At its Tuesday meeting, the San Ramon Parks and Community Services Commission officially recommended that the city not bring back fireworks during Independence Day events in 2013.
The move could mean that the Independence Day festivities at Las Positas College last July would be the only one with fireworks in 2013 if that event is continued.
The 5-1 vote against fireworks (with Commissioner Bill Meine absent) came after a report from a specialty Citizens Committee tasked with developing alternatives to the 2011 celebration. Commissioners said next year's celebration should include a fun run, a concert and armed forces tribute without fireworks.
Officials cited public safety and financial concerns as the rationale for discontinuing the aerial fireworks display. The display was cancelled this year for the same reasons.
Approximately 30,000 people attended 2011's fireworks and cost the city approximately $175,000. Officials said the event kept the city in gridlock for hours, taxed both police and firefighters and left trash bins overflowing.
In order to stem the attendance problem, the committees were tasked with making a regional event more San Ramon Valley-oriented.
This year's Independence Day celebration drew a more manageable crowd of 2,000 and consisted of a 10K, 5K and 3K run, a tribute to veterans and those currently serving, a patriotic concert by the San Ramon Symphonic Band and a show by Pride and Joy, a popular band based in San Francisco.
The Commission will present its findings to the City Council on Dec. 11. Tuesday's decision was the result of several community meetings that solicited resident input.