After a two-year absence, Pittsburg will have a Fourth of July fireworks show this year.
The funding for the pyrotechnics show, which will be along the city's waterfront, is made possible from existing city fees charged to waterfront tenants that include Dow Chemical, USS-POSCO and NRG Energy.
"It's something we are very excited about," said Garrett Evans, assistant city manager, at a neighborhood meeting Tuesday at Marina Vista Elementary where city officials talked with residents about local projects and issues and answered questions about their concerns.
When the news was announced, people clapped their approval.
It is estimated that the fireworks show will cost about $18,000 to $20,000, Evans said.
Pittsburg last had fireworks in 2010 when USS-POSCO Industries sponsored the show as part of the company's 100th anniversary of producing steel here after it was learned that money was not available for a pyrotechnics display.
Over the past several months, Old Town Pittsburg Business District Association has spearheaded a fundraising effort for a fireworks show. But a few weeks ago, the association told city officials it did not think it would be able to raise enough money for the show, said Adrian Badger, association president and owner of Steeltown Coffee & Tea on Railroad Avenue, on Wednesday.
"The city has really been awesome (to) make this happen," he said.
Now that the fireworks are taken care of, Badger said that the association's board members plan to meet Friday to figure out how best to spend the almost $5,000 in donations that have been raised.
"This frees up the funds that we've raised so far to go directly toward a festival," he said. "We are now able to focus our energy on doing something" that would support daytime activities in the marina and downtown area before the fireworks.
To that end, a fundraising event scheduled for June 9 at the Delta View Golf Course is still on, he said.
The city plans to hold another neighborhood meeting on June 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the gazebo at Highlands Ranch Park on Buchanan Road. To have a specific issue addressed at the meeting, send an email to NeighborhoodTeam@ci.pittsburg.ca.us or call 925-252-6975.
Contact Eve Mitchell at 925-779-7189. Follow her on Twitter.com/eastcounty_girl.