Budget woes aren't going to put a damper on Orinda's annual Fourth of July festivities, and organizers say the celebration is definitely on.
It also will be a team effort, with Lafayette and Moraga, for the first time in its nearly 30-year history.
The Orinda Association's confirmation that the city's celebration will indeed be happening July 4 echoes Orinda staffers who say rumors that the festivities have been in jeopardy were false, and the city has never considered canceling the parade, one of the biggest in Contra Costa County.
The Orinda Association, which organizes the annual event, had been concerned about whether the city would be able to provide police officers and public works employees during the parade.
Orinda Public Information Officer Monica Pacheco wrote in an e-mail that the city sponsors the parade each year and pays for police and public works services. The city's new budget calls for $8,000 to staff the parade.
Officials had been eyeing the cost of some services while tackling a shortfall in the city's 2012-13 budget, which was adopted Tuesday. But Orinda Association president Bill Waterman said parade organizers and the city have been discussing funding for several years. He said the association would like to work with Lafayette and Moraga on future parades and pool their resources.
"We hope this will be the start of something big that continues," he said.
Lafayette does not currently organize
In addition to celebrating independence, this year's parade will honor those who have served in the country's armed forces. Organizers have wanted to salute veterans for some time. "It's our way of saying thanks," Waterman said.
The day kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast followed by a 2-mile run/walk or 5-mile run through parts of Orinda and the East Bay Municipal Utility District watershed. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the Orinda Theatre and ends at 11:30 a.m. at the Orinda Community Center Park. A classic car show and a football toss follow at the park and there will be plenty of activities for children including a beanbag toss, carnival games and a petting zoo. Food from local restaurants and Czech beer from Orinda's sister city Tabor are also on tap.
The westbound Highway 24 on/off ramp and the east side of Camino Pablo will be closed from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. to accommodate festivities. More information is at www.orindaassociation.org.