This Independence Day, community members are invited to celebrate the birth of our nation at a free, family-friendly concert in Lions Wayside Park.
The 20th annual event will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. and is produced by two local nonprofits, Pleasanton Community Concert Band and CelebratingJuly4.org. Attendees are invited to bring picnics to the park at 4401 First St.
While the permanent title of the annual event is "Celebrating Freedom and its Evolution since the Revolution," this year’s theme is "American Giants: Bernstein, Douglass, and Baseball."
"This year's program came together last fall when an alumni magazine mentioned some significant anniversaries happening in 2018, including Leonard Bernstein's centennial and Frederick Douglass' bicentennial," said Bob Williams, conductor of the community band. "Both of these men were giants in their chosen fields, and selecting music and words to place them in the context of evolution of America’s freedom was very easy."