Plans for another All-American Festival on July 4th have been announced by the city of Tehachapi. This year’s sponsor is the AltaOne Federal Credit Union.
The July 4th celebrations begin at 7 a.m. with the All American 5K and conclude with the annual fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m., according to Corey Costelloe, assistant city manager and events coordinator. Numerous other activities take place in between, including the Ed Grimes Memorial Pancake Breakfast and the All-American 4th of July Festival in Central Park with food and craft vendors, music and other entertainment.
Costelloe noted that the city’s annual fireworks extravaganza originated next to the event center at 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.”
He added that the All-American 4th of July Festival is also supported by WM, the company that provides trash and recycling services to city dwellers.
Costelloe said the Ed Grimes Memorial Pancake Breakfast (8 a.m., Philip Marx Central Park) is a fundraiser for Tehachapi High School’s football program, named in honor of former Tehachapi Mayor Ed Grimes, who supported the efforts of that event led for many years.
Breakfast tickets are sold through the THS football team and are available for $8 each. Players and coaches will be selling tickets at the Tehachapi Farmer’s Market in downtown Tehachapi on Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm throughout June.
Another way to start the day is with the All-American 5k, beginning 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 www.tvrpd.org. The closing date for entries is June 30th.
The All-American 4th of July Festival begins at 11 a.m. in Central Park. At noon, the welcome by the mayor and the national anthem are planned.
Booths organized by the Tehachapi Valley Arts Association feature 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.”
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.
– Claudia Elliott