From Carnivals to Fireworks, Celebrations Offer an Explosion of Family Fun
A multitude of events are planned across central Oklahoma this Independence Day. Following are a sampling of opportunities to help you plan a day trip (or longer) to attend a spectacular event that will get you and your family away from the television and exploring a new community. So put on some sunscreen (don’t forget the bug spray!), select an event that will keep the kids entertained for hours, then sit back and watch the night sky explode with brilliant firework displays.
Monday, July 4
Eldon Lyon Park
7400 NW 36th St.
This free, family-friendly, day-long event begins in the morning with pony rides, carnival rides, inflatables and games for the children. Eat classic fair food, visit vendor booths, listen to live bands and browse the car show. The night concludes with an impressive fireworks display. This annual tradition attracts over 20,000 people.
Blanchard’s Independence Celebration
6 p.m. Friday, July 1
Hwy 62 and NE 10th St.
Blanchard’s Independence Celebration features live music from the OKC Symphonic Band, Banana Seat (playing music from the 1960s and ’70s) and more. Go on a helicopter ride or take the children to the Kids Zone for the petting zoo, pony rides, inflatable toys and games. End the evening with a great fireworks display at about 10 p.m.
LibertyFest features a variety of family-oriented events, including a concert, road rally, kite fest, rodeo, car show, food fest, parade and, of course, fireworks. This week-long patriotic celebration, selected as one of the top 10 places to be in America on July 4th by CNN & USA Today, honors the birthday of the nation as well as the heritage of Oklahoma and draws an annual attendance of over 125,000, with over 100 entries.
Tribute to Liberty
6-10:30 p.m. Monday, July 4
Joe B. Barnes Regional Park
8700 E. Reno
Tribute to Liberty features food, music and a stunning fireworks display. The event begins at 6 p.m. with live musical entertainment by the band Hook. Pick up a hot dog, enjoy the company of family and friends, then stick around to watch the sky light up with a fireworks show at 9:45 p.m.
A Celebration in the Heartland
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday, July 4
Buck Thomas Park
1903 NE 12th St.
A Celebration in the Heartland features a variety of crafts, music, entertainment, children’s activities and fair food, and concludes with a spectacular fireworks display.
Norman Day Celebration
Monday, July 4
2501 Jenkins Ave.
Activities begin in the late afternoon with performances by a variety of bands until the fireworks display begins at 9:45 p.m. Also enjoy food booths and activities including a baby crawl, nickel finds, moon bounce and pony rides.
Red, White & Boom
8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3
State Fair Park
3001 General Pershing Blvd.
Grab some lawn chairs and bring the whole family out to the State Fair Park for Red, White & Boom, featuring a free concert presented by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Enjoy free parking, on-site concessions and breathtaking fireworks after dark.
4th of July Festival
Monday, July 4
Enjoy games, activities (including inflatables for the kids), live music and food. A magnificent fireworks display is set for dusk.
Freedom Fest 2016
4-11 p.m. Sunday, July 3
8 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday, July 4
Chisholm Trail Park and City Park
500 W. Vandament and 2200 S. Holly Ave.
July 3, Freedom Fest will feature a veteran’s tribute, followed by live music and a fireworks display. July 4 activities include a kids’ craft area, car show, parade, live bands and the Pork at the Park BBQ cook-off. Evening activities include free watermelon and ice cream, a hot dog-eating contest and a performance by the OKC Philharmonic. The evening concludes with a large fireworks display.