Live music, salutes to veterans and, of course, fireworks will highlight Independence Day celebrations across Oklahoma.
Here is a roundup of Fourth of July festivities in some of the state's larger communities. For information on events in your area, call your local chamber of commerce.
In Oklahoma City,
the inaugural Red, White & Boom on the River
will offer live music, festival foods and giant inflatable toys Monday through Wednesday at Downtown Airpark, two miles south of Interstate 40 on Western. Fireworks will explode all three nights.
"It is a new venue; it was an airpark for several years,” said Chris Clifton, operations and marketing director for event organizer Brewer Entertainment. "It's 80.6 acres of wide open space located right on the river.”
The free event will feature local and national musicians in three distinctive genres. On Monday, gates open at 4 p.m. for the Rock and Roll Reunion on the River. The line-up will feature Mike Black and the Stingrays, The Hodads and others. Blood Sweat and Tears with guest Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night will headline.
Gates open at 4 p.m. Tuesday for Patriotic Pops on the River, featuring the Oklahoma City Philharmonic with guests Kelli O'Hara and Mike Eldred. The Philharmonic Brass Quintet, New Orleans Dixieland and The Mariachi Lopez also will perform.
Red Dirt on the River will be Wednesday, and Jack Ingram will headline. Gates open at 2 p.m., and 11 bands will play on two stages. For more information, call 236-4143.
The Centennial Bricktown Fourth of July
will be Wednesday at Sheridan and Oklahoma avenues. The event
will include an art exhibit along the Bricktown Canal from noon to 8 p.m., performances by children's dance and singing groups from 5 to 6 p.m., a hot-dog eating contest at 6 p.m. and live music from classic rock band Full Circle from 7 to 10 p.m. The event will not feature a parade this year, said Jim Cowan, Bricktown Association executive director.
The Oklahoma RedHawks will play the Nashville Sounds at 7:05 p.m., and fireworks will follow the game. For more information, call 236-8666.
Edmond's LibertyFest 2007
continues this weekend with events at various venues. The Miss Edmond Libertyfest scholarship pageant and a car show will be Saturday. A rodeo and kite-flying event will take place Saturday and Sunday. Sunday's line-up will include A Taste of Edmond, a sampling event featuring several restaurants, and a road rally.
A new LibertyFest activity, the Chalk It Up chalk drawing contest Tuesday, also will include clowns, karaoke and water games. The festival culiminates Wednesday with a parade, children's activities, live music by local band Ambiance and fireworks.
For more information, call 340-2527 or go online to www.libertyfest.com
Centennial Freedom Festival
will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Eldon Lyon Park, 7400 NW 39 Expressway in Bethany.
Festival-goers can follow the 10 a.m. parade from Southern Nazarene University to the park, where carnival rides, outdoor laser tag and fireworks will be among the activities.
People can participate in the "Oklahoma Idol” and "So You Think You Can Dance” contests.