featured graphic for July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular 2020 at Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos. Photo by Crystal Housman courtesy of California National Guard.

Joint Forces Training Base, local community celebrate Independence Day with a bang

Regina Cook and her husband, retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Charles Cook, watch fireworks from their convertible, July 4, 2020, on Los Alamitos Army Airfield during the Drive-Up 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California. The annual event, which is organized by the cities of Los Alamitos and Seal Beach but hosted on the base, underwent several modifications this year to provide a safe location for community members to celebrate Independence Day while also maintaining social distancing and other precautions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Crystal Housman)
Regina Cook and her husband, retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Charles Cook, watch fireworks from their convertible. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Crystal Housman)

Visitors packed Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos for the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on Independence Day. Every person in every vehicle underwent a temperature check at the gate before being admitted to the base.

The JFTB played host to one of the few official fireworks displays in the area after the State of California issued shutdown orders to most City-sponsored displays in order to discourage the spread of COVID-19. The City of Lakewood, for instance, was forced to cancel its three July 3rd shows scattered across the city in order to comply with the order, despite intensive efforts to ensure public health and safety.

Fortunately, the show at the Joint Forces Training Base was able to go ahead, as the Base is on property owned by the federal government (the Army Corps of Engineers, specifically) and is therefore not subject to State mandates. Visitors were able to watch the show from their vehicles, with many actually sitting on top of their vehicles to get a better view while still maintaining proper social distancing. The annual event, which is organized by the cities of Los Alamitos and Seal Beach but hosted on the base, underwent several modifications this year to provide a safe location for community members to celebrate Independence Day while also maintaining social distancing and other precautions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The show was supplemented by less officially-sanctioned displays from nearby neighborhoods (fireworks, even those considered “safe and sane,” are prohibited in Los Alamitos).

Fireworks from a nearby neighborhood burst in the sky as the moon rises, July 4, 2020, as seen from Los Alamitos Army Airfield before the Drive-Up 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California. The annual event, which is organized by the cities of Los Alamitos and Seal Beach but hosted on the base, underwent several modifications this year to provide a safe location for community members to celebrate Independence Day while also maintaining social distancing and other precautions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Crystal Housman)
Fireworks from a nearby neighborhood burst in the sky as the moon rises. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Crystal Housman)

Featured Photo: Spectators watch fireworks explode in the sky, July 4, 2020, on Los Alamitos Army Airfield during the Drive-Up 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California. Photo by Crystal Housman, California National Guard.