Fireworks and Holiday Tree Lighting Canceled?! The Show Must Go On!

In his weekly newsletters to the community, Interim City Manager Mario Giuliani has shared his growing concern about the rapidly ballooning budget deficit and how the City is struggling to contain it.  Caused by many factors, it has been exacerbated by unexpected crises, including the collapse of the pedestrian crossing on Military West and a massive break in the City’s main water line last winter.  As lower priority projects with nonessential expenses, City officials made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s annual Fireworks and Holiday Tree Lighting events.  Expected savings: $70,000.

The Fourth of July Fireworks and Holiday Tree Lighting are part of the traditions that make Benicia great. 

When they were suspended during the pandemic, the community shared great disappointment.  Facing another cancellation of these popular events is simply untenable!   

But hope is on the way, and you can help!

Early this year, Ace initiated a funding campaign for a spring drone show, and what we witnessed over three wet winter months was incredible!  Nearly 1500 individuals contributed and this speaks to the community’s desire to celebrate.  

The drone event this season has also been suspended for the same reason, but this gives us an opportunity.  Working with the City to ensure that the Fireworks and Tree Lighting continue, Ace is pivoting our fundraising efforts and re-naming our campaign to:  “Save the Shows!”  With that, we will continue to accept donations at Ace with the goal of saving the fireworks show.  And if successful (I know we will be!), Ace will continue the campaign all summer so that we can save the Tree Lighting, too!  And then, back to the drone show for 2024!

You can help! 

On your next visit to Southampton Center, stop by Ace and make a contribution at the register.  Help save Benicia’s traditions and Save the Shows!


*** Current funding for the Drone Show 2023 campaign will be redirected to July fireworks.  However, past drone show donors wishing a refund may request one by visiting Ace by July 1st.  Simply approach a Cashier.  After  July 1st, remaining funds will be directed to the new campaign.