The 12 central counties of Oklahoma, known as Frontier Country, are packed with many free Fourth of July celebrations for the whole family to enjoy during the holiday weekend.
Edmond boasts a week-long Independence Day celebration during LibertyFest from June 25-July 9 with 11 total events to excite, entertain and dazzle festival-goers. Festival events include a car show, chalk contest, concert, rodeo, parade and more. LibertyFest entertains an attendance of over 125,000 annually and is Oklahoma's largest hometown Fourth of July parade at 9 a.m. LibertyFest ParkFest begins at 6:30 p.m. on July 4 with inflatables, games, entertainment and the metro area’s largest fireworks display at 10 p.m.
Art in the Park: A Celebration in the Heartland is an outdoor festival for the whole family to enjoy July 3-4. This two-day event at Buck Thomas Park features a variety of food and entertainment including inflatables, children’s art tent with storytelling and performances, car show, carnival rides, craft vendors and live music. On July 4, the festival concludes with a spectacular fireworks display at dark.
Riverwind Casino hosts an Independence Day Celebration July 3. Enjoy an indoor, acoustic show with red-dirt country artists Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen inside the Showplace Theatre followed by a free and open-to-the-public fireworks show outside. Concert tickets range from $10 to $20 and the free fireworks show begins at dusk. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating during the fireworks show. Festivities kick off at 7 p.m. July 3.
See the Oklahoma City Philharmonic perform a free Patriotic Pops concert during Red, White & Boom July 3. Red, White & Boom features conductor Joel Levine and soloist Sandi Patty along with the Philharmonic Pops Chorale in the parking lot of the Coca Cola Event Center in Bricktown. Grounds open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8:30 p.m. with a Fireworks Spectacular at dark.
The Oklahoma Railway Museum features a special Independence Day Train Ride July 2. The train leaves Oakwood Depot at the museum at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for 15 years and up, $5 for 14 to 3 years and free for children 3 and under. Receive one dollar off with military ID.
Shawnee Twin Lakes 4th Annual Independence Day Boat Parade is July 4 at Shawnee Twin Lake #1. Bring chairs and refreshments and enjoy the annual Boat Parade from Glen Collins Memorial Park or Isaac Walton Park. Prizes will be awarded for Best Decorated Boat, Best Decorated Sailboat, and Best Decorated Personal Watercraft.
Join FireLake Grand Casino for the July 4th Spectacular featuring live music in the FireLake Grand Events Center at 7 p.m. and a fireworks show at 10 p.m.
Yukon hosts their annual Freedom Fest July 3-4 with several activities for the whole family. Freedom Fest activities begin at 5 p.m. July 3 at Chisholm Trail Park with live outdoor concerts by Mike Black & The Stingrays and Irv Wagner’s Concert Band. A fireworks show at 10 p.m. will pay tribute to American veterans.
Festivities on July 4 kick off at 8 a.m. with the annual Cherry Bomb Triathlon and Stars & Stripes Sand Volleyball Tournament. Throughout the day enjoy The Freedom Fest Car Show, Children’s Freedom Fest Parade, bicycle decorating contest, craft tents, play areas with moon bounces, swimming at City Splash and a variety of family activities and games. Evening events on July 4 at Chisholm Trail Park and Gazebo include The Rodeo Opry Show, free watermelon and ice cream, hot dog eating contest and more. The finale on July 4 features a free concert at the Gazebo by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at 8:30 p.m. with a fireworks show at 10 p.m.
Frontier Country Marketing Association, a 501-c6 organization, promotes the economic growth of the tourism industry in the 12 central counties of Oklahoma. For more information on these events or to request free travel guides and brochures, get coupons and see a full calendar of events, visit www.oktourism.com or call (800) 386-6552.
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