2019 Firecracker 5K Fun Run

Online Registration Is Open!


The 15th Annual Firecracker 5K Run and Walk and Kids 100-Yard Dash is a fantastic way to start the July 4th holiday. Benefiting Pleasant Hill schools, the run has raised over $160,000 and continues to grow each year. So, gather up the family, dress is your best patriotic gear, and come join the fun on July 4th in downtown Pleasant Hill! Entry fee includes a commemorative race t-shirt!

  • WHAT: 5K Run and Walk and Kids 100 Yard Dash fun run for 7 & under
  • WHEN: July 4th with 5K at 8:00 AM; 100-yard dash fun run about 7:50 AM
  • WHERE: Downtown Pleasant Hill
  • WHY: Because all race net proceeds go to support Pleasant Hill schools
  • PRIZES FOR: Top male and female in the 5K and Kids 100-yard dash fun run

Please read all the essential information below before registering. 

Online registration This link takes you to the Registration website.


Can I decide what school receives my money?

Yes! During the registration process you will be asked to designate a Pleasant Hill school to receive the net proceeds of your registration fees.


The USATF certified 5K course starts by the corner of Gregory Lane and Trelany Road, in front of City Hall, and ends at 45 Crescent Drive, in front of the Clock Tower.  The route winds through the downtown area and follows the same route as the parade. Runners make 3 laps around the course. A registration table will be set up before the race on Crescent Drive and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions. Race begins promptly at 8:00am so don’t be late to the start line!

Entry Fee

Entry fee is $30.00 for early bird entries before June 3rd; $35.00 after June 3rd and on race day. Discounts are also available for families and groups of 3 or more. There is no fee or t-shirt for the kids 7 & under 100-yard dash fun run, but please register so that we know how many participants to expect.


Please remember that if you register AFTER June 24th race t-shirts are not guaranteed although every effort will be made to ensure we have enough on-hand for every 5K participant. Last year we had plenty for everyone.

Bib Pick-up

Pick up your bibs and shirts on Saturday, June 29th from 11:00am to 3:00pm at Sports Basement,1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Sports Basement will offer a 20% discount on all in-store purchases during bib pickup. 

Bibs and shirts will also be available on race morning, but it is not recommended and those choosing to do this should plan to arrive by 7:00am to avoid being in line when the race starts! Race starts promptly at 8:00am.


$100 Sports Basement gift certificates will be awarded to the top male and female 5K runners.

100-yard dash winners receive an AMC gift certificate.


Parking is available at the multi-story parking lot on Crescent Drive across the street from the Century 16 Theater. Note that the entry/exit to this parking lot on Contra Costa Boulevard will remain open the entire day. The entry/exit on Crescent Drive will be closed from 7 AM to 11 AM.


** Participants acknowledge and agree that photos and/or video footage taken during any of the events sponsored by and/or included in the Pleasant Hill Fourth of July celebration may be used without further consent or compensation by the Pleasant Hill Fourth of July Commission for promotional purposes. This includes, but is not limited to websites, Facebook, social networks, articles, and any other promotional or news materials regardless of the format.