SUISUN CITY — Aaliyah Corona wasn’t disappointed.
“I think this was the best fireworks show I have ever seen,” the 12-year-old Grange Middle School student said. “It lit up the sky.”
Aaliyah and thousands of others packed into the waterfront area Friday night, along with hundreds more in dozens of spots along Highway 12, to watch the 19-minute Independence Day show that culminated with a spectacular finale.
The Corona family made their annual trip to the waterfront — parents Estevan and Ariane, their three children and the kids’ cousins.
“We’ve lived in a lot of places in the Bay Area, and Suisun City has the best fireworks,” Ariane Corona said.
She got no argument from 12-year-old Aaliyah.
“The fireworks seem like they take a long time to get here,” she said about a half-hour before the show started. But she liked the result.
And so did her cousin, 12-year-old Alenah Desilva-Corona of Richmond.
“I liked the last part best,” she said.
Aaliyah’s 4-year-old brother, E.J., agreed. Kind of.
“It was loud,” he said.
Suisun City welcomed about 1,000 people for the celebration that saw its waterfront swarming with people going on the ferris wheel, getting their faces painted or just sitting and enjoying the excitement.
People danced and sang along as The Terry Sheets Band entertained with a mixture of well-known country tunes – and a little rock ‘n’ roll. A set by Mixed Nuts also brought people to their feet.
Vendors sold everything from ice cream to barbecue sandwiches. Many people brought their own blankets and sat on the ground with food and drinks.
Ken Coon and his friend Jerry Kedik from rural Rio Vista come every year for the fireworks.
“We brought our own sandwiches and will set a blanket on the grass later on in the evening,” Kedik said.
They were considering going somewhere else next year for the Fourth of July.
“We do this every year,” said Coon. “Perhaps next year we will try Sacramento or somewhere.”
Dennis Bair came downtown to support the Kroc Center and Suisun City. He does this annually and was excited about the fireworks.
“I’m going over to the First Christian Church to watch the fireworks go off. They have a barbecue. It’s a lot of fun,” he said.
“I like to support Suisun whenever I can,” he said.
Brad Stanhope contributed to this article. Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or firstname.lastname@example.org.