2016 July 4 Festivities
Jun 01, 2016 05:12PM
● By Elena Hutslar
Festive Fun at Local Celebrations
Pancake Breakfast, 8-10am, sponsored by Roxx on Main, 627 Main Street. Flag Raising Ceremony, 9-9:15am, Veterans Memorial Building, 930 Ward Street.
8th Annual Downtown Parade begins at 10am at Court and Main Streets, ending at Alhambra Ave. and Main. Over 40 entries march, including many community groups, with the Kids Decorated Bike Parade leading the way. Kids should come with decorated bikes and meet at the parade staging area at Court & Main St.
Fireworks light up the night at Martinez Shoreline Park on Monday, July 4. Join the crowd at the waterfront or head over to your special viewing spot before 9:15pm. Pyrotechnics begin around 9:30pm and last approximately twenty-five minutes. Waterfront Park closed to cars at 6pm. Limited handicapped parking is available, so arrive earlier in the day. Remember, personal fireworks are illegal in Contra Costa County and dangerous! Fireworks are provided by the City of Martinez, with assistance from East Bay Regional Park District.
Firecracker 5K Fun Run 6:30am registration, 8am 5K Run. Runners make three laps around the course. Check-in station is at 45 Crescent Drive, in front of the clock tower. Each participant can register for either the 5K run/walk or the 100-yard dash (for youngsters 7 years and under). All registration net proceeds are donated to Pleasant Hill schools. Registrants are asked to designate a Pleasant Hill school to receive the net proceeds of registration fees. Check www.phjuly4.com for registration details.
Pre-Parade Pancake Breakfast 8-10am at the Senior Center. Enjoy a stack of flapjacks with eggs, sausage and orange juice, and shop in the boutique for a wide selection of handmade items. Adults (11 & Up) $5; children (5-10) $3; and children (4 & under) free.
Parade 9:30am in Downtown Pleasant Hill. Party in the Park at Pleasant Hill Park on Gregory Lane takes place after the parade (10:30am). Live music, games, including sack races and bean-bag toss, as well as crafts, petting zoo and refreshments are available to the public.
Fireworks at College Park High School. Food provided by Slow Hand Barbeque and IzzyA’s frozen custard ice cream starting at 6:30pm, with music by Sugar Daddy beginning at 7:15pm. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:15pm.
Fourth of July Concert: Celebrate our country’s independence with a musical tribute by the Walnut Creek Concert Band. The free concert in Civic Park begins at 6pm. Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy!