An annual Bakersfield tradition, the July 4th Community Celebration returns to the Park at River Walk, featuring a free fireworks show and live entertainment at the Spectrum Amphitheatre. The event, produced by the City of Bakersfield and AEG, is made possible by the contributions of generous sponsors, including Pacific Gas & Electric, Adventist Health, Rabobank N.A., Cal Water, and E&B Natural Resources. The event will get started at 6 p.m., with music by Foster Campbell & Friends starting at 7 p.m., and the fireworks scheduled for 9:15 p.m.
Food and beverage will be available for sale by El Churro Loco, Pita Paradise, Papa John’s and Carney Kettle Corn. There will also be games and activities including bounce houses available for children.
Please note that parking for this event is extremely limited. The vacant lot at the corner of Stockdale Highway and Buena Vista Road, which in years past has been used for overflow parking, will be unavailable this year due to an abundance of kit fox activity. Signage and staff will be directing people not to park in this location. Citizens are encouraged to utilize alternative methods of transportation including walking, biking, public transportation and carpooling to get to the park. Secure bike valet parking will be provided by Bike Bakersfield starting at 6:00 p.m. and utilizing the bike path is a great way to get to the event. Reservations must be made in person. Call the City of Bakersfield Recreation and Parks Department at 326-3866 for availability and cost.