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WATCH: 4th of July Fireworks at the Alameda County Fair

54,000 people from around the East Bay turned out for the first fourth of July fireworks show at the fair since 1997, according to fair officials.

PLEASANTON, CA: Fireworks display at the Alameda County Fair 2014. Video Credit: Paige Johnson
PLEASANTON, CA: Fireworks display at the Alameda County Fair 2014. Video Credit: Paige Johnson


Fair officials say 54,000 people from around the East Bay flooded the Alameda County Fair last night to watch the first 'Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular' in 16 years.

It was the first time since 1997 that the fireworks were held on Independence Day.

On July 4, 1998, a gang-related shooting occurred on the carnival midway, injuring 10 fairgoers and prompting the suspension of the fireworks show on fourth of July until this year.

Related article: Fourth of July Fireworks and Final Weekend of Alameda County Fair

Pleasanton Police issued a traffic advisory on July 4, and for several weeks ahead of time, warning of potential gridlock and heavy traffic as a result of the fair's patriotic pyrotechnics.

Related article:  Road Closures for Fourth of July Fireworks at the Alameda County Fairgrounds

Nearby in Dublin, hundreds of residents bought 'Safe and Sane' fireworks at one of the many fireworks booths around town and later celebrated at one of the designated parks in Dublin

Photo of the Weekend: Fantastic 4th of July Fireworks in Dublin

The fair runs through July 6.

Were you one of the many who turned out to enjoy the Independence Day fireworks display at the fair? Tell us in the comments section.

2014 Alameda County Fair articles on Patch:


James Nelson July 05, 2014 at 11:32 PM
Illegal Fireworks in Newark last night was EPIC, I didn't have any this year, but I did end up making a Bottle Bomb and dropping it into a nearby Gutter, for that extra Boom and Rumble! Cut up the Piccolo Pete's, I obtained from NUSD's Legal Fireworks Stand, and dropped about half a pound of Powder into a Listerine Bottle, poked a hole in the top of the cap and dropped a Fuse. Crude, but effective.
James Nelson July 06, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Autumn, perhaps you can find out why so many people keep "passing out" at the Carnival there. Every damn day, there's over a dozen people "Passed out", some near the blue gate, others the green gate, some by the Ferris wheel, others by the corn dog stand. Listening to ALCO's County Wide is like a who dunnit mystery LOL! At first, I thought it was ETOH Subjects, but all ages, backgrounds etc. The youngest was 6, I believe.
Autumn Johnson July 06, 2014 at 10:39 AM
@James: I am guessing there is always a steady flow of those but I know the firefighters were dealing with a lot of folks who were dehydrated and suffering from being out in the extreme heat.
Ken Briggs July 06, 2014 at 10:55 AM
you folks should come to Lakeport to see a real good show for fire works and then hop over to Clearlake and see another bigger show . Sat night show free real good and you could see the fire works a mile away supper good for two plus hours and all for free .
pburrell123 July 06, 2014 at 11:35 AM
The fireworks at the Alameda County Fair were awesome! Thank you for a spectacular show!

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