No fireworks at Redwood City Fourth


The annual Fourth of July parade and festival in Redwood City will not include a fireworks show this year for the first time in more than a decade, an event coordinator said.

"Unfortunately, fireworks have gotten exceedingly expensive," said Robert Slusser, event coordinator for the Peninsula Celebration Association, the nonprofit that hosts the event.

He said costs include materials, transportation and liability insurance, all of which have gotten pricier over the years.

"We've had to increase our budget by about 10 to 12 percent each year for the past five years just to maintain the same level of the fireworks show," Mr. Slusser said.

In the past, the cost of putting on the fireworks show has been more than $50,000, he said.

He said the Peninsula Celebration Association informed Redwood City's City Council of its decision last year.

"Last year after the Fourth of July we told the City Council flat out we're not going to have the funds to do it," he said.

Despite the lack of fireworks, Mr. Slusser said he believes Redwood City residents will have just as much fun at this year's event.

For information about the parade and festival, go to


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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jun 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm

How about we fire some overpriced public sector parasites and continue to put on the fireworks display?

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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 16, 2010 at 1:14 pm

This is a big shame. Surely someone could have done without a bonus or raise somewhere in the local government.

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Posted by A kid who needs fireworks on the 4th
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Jul 3, 2010 at 8:53 am

They should have skipped the parade and brought the fireworks because it will suck without fireworks.

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