The Fourth Brings Festivities and Fog

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An estimated 80,000 people watched fireworks at the Berkeley Marina on Friday after Independence Day festivities wound down, but many said they were disappointed to see fog roll across the sky during the latter half of the show.

While the event was full of food, music, old-fashioned games and street vendors, many said the finale of the show did not meet their expectations.

"It felt like Berkeley got the scraps from the city," said UC Berkeley junior Jed Guevara of the fireworks show. "It was just too bland, not enough color."

But added to the mix of the red, white and blue at the marina on July 4 were also elements of green.

Organizers for the Independence Day celebration said they made an effort to make the festivities more environmentally friendly than last year.

Lisa Bullwinkel, who produced the event, said staffed eco-stations were set up around the marina to assist and educate visitors when they disposed of their waste, and organizers worked with food vendors to compost their waste.

Water refill stations were also provided to encourage visitors to save their water bottles and refill them, Bullwinkel said.

"We want to be as green as we can be," she said.

Members of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition provided free valet services for bike riders at the event, housing between 250 and 300 bicycles throughout the day, according to the coalition's executive director, Robert Raburn.

Marina visitor Robin Keller, who rode to the event on a bike, said she decided not to drive her car to the event this year because she thought it would be easier.

"Everything seemed greener, so we were really happy about that," Keller said. "It was a good event."


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