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Happy Fourth of July! Here are 10 Oklahoma celebrations happening today!

by Brandy McDonnell Published: July 4, 2014
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Fireworks light up the sky above the Bricktown Canal. Photo provided
Fireworks light up the sky above the Bricktown Canal. Photo provided

A version of this story, which I co-wrote with the excellent Jessica Allison, appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman.

Get your Fourth on
Oklahomans can celebrate independence with festivities featuring food, music and plentiful fireworks.

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 4 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 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.

Boy Scouts march with flags during the annual LibertyFest Fourth of July Parade in downtown Edmond, OK, Thursday, July 4, 2013,  Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
Boy Scouts march with flags during the annual LibertyFest Fourth of July Parade in downtown Edmond, OK, Thursday, July 4, 2013, Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

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 week-long 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.

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic annually performs at Yukon Freedom Fest. Photo provided
The Oklahoma City Philharmonic annually performs at Yukon Freedom Fest. Photo provided

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 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.

Luke Ozment, 10 of Norman, races his brother on the bouncy castle obstacle course at Reaves Park in Norman on July 4, 2013 for Norman's annual Independence Day celebration. Photo by K.T. KING, The Oklahoman
Luke Ozment, 10 of Norman, races his brother on the bouncy castle obstacle course at Reaves Park in Norman on July 4, 2013 for Norman's annual Independence Day celebration. Photo by K.T. KING, The Oklahoman

Norman Day

The festivities begin at 4 p.m. Friday at Reave’s Park, 2501 Jenkins Ave., with music, food booths, a baby crawl, nickel find, moon bounces, pony rides and more. The celebration concludes with at 9:45 p.m. fireworks show. Information: www.visitnorman.com.

A 1937 Jaguar owned by David Davis is displayed at the 2011 Bethany Freedom Festival at Eldon Lyon Park in Bethany. Photo by Zach Gray, The Oklahoman Archive
A 1937 Jaguar owned by David Davis is displayed at the 2011 Bethany Freedom Festival at Eldon Lyon Park in Bethany. Photo by Zach Gray, The Oklahoman Archive

Bethany Freedom Festival

One of the longest-running and most enthusiastic festivals in the area is centered Friday at Eldon Lyon Park, NW 39th 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.

Cody Canada & The Departed will play the 2014 Drumright OilPatch Festival on Friday. Photo provided
Cody Canada & The Departed will play the 2014 Drumright OilPatch Festival on Friday. Photo provided

And five more …

If none of those festivals light your sparkler, here are five more July 4 festivities happening in various parts of the Sooner State that offer something a little different or extra:

Drumright OilPatch Festival

In the past few years, Sellers Ranch north of Drumright has become the place to hear homegrown country music on July 4, and this year, the ranch will host a “Red Dirt Reunion” featuring Cody Canada & The Departed, Red Dirt Rangers, Chuck Dunlap, Monica Taylor, Tom Skinner and more. Gates open at 11 a.m. Friday, and along with the music, the event will include a children’s fair area, classic cars and motorcycles, helicopter rides, and a variety of entertainers including clowns, stilt walkers, skydivers and jugglers. Information: www.facebook.com/DrumrightOilpatchFestival.

A firework lights up the Oklahoma sky. Photo provided
A firework lights up the Oklahoma sky. Photo provided

Mustang’s do-it-yourself fireworks fun

For a DIY celebration, head to Wild Horse Park at 1201 N Mustang Road. It is legal to light fireworks in Mustang through July 4, and residents will line the outskirts of the park at 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. to light noisemakers and rockets. Alcohol is prohibited. Information: 376-9365.

FREE WATERMELON
FREE WATERMELON

World Championship Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest in Pauls Valley

This 57th annual event, which was immortalized in the board game Trivial Pursuit, takes place annually in conjunction with Pauls Valley’s community July 4 celebration in Wacker Park, 100 W Paul Ave. Seed spitting contest registration starts at 5 p.m. Friday, with seed spitting starting at 6:30 p.m. Registration and admission are free. Prizes will be given for the winners in three different age divisions, but the trophy goes to longest spit in all categories. Information: 238-2555.

Moore, Wednesday July 4, 2013. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
Moore, Wednesday July 4, 2013. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

Celebration in the Heartland in Moore

There’s nothing youngsters like better than getting their toes and toys in the sand, and Moore’s 12-hour celebration Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. features an oversized children’s sandbox, along with a barrel train, inflatables, craft vendors, wineries and food booths at Buck Thomas Park, 1903 NE 12. In addition, everyone can show off their wheels in the open car, truck and motorcycle show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. OKC band Drive will play at 7 p.m., leading up to the massive fireworks display at dusk. Information: www.cityofmoore.com/celebration-heartland.

Dr. Irv Wagner leading his concert band at 2013's Tribute to Liberty in Midwest City. Photo provided.
Dr. Irv Wagner leading his concert band at 2013's Tribute to Liberty in Midwest City. Photo provided.

Tribute to Liberty in Midwest City

There’s something special about celebrating freedom just down the street from Tinker Air Force Base, where so many of our servicemen and women work daily to preserve our liberty. The Tribute to Liberty begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, Reno Avenue and Douglas Boulevard, with children’s activities and live music by acoustic duo ME. Dr. Irv Wagner’s Concert Band will give a patriotic performance at 8:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Information: midwestcityok.org.

-BAM


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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