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What to do in Oklahoma on July 4, 2012: Celebrate Independence Day!

by Brandy McDonnell Published: July 4, 2012
Kix Brooks will perform tonight at Drumight's Summer Oil Patch Festival. (AP file)
Kix Brooks will perform tonight at Drumight's Summer Oil Patch Festival. (AP file)

Happy Fourth of July! You have plenty of festivities to choose from around Oklahoma if you fancy a party today:

The center for family fun at Yukon’s Freedom Fest is Yukon City Park at 2200 S Holly, with concerts taking place at Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W Vandament. Beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Freedom Fest rolls out the annual “Cherry Bomb Triathlon,” a car show, a children’s parade, a “best decorated bicycle” contest for kids, a sand volleyball tournament and a hot dog eating contest. Also included are performances by the Roland Bowling Band and Mike Black and the Stingrays. Freedom Fest culminates with a 5 p.m. concert by Superfreak, followed by an 8:30 p.m. patriotic concert by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic with Elk City native and 1981 Miss America Susan Powell and fireworks. Information:

Norman’s 37th Annual Norman Day Celebration on Wednesday is a unique kind of patriotic party. Norman Day, which takes place beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Reaves Park, 2501 Jenkins, features inflatable games, pony rides and baby crawl races, followed by performances from John Arnold Band at 5 p.m., Banana Seat at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Information:

Edmond’s annual LibertyFest is a weeklong celebration of Americana and family-friendly activities. While the past week of LibertyFest included a car show, a kite-flying event and a patriotic performance by the UCO Summer Band, the crowning glory of the festival comes at 9 a.m. Wednesday as the LibertyFest Parade, a 1.5-mile cavalcade of bands, floats and marching groups, winds its way through downtown Edmond. At 6:30 p.m., the University of Central Oklahoma is the location for an evening of food, music, rides and games, followed by a fireworks display at sundown. Information:

One of the longest-running and most enthusiastic festivals in the area is under way in Bethany with the Freedom Festival. This event, in its 54th year, begins with pony rides, inflatable bouncing, carnival rides and games at Eldon Lyon Park, NW 39th between Council and Rockwell. On Wednesday, the parade begins at 10 a.m., the annual car show runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the fireworks display, one of the state’s largest pyrotechnics events, begins at 9:55 p.m. Information:

Moore hosts its 18th Annual Art in the Park: A Celebration in the Heartland, featuring live entertainment with crafts, food, carnival rides, car show and children’s activities, from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Musical performances include Johnny Lee at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Bad Monkey at 7 p.m. Wednesday, followed by fireworks. Information:

Midwest City‘s annual Tribute to Liberty event features live music from Hook at 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by fireworks, at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, near Reno and Midwest Boulevard. Information:

Bulls will provide the booms at the Guthrie Cowboy Church Bull Bash, a bull-riding fundraiser benefitting the church’s youth group. Top-notch bull-riding talent and bucking bovines are expected to participate in the event, starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Tyler Blount Memorial Arena, 234 Fairgrounds Road. Information: (580) 370-6541.

In conjunction with Pauls Valley’s July 4 festivities and fireworks show, the community’s famed Watermelon Seed Spittin’ World Championship is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson Field in Wacker Park. The event has been immortalized in the original edition of “Trivial Pursuit,” “The Guinness Book of World Records” and “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.” The celebration also will include a cookout, live music and fireworks. Information:

Kix Brooks, formerly of superstar country duo Brooks & Dunn, along with Oklahoma musicians Shawna Russell, LiveWire, Flat River Band and the Red Dirt Rangers, will perform at Drumright’s Summer Oil Patch Festival Wednesday at the Sellers Ranch north of Drumright. The free, family-friendly concert will feature a children’s fair area, entertainers such as skydivers and magicians and a huge fireworks display at dusk. Gates open at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Information: (918) 352-2443.

Tulsa FreedomFest will include a wide variety of live music, family activities, a bicycle parade, a street dance party and more all day Wednesday at River West Festival Park, Veterans Park, Blue Rose Café/Elwood’s and 31 and Riverside. Information:

Stillwater’s Boomer Blast will feature live entertainment, inflatables, wakeboard and wake-skate competitions and a fireworks show at dusk Wednesday at Boomer Lake Park. Information:

In Durant, Choctaw Casino Resort, 4418 Highway 69/75, is planning a fireworks show Wednesday night, along with a series of special live performances from Wednesday-July 7, including a concert by country music superstar Randy Travis and a sold-out show by comedian Jeff Dunham. Information:

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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