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July 4: Tehachapi offers something for everyone

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Tehachapi's 4th of July festivities promises to be a full day of fun, music, activities and patriotic enthusiasm for the entire family.

In the City of Tehachapi, the lineup for the holiday celebration will keep you busy from sunup until the big fireworks Sspectacular finale slated to begin at 9 p.m.

The city, Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District and other various organizations have put together an exciting day of activities on Friday, July 4, that you won’t want to miss.

Start the day with 5K Warrior Run

The Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District will host the Warrior Run 5K Friday, July 4. Registration for the run will begin at 6:30 a.m., at the Scout Hall, located on "C" Street in Philip Marx Central Park, with the run to begin at 7:30 a.m.

The course will weave its way throughout central Tehachapi.

Part of the proceeds will go to benefit Tehachapi Warrior Booster Club & Wounded Heroes Fund of Kern County.  

Registration fee for the run will cost $35, with multi-family, senior and military discounts available. Technical race shirt, pancake breakfast and commemorative medal will be included in the registration fee. Register online at or For more information, call 822-3228.

Pancake breakfast & music

The Warriors “Dog Chow” Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Warriors Booster Club will be available from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 each. Breakfast will be served at Central Park with the “Old Time Fiddlers Association” to perform while you eat. Come enjoy the good food and pleasant music.

Children’s Parade

Register your little ones for the Children’s Parade at 9 a.m. Meet at Central Park on "D" Street. The parade will begin at 10 a.m.

Wiener Run

The annual Tehachapi Wiener Run where Dachshunds will be competing for the top dog prize returns this year and will be held at Central Park. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and closes at 11 a.m., with the race to commence at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $10 per dog. Register your Wiener dog to race and win up to $100. Download the registration form and information by visiting or For more information, call 822-2200.

Hot Dog Festival

The annual Hot Dog Festival, sponsored by the City of Tehachapi, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Central Park. The event will include a local children's parade, food and beverage booths, games and prizes.

For more information, visit

Music and activites

Music will be performed by “BB Boys” from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Central Park. Food booths, the Soldier's Hero’s Wall of Valor, petting zoo, crafts, and children’s games will be featured at Central Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mostly Americana music will be performed by Tehachapi Pops Orchestra (T-Pops) at Central Park from 2 to 4 p.m.

Noon events

Mayor Phil Smith will give his “Welcome” address at Central Park at noon, followed by the flag raising ceremony.

Tehachapi Museum

The Tehachapi Museum, located at 310 S. Green St., will host its 41st birthday celebration beginning at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend and share in the cutting of the museum’s birthday cake. The museum will be open throughout the day, and will feature photograph and other exhibits.

More music

“Highline” will perform from 5 to 6:20 p.m. at Coy Burnett Football Stadium, followed by the Tehachapi Symphony and Symphonic Chorus from 7 to 9 p.m. The annual Pops Concert under the stars will feature show tunes, movie music, marches, patriotic songs and light classical music. Participants are encouraged to bring their own picnic basket and enjoy the music.


Rounding out a great 4th of July at 9 p.m. is the fireworks spectacular, an aerial show. Fireworks can be heard and viewed from Coy Burnett Stadium, the rodeo grounds, and other locations in town.

Benz Bad Bulls

The 15th annual Benz Bad Bulls bull riding tour is coming this July 4 to the Tehachapi Event Center and Rodeo Grounds from 5 to 9 p.m.

Discount tickets for this great event are now officially on sale at our ticket outlets. The tickets for the Benz Bad Bulls-Bull Riding can be purchased for a presale $2 discount at our local ticket outlets in Albertsons and the Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce. The Emporium Western Store, in Bakersfield, as well as the Boot Barn, in both Bakersfield and Lancaster, will also have Bad Bulls tickets for sell. The price of presale tickets will be adults for $13, with a special admission ticket price of $10 for seniors 60 and older, active military personal with a military id, and children ages 5 through 12. Children under the age of five are admitted free with a paid adult. Parking will be $5, and is a fundraiser for the Tehachapi Police Explorers Post. Ticket prices at the gate on July 4 will be $15 for adults; $12 for active military, seniors and children.

Stallion Springs

A pool party will be held at Stallion Springs Community Pool on the 4th of July from 1 to 7 p.m. The party will include water balloon games, pool games, races, jumping contests and more. Hot dogs and drinks will be sold.

Cost is $3 for residents, and $5 for non-residents. Recreation swim pool passes will be accepted.

Bear Valley Springs

• The Bear Valley Springs Association will present "Freedom, Family, and Fun" in honor of our Armed Forces on Friday, July 4, Saturday, July 5, and ending with a pancake breakfast on Sunday July 6, at Cub Lake

List of activities include hot air balloon rides; pancake breakfast; Independence Day parade; arts and crafts and club booths; beer, wine and food booths;  exhibits; an open house at the Fire Station; the raising of "Old Glory" and National Anthem; Kiddie Land Petting Zoo; Bingo; music by Sierra Highway; helicopter and Search and Rescue demonstrations; bike rides; classic car display; music by Denim; raffles; BVS Freedom Boat Parade; 5K "Just Add Color" Firecracker Run; open swimming; and Moonlight Movies.

For more information, call the Whiting Center at 821-6641.

• The 2nd Annual “Challenge the Bear” bike ride will be held on Saturday, July 5, beginning at 6 a.m. The event offers cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to tour the communities of Bear Valley and Stallion Springs with multiple routes for all riding levels, from enjoyable to challenging.

The choice of a Metric Century, Half Metric Century or Family Fun ride incorporates breathtaking mountain and lake views.  Participating riders will receive a complimentary lunch, a pair of “Challenge the Bear” cycling socks and have the opportunity to participate in the Bear Valley Springs 4th of July Festival.
For more information and to reserve your spot, visit, or call Jay Carlyn, ride director at 858-4106.

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