The thousands of people who celebrated at The Park at River Walk’s July 4th event left a huge mess to clean up. Bakersfield Parks Director Diane Hoover says crews held their own cleaning and emptying trash until midnight, but when they returned Thursday morning at about 5:30 they found trash everywhere, and the bathrooms trashed. Hoover says it’s been a mammoth task but things should be back to normal by about noon Friday.

David Martin