China Lake to host July 4 fireworks

China Lake to host July 4 fireworksBy BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer

The Ridgecrest Lions Club announced earlier this week that it would have to cancel its annual 4th of July Fireworks show due to COVID-19 restrictions. In the days that followed, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake stepped up to the plate with its own fireworks viewing event.

The Lions Club announced that hosting an event would prove too difficult given social-distancing requirements. Since other shows in the county have cancelled, they also didn’t want to run the risk of drawing even more viewers from out of town.

Because base access is already limited – NAWS can present its event safely to a limited number of military families, while still delivering a visual display to all in the valley.

NAWS is taking this opportunity to celebrate not only Independence Day, but also the community’s resiliency to last year’s earthquakes and the current pandemic, according to its Facebook announcement.

Priority parking, with adherence to social-distancing guidelines, will be available at the Mirror Lake dry lake bed to those with access.

“In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, we would like to emphasize that this is a fireworks display, not a gathering,” said the release. “There will be no vendors, no tailgating, and patrons will be asked to stay in their designated spaces.”

Members of the public are encouraged to see the “Independence Day & Resiliency Celebration” event hosted by NAWS China Lake on Facebook for more details as they are announced.

“We just got last-minute approval to host the event and details are still in the works,” said NAWS China Lake Public Affairs Officer Margo Allen. “The idea was to stage the fireworks so that everybody in the community can see them. Similar to the traditional fairgrounds show, just a bit more north.”

The show is currently scheduled for Saturday, July 4, 7-9:30 p.m. Visit facebook.com/events/3921538597888061 for updates.

Story First Published: 2020-06-19