BUTTONWILLOW, Calif. — The night sky lit up in Western Kern County Friday night as the first fireworks show was held in Buttonwillow. Many firework shows have been canceled all across the country this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. But a few areas and groups still decided to have a show. 23ABC's Lezla Gooden was in Buttonwillow at the park where the show was held.
Fireworks flashing across the sky ahead of Fourth of July Friday night as families filling their cars and sitting inside and around their vehicles celebrating. Many gathered in their front lawns and following requests from officials to not sit on the grass.
The fireworks lasted around 30 minutes and were greeted with cheers from attendees. Many said they are grateful to be able to have a celebration this year.
Neighbors said at one point there was a small fire possibly caused by the fireworks show but it was quickly put out.
"I am just glad with everything going on we were still able to celebrate our Independence Day in the way that we know and love," said Jordan Romero.
"They caught a little fire you know but we had a good response from the fire department and I want to give it for the Buttonwillow Fire Department they put it out pretty quick. It wasn't a huge fire but they acted quickly," said Lorenzo Pena.
There are two other shows taking place on Independence Day. The city of Taft is holding a free drive-in fireworks show in the area of Franklin Field around 8 p.m. And Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake will be holding a show at 9 p.m. Saturday.