Richmond plans to bring back July 3 fireworks celebration

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Richmond plans to bring back July 3 fireworks celebration
Yellow fireworks in the sky during nighttime

Richmond is planning to bring back the July 3 fireworks celebration following a two-year pandemic hiatus.

The City Manager’s newsletter invites the community to “music, food, and the stunning view of the bay at Marina Bay Park while enjoying fireworks,” but also notes that there’s still a chance for a cancellation due to COVID-19 developments.

But for now, “it’s back,” the city said.

At its meeting Tuesday, June 7, Richmond City Council will be asked to approve a production agreement with Pyro Spectaculars North Inc. for a fireworks display show on July 3 at Marina Bay Park.

The total cost of the 2022 fireworks showcase is $54,000, which is higher than usual due to an increase in the cost of fuel, supplies and shipping, as well as clean-up charges per new California State Water Board regulations, according to the city.

The city will pay $44,000 of the cost due to receiving a $10,000 credit from Pyro Spectaculars. In 2019, the city entered into a three-year contract with Pyro Spectaculars and paid a negotiated $20,000 cancellation fee to the vendor for 2020 and 2021. Not included in this year’s cost for the fireworks show is the cost of having the Richmond Fire Department on hand to monitor the event, according to the city.