Gayle Dickson took lunch and dinner reservations at Lara’s Fine Dining restaurant at the Richmond Marina where customers will have a front-row seat for the annual July 3 fireworks show. 

“It’s a big deal, yes. We haven’t had it in two years so people are excited, the regulars are,” said Dickson.

“It’s a great opportunity to get out again and enjoy fireworks on the water,” said Richmond resident Mario Brown.

However, the Contra Costa County firefighters disagree. It was reported that 3 fires in Antioch and one in Pittsburg started overnight by illegal fireworks. 

“Our vegetation is dry and although we’re experiencing cooler weather it’s dangerous and illegal to set off fireworks in Contra Costa County, we’re asking for communities help in not doing that,” said Contra Costa County Fire Marshal Chris Bachman.

Bachman says his department is staffing up on fire crews for the holidays to be ready for any incident.