We’d like to share with you some information about a meaningful and fun community event that we would like to invite you to celebrate with us.
As you know, the city of Antioch has gone through some trying financial times and as a result, the annual Fourth of July Independence Day parade and fireworks celebration has gone unfunded for the past two years. This year, the Antioch Fourth of July Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Celebration 2012 Committee, comprising a cross-section of community leaders, business owners, service organizations and community-minded citizens, has come together to bring this 50-plus year tradition of celebrating our nation’s birth back to Antioch.
The celebration will include a parade, vendor and food booths and fireworks in a family-friendly, alcohol-free environment on our waterfront, providing our citizens with a much-needed a sense of community and inspiration. Our local school groups and youth organizations will be invited to not only participate, but the event will offer them fundraising opportunities.
In the past, over 20,000 celebrants annually enjoyed this day of community and national pride, and we believe this will be true of the 2012 celebration.
To accomplish this, we need your help and that of the entire community. To fund the parade and fireworks, at no cost in city funds, we will need to raise $65,000. We know this is a lofty goal, but one with everyone’s help we can accomplish – to date we have raised over $50,000.
In the coming weeks you will see donation containers at our local cooperating businesses and we solicit your help and sponsorship participation.
This is truly an event for the entire community and we hope you will consider helping us by supporting our efforts. As well as contributing in the containers, you may make your tax-deductible contributions online at www.antiochjuly4th.com or mail your check (payable to Antioch Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation) to Antioch Chamber of Commerce, 101 H St., Antioch, CA 94509 (please write “4th of July” on the memo line).
If you have questions, please contact us. We also invite you to offer suggestions as to how you can help make this great event return to Antioch.
Martha Parsons and Joy Motts
Antioch Fourth of July