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Bakersfield says cancellation of 4th of July events was 'premature'

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Posted at 10:35 AM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 19:54:29-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif — (UPDATE) The City of Bakersfield has said that announcing the cancellation of 4th of July events was "premature."

According to a statement from the city, "With the state guidelines for the Governor’s stay-at-home order remaining in flux, particularly pending details for the recent announcement of the four-phase approach to re-opening the economy, the City’s announcement of the cancellation of the July 4th fireworks show was premature."

The City said it cares deeply about the celebration and wishes to communicate a strong commitment to celebrate July 4th as a community to the extent possible this year.


The City of Bakersfield has announced that they will not be holding their annual July 4th fireworks celebration due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the announcement the celebration is usually attended by 12,000 to 14,000 people. The city says there is no way to hold the celebration while also following stay-at-home orders.

The announcement goes on to say that there the event usually requires months of planning and there are too many unknowns to currently do so.