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Tehachapi to go on with annual fireworks celebration, cancels festival

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Posted at 12:14 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 16:19:37-04

On Tuesday, the city of Tehachapi announced that its annual fireworks celebration will go on as planned for 9 p.m. on July 4th.

However, the city also announced that due to state and county restrictions on large festivals and events, it was canceling the All-American 4th of July Festival at Philip Marx Central Park and Coy Burnett Stadium.

“At this point in time a festival would either not be allowed or would include too many restrictions per the State of California or the Department of Public Health, which didn’t seem appropriate for our Independence Day” said Economic Development Coordinator and festival organizer Corey Costelloe. “We now set our sights on 2021 where we hope to have an appropriate celebration of our freedom on this great nation’s birthday.”

The 18-minute fireworks display will go on as scheduled from the Tehachapi Municipal Airport. Residents can watch the show from surrounding areas in the Tehachapi Valley.

“We are pleased to be able to continue our partnership with sPower and continue the tradition of our fireworks spectacular on the 4th of July,” said City Manager Greg Garrett. “While things are different in 2020, we refused to lose focus on the importance of the fireworks display to our community, to our sense of normalcy and to our country.”