Thousands Attend Antioch July 4th Celebration Parade and Fireworks

Fireworks explode over the river during Antioch, California’s July 4th, 2012 celebration – by Art Garcia

By Allen Payton, Publisher

Thousands of Antioch and area residents ventured to historic downtown Rivertown on Wednesday, July 4, to enjoy the privately funded celebration and lined the streets for the parade and the waterfront for the first Independence Day fireworks in the city, since 2009.

Following the parade, Nancy Green said, “This looked like something that Norman Rockwell should have been here to paint.”

The 90-minute parade on 2nd, I and 3rd Streets was followed by the 20-minute fireworks extravaganza by Fireworks America, lead by hometown boy Kevin Crews. The 22-minute show was accompanied, this year, by patriotic and other instrumental music all along the waterfront, provided by Rundall Productions.

The crowd voiced their pleasure for the fireworks with the usual “oohs” and “aahs” as well as applause. Some sang along to the music, as well.

“Good job on the fireworks,” one viewer said. “Everyone thought they were dope.” (For you older folks, that means they were good).

The day also included a well-attended Car Show at the City Hall parking lot, a Kids Zone at Waldie Plaza was provided by Jeff Warrenburg of Paradise Skate, and accompanied by the DJ music of Jim Lanter, as well as food vendors and the DJ music of DJ Throttle and entertainment of Jeff Rundall and his team at the main stage on 2nd Street.

Be sure to read the August issue of the Herald for more photos and details.

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See the official Celebration videos by Greg Enholm on YouTube, by clicking here.

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Fireworks over the river 7-4-12

One Comment to “Thousands Attend Antioch July 4th Celebration Parade and Fireworks”

  1. Lori Cook says:

    It was really nice to see so many well-behaved people enjoying downtown Antioch on the 4th of July. Thanks to everyone that made this happen.

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