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What a way to celebrate Independence Day!

Original post made by Jeb Bing, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly, on Jul 7, 2008

It's back to work on Monday, July 7 after a fun-filled weekend in Pleasanton. Like thousands of others, about as far as I drove was to the mall to meet others for lunch on Saturday and to Dublin to look at the crowds buying fireworks despite non-Dubliners' admonition to avoid them this year because of California's mounting fire hazards. Still, there were no reports of accidents and for the first time in recent Independence Day memories, I heard only a few loud bangs in distant neighborhoods the night of July 4.

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 7, 2008 at 11:25 am

Great round up on the weekend Jeb! So much here to do, we are lucky we don't HAVE to drive to have safe fun!


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Posted by Long
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Aug 27, 2008 at 11:59 am

Thank you, Jeb, for your July 7 online tribute to the many volunteers who put together the tenth annual Fourth of July celebration in Lions Wayside Park. I only saw the posting belatedly, after it was forwarded by a friend. While you were right on target in lauding the musical talents of vocalist Ward Belding and the Pleasanton Community Concert Band, I must respectfully correct you on one point: We had about double your crowd estimate of 300 in the audience. I had the pleasure of being a greeter (along with Barbara Lucich), and we very quickly ran out of the 500 American flags donated by the local Lions Club -- just as Lions volunteers had to turn away a long line of hungry people after serving 500 of their popular "Dog & a Drink for a Dollar" lunches. We will plan for more next year, and welcome all those who discover how fun a summertime hometown holiday can be.