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Pleasanton plans explosive celebration for Class of 2020

Original post made on May 27, 2020

Pleasanton Unified School District will honor the senior Class of 2020 this week, starting with virtual graduation ceremonies for Foothill, Amador Valley and Village high schools on Friday night, followed later by a fireworks show.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Birdland
on May 27, 2020 at 9:25 am

I am really proud that the City has made this happen. These kids have had a MAJOR life moment taken away, but have adjusted well.

I am hearing that the City is receiving complaints that these fireworks are planned due to animals and PTSD issues. I understand these things, but in this case it would be great to not turn something really positive into yet another division between us.

Before we let that part get out of hand, let us stay positive and support our young people. Lets set an example of how we can pull together.



Posted by Dana Thibodeau
a resident of Downtown
on May 27, 2020 at 10:00 am

Amador Valley has communicated a few times that we have a tentative postponed graduation plan for late summer or fall.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 27, 2020 at 11:08 am

I hope there is something by August because if colleges open up, many of these young adults will be gone.

Posted by Silverfox
a resident of Castlewood
on May 27, 2020 at 4:56 pm

@Bill--maybe the people that are complaining know that we are in a drought and with the fireworks going even taller than the usual ones we had a single spark can do some major damage. There have been so many small and mid size fires in the valley this week.

Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 29, 2020 at 10:57 pm

So the fireworks were nice - thank you Fairgrounds - but they were not higher than normal. I went to a park less than a mile from the fairgrounds, and from the far end of the park the fireworks didn’t even clear the trees. I went home and talked to some disappointed neighbors that saw nothing from their homes. But we were supposed to stay home?
I agree, very much, with shelter in place. All I’m saying is don’t promise something (fireworks twice as high as normal) that clearly did not happen.

Posted by Cheap Guy
a resident of Amador Estates
on May 30, 2020 at 7:42 am

So now our taxesare paying for fireworks (50% city funds) AND something in August?

Couldn’t this have been a teachable moment for kids and delayed gratification?

Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 30, 2020 at 9:04 am

Loved the fireworks! Way to go class of 2020. Congratulations!

Posted by Thanks for the Fireworks
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 30, 2020 at 10:36 am

The seniors of Pleasanton and all around the globe have suffered significant emotional and social loss during these last few months. This special display of recognition allowed a small measure of celebration in a socially distant event. It meant a lot to my senior in particular and to our family to be able to have a small measure of a proper celebration for this important life event. So I thank you.

Posted by Jo
a resident of Parkside
on May 30, 2020 at 11:45 am

Twice as high... don’t like so

Posted by Katy Medinas
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 30, 2020 at 8:52 pm

Bill from Birdland,

Nicely stated!

My husband and I are P-town natives. Fairground fireworks are a nostalgic presence, along with the train:) Music to our ears.

Like some out there we have a pet that’s a firework hater, but she’s adapted every year over the last 10. Sadie faced her kriptonite last night and ventured out of the house.....! She joined our family on the sidewalk (a first!!!!!).

She didn’t flinch one bit.

Maybe she and my 2020 grad felt the love:) !!

Thanks PUSD and P-town!!!!

Congrats 2020!! We love you all! Take the bad and turn it good.

Posted by Bashir Adamu
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 14, 2020 at 10:50 am

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