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June 27, 2014

Independence Day Celebrations in Central Oklahoma’s Frontier Country

CENTRAL OKLAHOMA — The 12 central counties of Oklahoma, known as Frontier Country, are packed with many special Fourth of July celebrations for the whole family to enjoy for free.

 

Edmond

Edmond boasts a week-long Independence Day celebration during LibertyFest from June 26-July 4 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 beginning at 9 a.m. on July 4 in downtown Edmond. That night, ParkFest begins at 6:30 p.m. on the UCO campus with inflatables, games, entertainment and the metro area’s largest fireworks display at 10 p.m. www.libertyfest.org

 

El Reno

Freedom Fest at Lake El Reno will feature outdoor, all-day fun for the whole family with activities including beach volleyball, swimming, fishing, boating and live music. Beginning at 6 p.m., take part in zip line activities, inflatables for the kids and live music. The spectacular fireworks display is set to music and will begin at dusk. www.elrenotourism.org

 

Moore

A Celebration in the Heartland is an outdoor festival for the whole family to enjoy from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4. This free event at Buck Thomas Park features a variety of food vendors and entertainment including inflatables, children’s tent, arts and crafts, car and bike show, wineries, sand volleyball tournament and live music. Festivities conclude with a fireworks display at dark. www.cityofmoore.com

 

Norman

Norman’s annual Norman Day Celebration is July 4 from 4-10:30 p.m. at Reave’s Park. The free event includes live bands, food booths, baby crawl, nickel find, moon bounces, pony rides and much more before fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. www.visitnorman.com

 

Oklahoma City

Join the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at State Fair Park on July 3 for an evening of popular and patriotic music as they perform a free concert during their annual Red, White & Boom celebration. Bring your lawn chairs for the outdoor concert on the Bandshell Stage beginning at 8:30 p.m. with conductor Joel Levine and guest starring vocalist Mike Eldred and narrator Ben Williams. A spectacular fireworks show begins at 10 p.m. Concessions will be available and gates open at 6:30 p.m. www.okcphilharmonic.org

 

The Bricktown 4th Fest begins at 4 p.m. on July 4 at the corner at Sheridan and Oklahoma. The fest includes live music, and of course, fireworks. Watch the magnificent fireworks display beginning at 9:30 p.m. from anywhere in Bricktown. Also catch an OKC RedHawks game that night beginning at 7:05 p.m. www.welcometobricktown.com

 

Seminole

The Seminole Chamber of Commerce hosts the 8th annual 4th of July Festival on July 4 from 4 to 10 p.m. at Seminole Municipal Park. The festival is a day of family fun including a food tent, games, inflatables, live music and concluding with a huge fireworks display. www.seminoleokchamber.org

 

Yukon

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 The Rodeo Opry and patriotic music by Irv Wagner’s Concert Band. Enjoy free frozen custard and a fireworks show that will pay tribute to American veterans at 10 p.m.

 

Festivities on July 4 kick off at 8 a.m. with the annual Cherry Bomb Triathlon and a sand art contest. Throughout the day enjoy a parade, car show, craft tent, inflatables, swimming at City Splash and a variety of family activities and games at City Park. Also enjoy live music and entertainment by the Roland Bowling Band, Mike Black and the Stingrays, and a BMX stunt show. Evening events on July 4 at Chisholm Trail Park and Gazebo include free watermelon and ice cream, live concert by Super Freak, 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. and concludes with a fireworks show at 10 p.m. www.cityofyukonok.gov

 

 

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 see a full calendar of events, visit www.oktourism.com or call (405) 232-6552.

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