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The fireworks show at The Park at River Walk in this 2017 file photo.

The city of Bakersfield announced Tuesday the cancellation of Saturday’s annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration at The Park at River Walk due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In a news release, the city said after careful thought and consideration and in consultation with the Kern County Public Health Services Department, the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the decision was made with the public’s health at the front of mind.

The city said it will broadcast a special Independence Day concert by the Bakersfield Municipal Band on multiple social media platforms. Also, 23ABC will televise the concert, scheduled to air from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as the city’s Recreation & Parks Facebook page.

The city said it hopes to host a fireworks show later this year when state and county guidelines on social gatherings change.

The city initially canceled the annual July 4 celebration in late April, citing social distancing concerns amid the pandemic. That same day, however, the city issued a follow-up announcement stating the cancellation was premature.

In Tuesday’s news release, the city said it hoped state guidelines would have been revised sooner and that it explored alternatives for the celebration. Still, with coronavirus cases increasing locally and statewide regulations still in place, the city said holding such a communitywide event isn’t possible right now.

It added that other communities in California and the United State have canceled similar celebrations scheduled for this weekend.

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Masked 2020

I mean really........do we need all this PutinBounty stuff for the celebration..... shouldn't we all just be Happy.........all is well....now lets just move one.....ignore the pandemictheNumberhaveneverbeenbetter....I don't know how Vlad and NakedDon and MakedMike2020 are going to spintheworld this weekend but stay tuned......now lets us all join in a glorious chorus of your You're a grand old flag, You're a high flying flag And forever in peace may you wave. You're the emblem of The land I love. The home of the free and the brave. Ev'ry heart beats true 'neath the Red, White and Blue, Where there's never a boast or brag. Should auld acquaintance be forgot, Keep your eye on the grand old flag. You're a grand old flag, You're a high flying flag And forever in peace may you wave. You're the emblem of The land I love. The home of the free and the brave. Ev'ry heart beats true 'neath the Red, White and Blue, Where there's never a boast or brag. Should auld acquaintance be forgot, Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

ahh Yorkies, the poster child for benighted scribes on this site...

I think you're actually creating these nonsensical posts in order to make Biden appear brilliant (in comparison to you). It's not working, but continue to waste bandwidth- you obviously have nothing else to do with your time...

Moardeeb

There's not much to celebrate this year. After we elect Biden and turn the Senate we will get this country turned around and Party big time Nov. 4th and July 4th 2021!

Bodysnatcher

Oh yeah, you and the opossum will certainly party. Woohoo.........

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