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Opinion: Fireworks Return Demonstrates Community Teamwork

Thanks to private companies and citizens, the fireworks show is returning to Redwood City.

By Chris Beth, Redwood City’s director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services

The  show at the  proves what can be achieved when our community works together.

For the past two years, Redwood City  - like so many others  across America – has been forced to cancel its annual fireworks display in light of budget cuts, growing costs, and a shaky economic recovery. The cancellation came with great reluctance on the part of city officials, who see this annual event as an important time for thousands of families and residents from throughout the Peninsula to unite in celebration of community and our nation’s birthday.

This year, a coalition of corporate and private citizens stepped up to bring back the annual celebration on the waterfront. 

 led the way, picking up the Red, White and Blue sponsorship. Generous support followed from Lyngso, CEMEX, Cargill, Recology, Sares Regis, Informatica, One Marina - New Redwood City Housing, Kaiser Permanente, the Pete and Paula Uccelli Foundation, the Port of Redwood City, the City of Redwood City, and two anonymous donors.

We’re excited to once again host this free community event and proud to be part of a city whose citizens and businesses care about contributing to the greater good. This effort illustrates what can be achieved when the community works together toward a common goal.

The fireworks extravaganza will start around 9:15 p.m. at the Port of Redwood City and will be visible from Downtown and anywhere west of Highway 101. The Port is providing a public viewing area along the waterfront off of Seaport Court, but please note that parking is limited.  will open a parking lot for great viewing from that location. 

For more information about Redwood City’s July 4th festivities, please visit redwoodcity.org or parade.org.


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Redwood City Parks and Recreation July 03, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Thank you Chris! You worked TIRELESSLY on this, and you efforts will be recognized by the thousands of smiling faces tomorrow!
Phya Villegas July 04, 2012 at 04:48 PM
THANK YOU FOR MAKING REDWOOD CITY SPECIAL , We all like the Downtown and the safety we enjoy..
Regina Kipp July 06, 2012 at 05:10 AM
A little correction to the article. In the past the fireworks were sponsored by the Peninsula Celebration Association, not the City of Redwood City. The fireworks were canceled do to limited funds of the organization. I am glad that the community got together and made them happen again.

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