Celebrate Independence Day in Frontier Country - Central Oklahoma Frontier Country

Celebrate Independence Day in Frontier Country

Posted by Emily Reagan, public relations director on 06/24/2008

CENTRAL OKLAHOMA – Communities in central Oklahoma are celebrating America’s birthday with great fireworks displays, music concerts and family-friendly entertainment.

Venture to Frontier Country to enjoy these patriotic celebrations in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Yukon, El Reno, Shawnee, Chandler and Chickasha.

Red, White and Boom “on the River” in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City’s Bricktown is a hot spot for July Fourth. A free, two-day festival of American spirit includes plenty of music concerts and Oklahoma’s largest fireworks display. Red, White and Boom “on the River” runs July 3 to 4 at the Downtown Airpark. Admission is free and on-site parking is $5.

On July 3, the fest includes a free public concert, Patriot Pops “on the River,” by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Live music starts at 6 p.m. and the philharmonic with maestro Joel Levine, featuring Destan Owens, starts at 8: 45 p.m. The fireworks display begins with the philharmonic’s last number at about 10 p.m.

On July 4 starting at 5 p.m., there’s continuous live music by Hosty Duo, AJ. Johnson and Why not, Dan Danger Band and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Another fireworks display kicks off at 10 p.m. right after the Oklahoma RedHawks game. For more information, visit www.bricktownokc.com or call 405- 236-4143.

Also, show your true colors on the Fourth of July by visiting the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Anyone wearing red, white and blue gets free admission to the Crystal Bridge. Explore a forest of rare and exotic tropical plants and animals in the new summer exhibit, “Passport to Plants.” Then enjoy a beautiful outside landscape of gardens and waterways in the midst of downtown Oklahoma City. For more information, visit www.myriadgardens.com or call 405-297-3995.

LibertyFest in Edmond

Named “one of the top 10 places to be in America on July Fourth” by CNN and “USA Today,” LibertyFest in Edmond will have 11 festival events in five days starting June 26. Festival events include a car show, synchronized and lighted kite festival, rodeo, food festival, road rally, a fun family chalk event and more.

On July 4, see Oklahoma’s largest hometown July Fourth parade with more than 100 entries including floats, marching groups, bands, classic and antique cars, and clowns. The parade starts at 8:45 a.m. and follows a downtown Edmond route. At 5 p.m., Parkfest kicks off at the University of Central Oklahoma Campus with games, activities, food and music entertainment and fantastic fireworks at 10 p.m.

For the entire event lists, times and locations, visit www.libertyfest.org or call 405-340-2527.

Red, White, and Blue Celebration in Shawnee

Shawnee, just 25 miles east of Oklahoma City, offers several great opportunities for enjoying the July Fourth. The City of Shawnee shows its American pride with a bang during the Red, White and Blue Celebration at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo. At 7:30 p.m., bring a lawn chair, sit back and enjoy a free outdoor concert by bluegrass band Cadillac Sky and country artist Stephanie Renee. At 10 p.m., the grand finale of colorful fireworks starts with 3-D glasses available for $1 to view the show in a whole new dimension.

Also in Shawnee, the FireLake Grand Casino holds its Fireworks Spectacular with cash giveaways, specials on food, live entertainment and a fireworks show. The free event begins at noon and runs through 10:30 p.m.

Freedom Fest 2008 in Yukon

Yukon’s annual Freedom Fest is July 3 to 4 at the Chisholm Trail Park and Yukon City Park. On July 3, the City of Yukon hosts a Tribute to Yukon Veterans at the Chisholm Trail Park Gazebo at 7 p.m. with entertainment by Mike Black and the Stingrays from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. The event is followed by brass concert by Irv Wagner’s Concert Band at 8:15 p.m. and a fireworks display.

On July 4, the fest continues with many activities for the whole family, including a car show, craft tents, children’s parade, moon bounces, games, free swimming, free watermelon and ice cream, hot dog eating contest and food vendors. There are performances by Rodeo Opry from 5 to 8 p.m. and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at 8:30 p.m. with a second fireworks display at dusk. Call 405-350-8937 for event details.

Fourth of July Celebration in Chandler

Chandler’s July Fourth Celebration begins with a 5K run at 7:30 a.m. at Bell Cow Lake. The festivities begin at noon with turtle races, stick horse races and tricycle races at Tilghman Park in downtown Chandler. There will also be food vendors, a youth singing contest and a fireworks display in the evening. Call 405-258-0673 for more information.

Freedom Family Fun Festival in Chickasha

The Freedom Family Fun Festival is held 3 to 10 p.m. in Shannon Springs Park in Chickasha. The free, family-friendly event features arts and crafts, a variety of food vendors, swimming, rock wall climbing, an outdoor concert with local musicians and other activities for the children. The fireworks display begins at dusk. Call 405-224-0787 for event details.

El Reno Fireworks Displays

The City of El Reno is hosting a big fireworks display at dusk July 5 at Lake El Reno. The event is free and open to the public. Use Parkview Drive to get access to the lake. For details, call 405-262-4070. A second fireworks display is July 4 at the Lucky Star Casino.

Central Oklahoma’s Frontier Country is full of special exhibitions, festivals and tourist activities. Plan summer getaways, create itineraries, request free brochures and download money-saving “Trips on a Tank Full” summer coupons at www.oktourism.com or call 800-FUN-OKLA.

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Contact: Emily Reagan, public relations director

Telephone: 405-232-6552

E-mail: [email protected]