Fireworks at River Walk (copy)

The best way to stay cool and see the fireworks is to be near the water at The Park at River Walk.

July 1: Bakersfield Local Launch, 6 to 10:30 p.m., Speakeasy Bar and Grill at 1933 Event Center, 7900 Downing Ave., $10-$12, livemusiccity.com

July 1-2: 34th annual One-Act Festival, 8 p.m. Bakersfield Community Theatre, 2400 S. Chester Ave., $16-$20, bakersfieldcommunitytheatre.square.site

July 1-2, 8-9: "The Play That Goes Wrong," 8 p.m., The Empty Space, 706 Oak St., $10-$65, esonline.org

July 1-3: "Wrinkles: The 55+ Musical Revue," meal at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Stars Theatre Restaurant, 1931 Chester Ave., $47 for show only, $75 for dinner and show (with student discounts), bmtstars.com

July 2: Stars and Stripes Fireworks Extravaganza, 9:15 p.m., Engineer Point at Lake Isabella, off Barlow Road, free

July 2: Summer Movie Series: "The Little Mermaid," noon, Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St., $5, axs.com

July 2: Taft Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Celebration, 4 p.m., Taft Rails to Trails, West Hillard Street in Taft, free

July 3: Independence Day Celebration, 6 p.m. (fireworks at 9 p.m.), Sherwood Park, 100 S. Second St. in McFarland, free

July 3: "Star Spangled Spectacular" Fireworks Show, 9:15 p.m., north end of Delano Airport, 1212 Airport Drive, free with suggested donation to Kiwanis Club

July 3: 3rd of July Fireworks Celebration, 6 p.m., Shafter High School Sports Complex, Recreation Field, 526 Mannel Ave., free

July 4: Independence Day

July 4: City of Bakersfield Independence Day celebration and fireworks show, with music, food vendors and more, starts at 6 p.m. with fireworks at 9:15 p.m., The Park at River Walk, 11298 Stockdale Highway, free

July 4: All American 5K, 7 a.m., Steven A. Shy Activity Center, Central Park, 311 E. D St. in Tehachapi, $45 registration fee

July 8: Black Rodeo USA, 8 p.m., Kern County Fair, 1142 S. P St., $15-$30, eventbrite.com

July 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31: "The Phantom of the Melodrama," 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama, 12748 Jomani Drive, $27, 661-587-3377

July 8-10, 15-17, 22-23: "[title of show]," 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Stars Theatre Restaurant, 1931 Chester Ave., $25 ($15 for students), bmtstars.com

July 9: Banda Machos/Banda Maguey, 8 p.m., La Movida, 212 E. 18th St., $50, lamovidatix.com

July 9: Bimmerwelt: BMW Track Festival, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Buttonwillow Raceway Park, 24551 W. Lerdo Highway, free to attend, eventbrite.com

July 9: Coastal Conservation Association Kern County Cornhole Tournament and BBQ, 4 to 8 p.m., Cope's Tackle & Rod Shop, 1654 Calloway Drive, $60-$250, ccacalifornia.org

July 10: A La Ritz Brunch Drag Extravaganza, 10 a.m., Stars Theatre Restaurant, 1931 Chester Ave., $55-$95, alaritzbrunch.com