San Ramon has a lineup for its scaled-down Independence Day celebration and is looking at ways to get the message out to people who may head to town looking for a fireworks show.
Blue Star Moms will be present to accept care packages for the troops.
The festivities will follow the annual Run San Ramon three-, five- and 10-k run/walks that begin at 8:15 a.m.
As planned, the smaller event will cost less than a fourth of the city's 2011 fireworks show, and nearly a tenth of what projections were for fireworks to be held in the city this year.
In 2011, the event cost $175,000, while the smaller show, sans fireworks, will run an estimated $41,580. City staff estimated it would cost $318,000 to hold a fireworks show, which had been an annual tradition since 1985.
With other communities canceling their fireworks, the full-scale event had the potential of bringing in 45,000 people, up from the 30,000 people who turned up last year, overflowing trashcans, creating long lines for bathrooms at Central Park and creating gridlock from 8 to 11 p.m.
Now comes a new challenge: getting the word out to the 45,000 people who could turn up.
Karen McNamara, San Ramon's interim parks and community services director, said the city will consider, among other things, putting up electronic highway signs telling people on Interstate 680 that the show had been canceled.
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