Fireworks display returns to Bakersfield

July 2, 2013 by  

After four years, the sky above the Bakersfield College Memorial Stadium will be alight once again with the flash and boom of fireworks.

The I Love America Liberty Festival and Freedom Celebration will begin at 2:30 pm on July 4.

Activities include storytelling, bounce houses, food vendors, and kids’ games and activities. It has returned thanks to the sponsorship of Vision Corps, SC Anderson, Canyon Hills Church, Grimmway Enterprises, and San Joaquin Community Hospital.

Residents can compete in several competitions including a patriotic photo contest, Bakersfield singing star, Young Patriot kids talent and costume competition, Bakersfield’s Best Dressed Bicycle, and beautiful Bakersfield baby.

The evening fun begins at 7:30 pm inside the stadium with a parade, skydivers’ military honors, a singing flag, and the fireworks display set to music. Tickets are available at various locations throughout Bakersfield.

Kern County Animal Control officers have offered safety tips to keep pets safe during the loud booms and flashes from fireworks. Handouts with safety tips can be made at a local printing company. Owners should always make sure pets have identification tags on in case they do get lost.

Officers advise that pets should never be taken to fireworks displays or left in the car alone. They should be kept in a sheltered area where they will be safe but will not gnaw on any furniture when they are nervous. Leaving a television or radio on will also help to keep them calm. Some pets may require medication which can be obtained from a vet beforehand.