Mark city’s 150th with a bang – a parade and more

By Faith Barnidge on June 18, 2018

Residents can celebrate the 150th birthday of Concord and Independence Day together, thanks to generous participation by community members and partners.

Sponsors include the city of Concord, Concord Police Association, Concord Diablo Rotary, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Todos Santos Business Arts Foundation and Andeavor, formerly Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery in Martinez.

The Concord Police Association is sponsoring the Stars and Stripes 5K Walk & Run beginning with registration at 6:30 a.m. Pre-register at https://brazenracing.com/starsandstripesrun/. Proceeds will benefit Shelter Inc. Kids Fun Run signups begin at 6:30 a.m. for children 10 years and up, with the free run at 8 a.m.

Festivities continue with the Dave Crane Memorial Pancake Breakfast 8-11 a.m., prepared by Concord Diablo Rotary at Todos Santos Plaza, 2175 Willow Pass Road; $5.

The 4th of July Parade celebrating the city’s sesquicentennial begins at 10 a.m. at Mt. Diablo High School, 2450 Grant St. Floats, marching bands, equestrian and dance teams and community organizations will proceed south on Willow Pass Road to circle Todos Santos Plaza and return to the school.

After the parade leaves Todos Santos Plaza around noon, the Concord Historical Society will honor one of Concord’s founding fathers, Don Salvio Pacheco, at the unveiling of a statue created by artist Paula Slater. The ceremony will be near the Grant Street entrance to Todos Santos Plaza. Concord’s Sesquicentennial Committee has placed a stainless steel time capsule beneath the statue.

Stroll west a few short blocks to the Concord Historical Society Ice Cream Social 1-4 p.m., featuring free “tin roof sundaes” in the gardens between the Concord Heritage and Event Center and the historic home of Concord co-founder Don Francisco Galindo, at 1721 Amador Ave. Enjoy free tours of both historic buildings, with music and ice cream.

Concord’s 150th Anniversary Festival continues at Mt. Diablo High School. Gates open at 4 p.m. for family activities including a children’s carnival, live music, food booths, art exhibits, local vendors, a performance by the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps at 6 p.m. and a spectacular fireworks show at 9 p.m.

Visit www.concordjuly4th.com for more details.

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