus Thraxx July 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Your right #12 we are fortunate to live here. Concord usually does a nice job when they bite off into something, Spirit Poles aside. Long lines and a bunch of other people kids all over the place will keep this citizen away, but I’m glad they did it right. Stuff like that is important for the community.
Now if for the love of God someone would do something about our roads, I’d be whistling pretty.

Volunteer July 5, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Excellent event. Erin R, thanks for the comments. This event was put together in a very short period of time, and the coordinators were having to beg vendors and exhibitors to come, thus the long lines at the various boothes. With the wonderful turn-out, they are sure that more vendors will be interested in participating next year. Congratulations to the coordinators and thank you to the sponsors who made this event possible. It looked like most people had a great time.

Concord Mike July 6, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Kudos to TIm McGallian, our Concord business community, and all the Council members who supported this effort.

Brings truth to our city motto: Concord, where families come first.

jtkatec July 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Live quite close to the school, and really wanted to enjoy the fireworks, but the dogs take priority and it would have been horrible for them, so I took them north to hang out. At least they’re not all stressed out from the booming.

Maybe next year, the boyfriend can take the dogs and I can hang out and watch.

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