REDWOOD CITY (KCBS) – Several long-running Fourth of July fireworks shows in the Bay Area will not happen this year, and even cities that can still afford to host them can barely afford to keep their community traditions alive.

Livermore cancelled its fireworks show, telling residents to consider taking them in the pyrotechnics displays at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton (which is on July 1st), or nearby San Ramon.

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The non-profit behind Redwood City’s Fourth of July spectacular simply couldn’t find companies willing to pony up for 2011 as they had in years past.

“Unfortunately for the last couple of years, because of the economic situation, they’ve been unable to get the corporate sponsors necessary to put on the fireworks,” said Malcolm Smith, spokesman for Redwood City.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

Two Vallejo businessmen who had funded the fireworks show there last years had to rely on an outpouring of donations to come up with the $18,000 needed this year.

Festival budgets are a natural consequence in an era when libraries have had trouble staying open, said Chris McKenzie, executive director of the League of California Cities.

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And the economics aren’t the only troublesome thing about the loss of community activities such as Independence Day gatherings.

“The extent to which you don’t have community celebrations, people feel less connected to each other and they’re not engaged in celebrating their common history and culture,” McKenzie said.

These activities draw young and old together in a way that few urban rituals do, so their disappearance has other less tangible consequences for a city’s quality of life.

“Children don’t get introduced to those community rituals and celebrations. Older people who’ve enjoyed them over the years don’t get to enjoy them again. They don’t come out of their homes and interact with members of the community,” McKenzie said.

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Comments (2)
  1. jimmy says:

    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.
    This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.
    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.

  2. Dirka Dirka says:

    Jimmy – why don’t you go wade out into the Bay from Alameda. Be sure to stay out there for several hours or until the tide washes you in.

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