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City of Bakersfield cancels annual 4th of July celebration

Multiple streets impacted by Riverwalk fireworks
Posted at 9:42 AM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 14:46:14-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The City of Bakersfield announced it is officially canceling the annual 4th of July celebration at the Park at River Walk due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"The health and safety of Bakersfield residents and its employees remain the City’s top priority," City officials said in a release.

As an alternative, this Saturday the City will broadcast a special Independence Day concert by the Bakersfield Municipal Band on multiple social media accounts. You can also watch it here on 23ABC.

The City hopes to host a community celebration with a fireworks show later this year once state and county guidelines allow for public gatherings once again.

"We ask that residents find safe and legal ways to celebrate the Independence Day holiday at home, while also practicing responsible social distancing and following the guidelines set forth by the KCDPH, CDPH and CDC."

As of now, the annual celebration is set to return next year.