Like Americans across this great land, Oklahomans will celebrate the 238th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence Friday with tasty food, festive music and plenty of bombs bursting in air.
We’re highlighting here five of the Oklahoma City metro area’s top July Fourth celebrations, but practically every city and town of any size hosts its own Independence Day festivities. For more Fourth of July celebrations, call your local government or go to www.TravelOK.com.
Bricktown 4th Fest
Live music, fireworks and baseball — three essential things for celebrating America’s birthday — will be offered Friday night in Bricktown. The fun begins at 4 p.m. at the corner of Sheridan and Oklahoma, with a RedHawks game at 7:05 p.m. and a fireworks show at 9:30. Live music from Oil Boom, Hosty Duo, Good Culture and more is planned from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Information: www.welcometobricktown.com or www.bricktown4thfest.com.
LibertyFest in Edmond
Start your Independence Day celebration early Friday with the LibertyFest parade at 9 a.m. in downtown Edmond. Then, celebrate the conclusion of Edmond’s weeklong festival with ParkFest at 6:30 p.m., with inflatables, games and free watermelon while supplies last at the University of Central Oklahoma campus, 100 N University Drive. What’s billed as the metro area’s largest fireworks display blasts off at 10 p.m. Information: www.libertyfest.org.
Yukon Freedom Fest
The games begin at 8 a.m. Friday at Yukon City Park, 2200 S Holly, with the annual children’s Cherry Bomb Triathlon and sand art contest, followed by a children’s parade, car show, craft tent, inflatables, swimming at City Splash and other family activities. Evening festivities shift to Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W Vandament, and include live music by Super Freak at 5:30 p.m., free watermelon and ice cream served at 7 p.m., an outdoor performance by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at 8:30 p.m., and a fireworks show at 10 p.m. Information: www.cityofyukonok.gov.
The festivities begin at 4 p.m. Friday at Reaves Park, 2501 Jenkins Ave., with music, food booths, a baby crawl, nickel find, inflatables, pony rides and more. The celebration concludes with a 9:45 p.m. fireworks show. Information: www.visitnorman.com.
Bethany Freedom Festival
One of the longest-running and most enthusiastic festivals in the area is centered Friday at Eldon Lyon Park, NW 39 between Council and Rockwell. The parade begins at 10 a.m., the annual car show runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the fireworks display, one of the state’s largest pyrotechnics events, begins at 9:55 p.m. The event also includes pony rides, inflatables and live music. Information: www.cityofbethany.org.
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