Lots of ways to celebrate the 4th in Tehachapi (but don’t set off fireworks) | lifestyle

Get ready to party, Tehachapi. But remember, personal fireworks of any kind aren’t allowed in Kern County’s mountain communities — including the greater Tehachapi area. The fire risk is just too great, and the Kern County Fire Department is promising a $1,500 first offense fine and compensation for damages in the event of a wildfire.

But don’t worry, there will be fireworks and many other ways to celebrate.

The annual Tehachapi City Aerial Fireworks display begins on Monday, July 4 at 9:00 p.m. According to Assistant City Manager Corey Costelloe, the show begins next to the event center near Tehachapi Municipal Airport.

“This location offers wonderful viewing opportunities from around Tehachapi,” Costelloe noted. “The city once again enlisted the services of Zambelli Fireworks for this patriotic demonstration of freedom, with the goal of making the show better every year.”

In previous years, Coy Burnett Stadium opened as a place to watch the fireworks, but Costelloe said the budget had to be cut this year so the city wouldn’t pay the school district to use the stadium.

Events in Central Park

In town, celebrations begin at 7 a.m. on July 4th with the All American 5K Run sponsored by the Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District. The run begins with a 7am mass start at the Steven Shy Activity Center in Central Park. Registration for this event is $45 and includes a t-shirt, finisher’s medal and post-race pancake breakfast. Participants can register online at tvrpd.org. The closing date for entries is June 30th.

At 8:00 a.m., the Ed Grimes Memorial Pancake Breakfast begins at Philip Marx Central Park. The breakfast is a fundraiser for Tehachapi High School’s football program and is named in honor of former Tehachapi Mayor Ed Grimes, who spearheaded the event for many years.

Breakfast tickets are $8 each. Players and coaches will be selling tickets at the Tehachapi Farmers’ Market in downtown Tehachapi on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The fun continues in Central Park with food and craft vendors, music and other entertainment beginning at 11 am. The welcome by the mayor and the national anthem are planned for lunchtime.

Booths organized by the Tehachapi Valley Arts Association showcase local vendors and small businesses. Also in the park is the American Legion Wall of Valor sponsored by the American Legion Family of Tehachapi – American Legion Post 221, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 221, The American Legion Riders Chapter 221, and The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 221.

Back by popular demand is an entertainment lineup that includes local artists Averee Napier, Ryan Sillifant and Americana band Muleskinner Revival, Costelloe said.

And the annual beer garden fundraiser, sponsored by Tehachapi Valley Wrestling Club, is back at the Central Park Gazebo starting at noon.

“We want to continue to offer a small town Fourth of July celebration and that includes local vendors, local music artists and support from both locals and visitors to our community,” said Costelloe. “These events are important to our culture as Americans, along with our history as residents of Tehachapi. We’re taking these opportunities to say hello to friends, make some new ones, and enjoy this patriotic celebration in Central Park together.”

Bad Bulls rodeo

At the conclusion of the Central Park celebrations at 4:00 p.m., the action moves to the Tehachapi Rodeo and Event Center for the annual bull riding event, Bad Bulls, presented by the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association. Gates open at 4pm for the 6pm event which sold out in 2021 with a record turnout.

Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at www.TehachapiProRodeo.com.

Bear Valley Springs

The gated community of Bear Valley Springs has plans for a community celebration with hot air balloons and the 30th Annual Independence Day Parade. Activities are open to Bear Valley Springs Association members and guests.

Events begin with Moonlight Movies (“Encanto”) on Friday evening, July 1st.

Saturday, July 2 starts at 6:30am with hot air balloons, pancake breakfast and 5K registration. The Firecracker 5K starts at 7:15 am. Remax sponsored balloon rides start at 7:30am. Booths, exhibits, a beer truck and food are available at Cub Lake from 9am to 5pm. A variety of other activities including paddleboard and kayak races on 4 Island Lake, Kinderland petting zoo and pony rides on the north side of the lake, music and a boat parade ending on Saturday.

On Sunday, July 3, many of the same activities will continue in addition to worship music and a lakeside sermon provided by Bear Valley Church on the main stage and a car show along the Cub Lake trail at the Dog Park.

Hot air balloons and a pancake breakfast start the day on Monday 4th July, followed by the Independence Day parade, children’s games and many more activities ending at 3:30pm (some balloons may fly on Tuesday 5th July).

More information is available online at bvsa.org/posts/4th-of-july-weekend-activities.

Other events

Other local holiday events and activities include:

• The Tehachapi Crosswinds RC Club will plant American flags along Red Apple Avenue on the morning of July 4th.

• 5150 Mud Park presented by 5150 Dieselz on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Events include mud pits and dirt drag racing, as well as a Friday night potluck. Admission is $25 per person for limited camping admission. Pay at the gate and get a wristband for the whole weekend. Children up to 12 years are free. The event will be held at 20363 Sasia Rd., Tehachapi. For more information call Robert Peralta at 661-333-7184.

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