1st Wednesday street party tonight as holiday entertainment begins

Independence Day picnic in the park starts at noon Friday

The 1st Wednesday Street Party gets underway at 6 p.m. tonight for three hours of shopping, dining and strolling through downtown's unique shops, restaurants and middle-of-Main Street booths set up to market their products and services.

The folks at the Pleasanton Downtown Associaiton, which sponsors the 1st Wednesday events, urge everyone to dress in their best 1980s gear and neon colors in keeping with the "Neon Summer Nights" theme for this month's party.

Tease your hair, put on your slap bracelets and dress in your best 80s flair then stop by the Entertainment Garden to enter to win a free raffle prize for dressing up. Tonight's featured band is Fast Times.

Main Street will be closed from Del Valle Parkway to Bernal Avenue from 4:30 to 10 p.m. for the event.

Then come back downtown for more fun on Friday to join in a Pleasanton tradition on the Fourth of July, a free family-friendly concert and picnic from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Lions Wayside Park on First Street.

"Celebrating Freedom and its Evolution since the Revolution" features a concert by Pleasanton Community Concert Band, under the direction of Bob Williams. Included will be a tribute to those who have served in the military, past and present, and their families as the band plays the anthems of each branch of the service.

Bring your own chairs or blankets to join in the fun and sing along to "Happy Birthday" to the USA.


Posted by Veteran, a resident of Avignon
on Jul 2, 2014 at 8:44 am

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Posted by Michael L. , a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

I went last month and there were lots of kids wandering the streets with nothing to do.

Posted by no booze is a good thing, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 2, 2014 at 10:16 am

for ML -- kids wandering with nothing to do? Oh, maybe mommie and daddie need to buy them more techie toys to waste their time. Kids have no idea how to do anything that does not involve their tech stuff. Sit on the couch, get fat and lazy and then complain about "nothing to do". Take away the toys for once and let them figure out that there is more going on in life than texting.

At least with the alcohol banned there will be fewer drunks hanging out downtown. That's a good thing.

Posted by Just Saying, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

I believe there is a book store town down

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 2, 2014 at 1:14 pm

I for sure will be there. Local groups represented, including for children, music, neighbors to see and chat with, wonderful range of dogs to pet, great food like char chix sticks, It's a wonderful Summer evening stroll, especially when we have perfect temp like today !! We did get lucky on temp today so enjoy it while you can...might be HOT in August!!

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm

,,,,and of course SHOP ! ! !

Posted by Don, a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 2, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Looking forward to it! It's a great time in a very charming town! We are so lucky to live in Pleasanton.

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