My Bakersfield

Latest News

UPDATED: City Clarifies Fireworks Celebration at Park at River Walk Announcement

CLARIFICATION STATEMENT (4:38 p.m. , April 30):

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



The City of Bakersfield has made the difficult decision to cancel the City’s annual Independence Day fireworks celebration at the Park at River Walk due to the ongoing COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.

The health and safety of Bakersfield residents and employees remain the City’s top priority.

Due to existing local and state health orders advising people stay home and practice social distancing, the City concluded the celebration cannot be held as it has been in the past.

The event attracts between 12,000 and 14,000 people who gather to watch the fireworks display in close proximity.

Planning for an event of this magnitude takes several months, and unfortunately there are too many unknowns to do so right now. Many other communities in California have also canceled Independence Day celebrations for the same reason.

The City is working with its partners at the Kern County Department of Public Health, California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control to ensure the public’s health is not put at risk.

The City also continues to provide updates on its dedicated COVID-19 webpage, which can be found here:

Please find ways to celebrate the Independence Day holiday at home while practicing responsible social distancing and following the guidelines set forth by the KCDPH, CDPH and CDC.

We look forward to the return of the annual Independence Day fireworks celebration in 2021.