Parades, fireworks, live music and plenty of food are among the offerings on Thursday as communities across the metro stage their annual July 4 celebrations.
Bethany Freedom Festival, Eldon Lyon Park, 7400 NW 36, 10 a.m. Thursday. Parade, carnival, car show, fireworks in the evening. Information: www.cityofbethany.org.
LibertyFest Parade begins at 9 a.m. Thursday in downtown. ParkFest, offering free watermelon, music, games and contests, starts at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Central Oklahoma. The fireworks display starts at 10 p.m. on the UCO campus. People are asked to bring blankets or lawn chairs. No pets or ice chests allowed.
Fireworks display Thursday at Lake El Reno near Elm Street and Country Club Road at dusk, music and food before the display. Information: 262-8687.
Independence Day celebration, Downtown Park, 100 N Main Street. Parade, horseback rides, food vendors, free concert at 7 p.m. Information: 375-4445.
Tribute to Liberty, Thursday, Joe B Barnes Park, 8700 E Reno Ave. Live music, fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Information: 739-1293.
Celebration in the Heartland, Thursday, Buck Thomas Park, 1903 NE 12; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with fireworks at dark; food vendors, inflatables, arts and crafts, open car, truck and bike show, sand volleyball tournament. Banana Seat will perform at 7 p.m. at the south pavilion. Information: www.cityofmoore.com.
Norman Day Celebration, Thursday, Reaves Park, 2501 Jenkins Ave. Activities begin in late afternoon with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Events include food booths, baby crawl, nickel find, inflatables, pony rides, watermelon feed and live music. Information: 321-1600.
Freedom Fest, Thursday, Yukon City Park and Chisholm Trail Park; Children's parade, free swimming, car show, sand volleyball tournament, live music, free watermelon and ice cream at Chisholm Trail Park, fireworks at dusk. Information: 350-8937.