Hundreds turned Wednesday for the Fourth of July picnic in Lions Wayside Community Park to listen to patriotic music played by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band and to hear commentaries by local patriots.
The 19th annual event, called "Celebrating Freedom and its Evolution since the Revolution," was sponsored by Heritage Bank of Commerce, Raley's, the Pleasanton Lions Club and Accusplit, a Pleasanton company that manufactures and markets stopwatches and pedometers.
Kevin MacDonald served as master of ceremonies, introducing Mayor Jennifer Hosterman: Warren Belding, who was dressed as "Uncle Sam," and Pleasanton's poet laureate Cynthia Bryant. Patriot awards honoring the late Realtor and former City Councilman Ed Kinney were given to businesswoman Jan Batcheller and to Tony Macchiano, co-owner of Pleasanton Garbage Service.
A color guard comprised of members of the American Legion Pleasanton Post 238 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6298 posted the colors, which were followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the national anthem, which opened the Independence Day ceremonies.