Kern River Valley prepped for Fourth of July weekend

Boaters are seen Thursday, June 29, 2017, on Isabella Lake, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Fourth of July celebrations are around the corner, and people in the Kern River Valley are making big plans.

They are hosting their annual Independence Day weekend firework celebration on Saturday. The show has been put on by the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce and local businesses for more than 25 years.

Steve Spradlin with the chamber said because of the show, their local economy will see a boost.

The fireworks are launched from Engineers Point, a designated safe location that keeps the fireworks at a distance from the trees and grass in the Sequoia National Forest.

"Out here in the middle of the lake, we are protected by at least a quarter to a half mile to the shore line," said Spradlin.

Lilly Mason with the chamber said they work with several different agencies planning the show for months.

"We work with the Forest Service, and we get permits from the Kern County Fire," said Mason.

This year, the fireworks show will cost more than $20,000. The chamber also plans to add a daytime festival to the list of events.

"We have such patriotism here in the Kern River Valley, so the Fourth of July is a time that we all love to come together and celebrate," said Mason.

Families have already started to stake out at the lake.

Camp host Mike Rostad said families have been parked out trying to secure a good spot for over a week.

"Tomorrow, there will be double and triple the lines of RVs parked out here," he said.

Preston White and his family have been coming to see the show in the sky for years, and he's excited for yet another celebration.

"It make me very happy," White said. "Over time, I come up here for Fourth of July, (and) I always make new friends and new memories."

The firework show will be held Saturday night at Isabella Lake. The festival will be at Tank Park from 10 a.m. to

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