Petaluma Fireworks! Time to Vote


Public events don’t happen by magic. This article attempts to illustrate how much effort goes into raising the monies necessary for Petaluma’s Fourth of July fireworks show.

Please Note: If you decide to participate in the Raley’s Reach contest discussed below, you have to be willing to register on the Raley’s website to do so…. Registration involves providing a valid e-mail address.

–Frank Simpson


In this busy Election Year, Petaluma voters are presented with still yet another opportunity to vote on an important issue.  This time, the public can cast their votes to help complete the funding for Petaluma’s Fourth of July Fireworks show…

Let me explain…

Jan Mandrell, the ever energetic and enthusiastic Recreation Supervisor at Parks & Rec advises that funding efforts are within $6.500 of the goal for this year’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show. Major donations by Kiwanis, Raley’s and others (see “Funding Background” at the end of this article) helped bring the funding to this point.

To help close the gap, Mandrell reports:

I recently discovered another community support program sponsored by Raley’s called Raley’s Reach.

Basically, Raley’s is asking communities in Northern California and Northern Nevada to submit ideas for local community projects that could be eligible to receive a $7,500 grant from Raley’s.

So we submitted a grant proposal to Raley’s Reach to help us close the gap. 

  • The trick is that it is one of several proposals and to succeed it must get the support of the public. 
  • The five ideas with the most votes will receive $7,500 to put the project into action.

Therefore, we are encouraging everyone to go to the Raley’s Reach Page (CLICK HERE)  to register and  vote!  Voting started April 21 and runs through May 12. You can vote once a day until the voting closes.

We are hoping if everyone votes on Petaluma’s Raley’s Reach proposal we will be one of the top five and will thus have enough monies to provide children’s activities on July 4th similar to those that took place at the 2008 Sesquifest Program.

Remember, individual contributions are still welcomed. If you care to donate in any amount, simply make your check  payable to “City of Petaluma/July4th” and mail it to Petaluma Community Center, 320 North McDowell Blvd. Petaluma, Ca 94954. Any monies not used for this year’s show will be held to help support the July 4th show in 2011.


Funding Background

For those who may not be familiar with the funding history for Petaluma’s Fireworks Show, Mandrell advises:

In past years we have been fortunate to have several sponsors donate money to support the annual July 4th Fireworks show in Petaluma. Several of the major sponsors in the past were not able to contribute this year.

Fortunately, Petaluma Kiwanis approached me in January of this year wanting to help with the organization of the program and committing $10,000 to kick-start the fundraising campaign.  A recent article in the Argus helped raise public awareness of the need to find funding and this article was read by a Raley’s executive. This led to a decision by Raley’s to donate $25,000 as they felt it was a community program of the type they wanted to support.

Raley’s contribution brought the funding level up to $35,000 of the $50,000 needed.  Additional contributions such as those from Jerico-$3,000, First Community Bank-$500.00, Petaluma Village Premium Outlet Mall-$500, Clover Stornetta-$250, Old Chicago Pizza-$100, Board of Realtors-$500, Ross Recreation Equipment-$150, Cal West-$250.00, and several other individuals from the community have closed the gap to $6,500. 


One thought on “Petaluma Fireworks! Time to Vote

  1. Raleys has definitely stepped up to the plate for Petaluma since opening a store here in town. It’s my number one source for British PG Tips Tea!

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