Hometown Fourth of July Celebration planned for Lions Wayside Park next week

Independence Day celebrations also scheduled at other Tri-Valley locations

Enjoy some old-fashioned family fun at the 15th annual Independence Day celebration from noon-1:30 p.m. July 4 at Lions Wayside Park in downtown Pleasanton.

Music will be provided by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band. Besides familiar, stirring patriotic music, this year the band will feature music commemorating Gettysburg in 1863 during the Civil War. Reading and commentary of the Gettysburg Address will include speaker Ann Collins and vocalist Ward Belding as Uncle Sam.

Those coming should have their own lawn chairs or blankets. Free American flags, temporary tattoos and handheld fans will be distributed at the event.

Downtown Livermore Presents a 4th of July Family Fun Fireworks Celebration

Elsewhere in the Tri-Valley, Livermore will hold its Fourth of July Family Fun fireworks celebration from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Las Positas College. Admission is $20 per vehicle or $5 per person walk-in. No alcohol is allowed at this event.

Kiwanis Club to host Danville July 4 parade

For the 50th year, the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley will host the Danville Fourth of July parade along downtown streets. This year's theme is "People Helping People."

The event attracts up to 50,000 each year for fun, patriotism and celebration. Participants in the parade include Hawaiian dancers from San Francisco, Blue Star Moms, war veterans, 4-H clubs, and 1950s-style music by the Cruisetones band.

The parade will start at 9 a.m. July 4 at the corner of Hartz and Railroad avenues, continuing on Hartz and San Ramon Valley Boulevard, ending at Sycamore Valley Road. Parade sponsors are allowing the public to place their own lawn chairs on sidewalks the night before.

Marge Jensen, public relations representative with Kiwanis Club, said the parade is a special celebration and puts the town of Danville "on the map."

Celebrate America, Celebrate San Ramon

The city of San Ramon's Independence Day festivities will be held at San Ramon Central Park from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The admission free event will feature an Armed Forces tribute and music by the San Ramon Symphonic Band. Take a stroll down memory lane at the end of the event, with music from well-known '80s local dance band "The Cheeseballs."

The city voted against hosting a fireworks show last year, deeming the enforcement needs of hosting an aerial display cost prohibitive at $318,000.

Run San Ramon

Before over-indulging at the barbecue and sitting back to enjoy the festivities, consider making a healthy start to the day by running or walking in the annual Run San Ramon. This event features a 3K fun walk, 5K run/walk and 10K run. Runners are encouraged to add an 1980s flair to their running outfits and a special prize will be given for the best outfit. Proceeds from Run San Ramon will benefit the city's community programs.

All three courses feature flat, fast and paved courses throughout Bishop Ranch. Commemorative T-shirts go out to all participants. Start and finish lines will have beverages, fruit, snacks, ice cream, booths and the ever-popular wading fountain, as well as the awards ceremony following the race.

Register online by midnight on July 1.


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