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Fourth of July Fireworks Back in San Ramon

The San Ramon Parks & Community Services Commission will conduct a public meeting to receive input on a new proposed fireworks location.

Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch File Photo.
Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch File Photo.

BY JANE McINNIS

It's been two years that San Ramon has gone without an aerial fireworks display on Independence Day, but 2014 will put fire flowers back into the sky.

The San Ramon Parks and Community Services Commission are conducting two public meetings in January and February to assess the best locations for 4th of July festivities.

In the past, the fireworks display was historically a point of civic pride for the city, which had hosted the show since 1985, shortly after its city incorporation.

Safety concerns and associated costs -- such as the all-day payroll of needed police, fire, maintenance and monitoring personnel -- added to the decision to nix the fireworks in 2013.

A pyrotechnical expert, local police, firefighters and other city employees have been researching alternative locations for the events within San Ramon, including the event location, viewing locations and 'shoot site location,' according to the city's website.

The team found that the best firework shoot site location would be at the Old Ranch Park, as it "provides the best opportunity for excellent views from both sides of the City," and not just those in Central Park.

The shoot site would be solely for launching fireworks, and wouldn't be open to the public. The event site would be held elsewhere, and will be discussed in the meeting.

The original shoot site for fireworks was the Toyota lawn from 1985 through 1990. The site changed to Central Park in 1991, said the city's administrative analyst, Nicole Blazin.

It is not proposed that Old Ranch Park or adjacent neighborhoods in Old Ranch Estates, Summit View Estates, or Bent Creek be viewing locations for the general public, the report says.

The meetings will be held Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. Both meetings will be held at the Dougherty Station Community Center.

Residents who can't make the meetings can also email questions and comments to Fireworks@sanramon.ca.gov.  

For more information, visit the city's website.

L C January 07, 2014 at 08:36 PM
This proposed site seems to be very close to Dublin, a lot further away from the heart of San Ramon ! ! ! !
Lori Gallegos Scott January 08, 2014 at 07:02 PM
They want to shoot them off at Old Ranch Park!!! Who came up with that idea? One spark and those dry hills will light up like a torch and so will the near by homes.
Longtime Resident January 09, 2014 at 04:45 PM
Exactly what I was thinking Lori - there was a fire this past summer on the hill behind Old Ranch. Very bad idea.
John L. January 16, 2014 at 08:19 PM
I have been a resident of San Ramon my entire life. The annual fireworks have become a family tradition. To me, it seems that there is no better launch site than near Central Park. What about launching them from the top floor of the southern most Bishop Ranch parking structure adjacent to the new City Center future project? This seems like a perfect place. With the idea of launching them off Old Ranch Road my question is this. This location is so close to the Alameda County line and Dublin, so, is Dublin going to pick up some of the expense? It sure seems they should as many of those residents will be in the best viewing area. Let's keep the event where it is. There is no better place than the future heart of the City in a beautiful park location where blankets can be thrown and the kids can run around. There is also ample parking that the City can charge for to help pay for the show. A change in location? WHY?

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