Edmond’s annual Fourth of July festival, will be bringing back the old favorites and will be adding a few new wrinkles this year — all planned to provide good times and memories for those attending the city’s upcoming Independence Day celebrations.
From Saturday, June 22 through Wednesday, July 6, LibertyFest is one of the top places to be for the Fourth of July, as a celebration of not only the United States but also of Oklahoma’s heritage. This year’s theme is “Snapshots of Freedom.”
Averaging an annual attendance of 125,000 people and growing every year, LibertyFest is made possible through the efforts of more than 500 dedicated volunteers, with events, activities, and fun for something for every member of the family — moms, dads, kids and even old Uncle Sam.
Among the festival events are the LibertyFest Car Show, LibertyFest Kite Fest, LibertyFest Rodeo, LibertyFest Road Rally, A Taste of Edmond and Wagner’s Carnival. There’s also a fireworks display, a Concert in the Park, the annual 4th of July LibertyFest Parade, and the many activities making up ParkFest.
4th of July LibertyFest Parade:
July 4th at 8:45 a.m. the “Moving Show” begins at the University of Central Oklahoma. It’s expected to arrive in Downtown Edmond around 9 a.m. Pre-staging begins at 6 a.m. for those who are participating. Over 50,000 spectators have lined the parade route which includes bands, floats, military groups and more.
The entries are entertaining, patriotic, family oriented and crowd pleasing. Cars will not be able to park on Broadway from 2nd street to Ayers.
June 22 - Miss LibertyFest cancelled this year
After careful consideration, the pageant board has decided to not hold the Miss Edmond LibertyFest and Miss Edmond LibertyFest’s Outstanding Teen competition this year due to time constraints during the next year. Although the event happens in one evening, the titleholders work throughout the year in their community and to prepare for the opportunity to become Miss Oklahoma and Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen. The pageant board said it loves being a part of the LibertyFest organization and plans to be a part of it in 2020.
June 27 - Concert in the Park
The one hour event will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) at 7:30 near Buddy’s Cafeteria.
The UCO Summer Band concert will feature a mixture of light classics, marches and patriotic music, Brian Lamb UCO Wind Symphony conductor and conductor of the Summer Band said.
The Summer Band is a joint project of LibertyFest and the UCO School of Music to provide a quality band experience for area high school, college and community members. The band consists of 88 members.
Lamb said the weekly rehearsals of this volunteer group provide a musical outlet for band members during the summer.
Following the concert the audience will be treated to free watermelon and ice cream.
“The UCO Summer Band has been a popular event on the UCO campus for 66 years, being one of UCO’s longest running musical traditions,” June Cartwright, publicity coordinator for the LibertyFest planning committee said. “Since the days of John Phillip Sousa people have enjoyed concerts of military marches and patriotic music, especially on the Fourth of July.”
Lamb said the Summer Band features several generations of members.
“People show up based on tradition,” Lamb said. “Now, we have second and third generations playing in the Summer Band with their parents or grandparents.”
Lamb said the Concert in the Park garners large crowds every summer. He said it is important to keep the tradition going with new generations.
“Younger families keep moving into Edmond and we want them to know about this,” he said.
Jun 28, 29 - Rodeo
To paraphrase Vern Gosdin, this ain’t LibertyFest’s first rodeo — in fact, 2019 marks the 51st annual rodeo.
Bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and more will be held for fans, friends and families, all the while, honoring and promoting the western heritage.
The Liberty Fest Rodeo is an International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) sanctioned event.
Festivities begin at 8 p.m. both nights and tickets are $10 for adults (12 and older) and $5 for children (11 and under). This event will be at the Carle Benne Arena at 300 North Kelly.
June 29 - Car Show
It’s time for the annual LibertyFest Car Show, an event that’s as classic as a 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS.
Sponsored by Citizens Bank of Edmond, the annual LibertyFest Car Show will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1034 S. Bryant (Hafer Park) in Edmond.
Every year, cars are entered and judged separately in respective classes — by decade, make or specialty group — and trophies are awarded to the first place and runner-up in each class, with special sponsor trophies being awarded, as well as a “Best in Show.”
Camaros, muscle cars, street rods, convertibles, foreign and domestic cars and motorcycles are only a few of the cars that will be on display.
While supplies last, all Car Show entrants are recipients of a free T-shirt and dash plaque. Door prizes, a 50/50 pot and other surprises are in store for this unique event. The public is encouraged to come out and enjoy this large rally of vintage and contemporary cars.
For more information, contact Bob at 918-478-8100 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration (with fee) may be mailed to: LibertyFest Car Show, 13609 Scott Street, Edmond, OK 73013-7448. Credit and debit cards will be accepted.
June 29, 30 - KiteFest
With activities, demonstrations, and of course, kite flying to be done, this event will lift its attendees higher than a Prism E3 on a windy day.
LibertyFest Kite Fest will be held Saturday June 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday June 30 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free-to-attend.
The 2019 Kite Fest will be held at the far west side of Mitch Park on KiteFest Lane, with kites to be flown between mile roads Covell and Coffee Creek on North Santa Fe. Team demonstrations by experienced kiters will be held, with two-line kites flown in synchronized figures and patterns. These will be flown by up to more than three experienced kiters.
For the newcomer, kite-making will be introduced and those participating will get the opportunity to fly their own kite. For those with a little more practice, several Master Class kiters will be demonstrating the latest in flying techniques and new kites.
All attendees are welcome to bring their own kite, or just come and enjoy the display. Small sled kites will be available to all children, with kites of various sizes, colors and designs to be available for purchase from a local vendor.
Saturday activities will include a silent auction, for those bidding on a kite, or kite-related items. Saturday after sundown, kiters will return for a “night fly,” during which lights are placed on the two-lined kites and flown together in patterns — described as an unforgettable experience for those who have never witnessed it.
For more information, contact Terry Officer at 405-341-5477.
June 30 - Road Rally
For those unfamiliar with the LibertyFest Road Rally, organizers describe the event like a “scavenger hunt on wheels.”
The event will start at Earl’s Rib Palace. Contestants are given instructions, driving directions and questions. They then set loose in Edmond, on a two-hour course that will take them on a tour of the city, answering questions along the way.
Road Rally officials will record the time and vehicle mileage on competitor’s Road Rally Answer Sheets.
The car with the highest number of correct answers and having the closest time and mileage to the designated ideal time and mileage will be declared the event winner.
Road Rally entrants are encouraged to bring a clipboard and something to write with and to keep in mind that this is a timed event, not a race. As such, finishing too quickly can be just as costly as finishing too slowly.
There must be a minimum of two people per vehicle — one person to drive, and the other, to navigate.
The first vehicle departs at 11 a.m., but participants may leave between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Trophies will be awarded to the top ten finishers with the height scores as well as for last place. Road Rally answers and trophy presentations will be at 5 p.m. Event competitors are asked to park next to Earl’s Rib Palace and to bring chairs. The event ends at 6 p.m. and
DWTA will be making helicopter rides available during this event.
Registration for LibertyFest’s Road Rally is 10 a.m. Sunday, June 30 at Earl’s Rib Palace, 2121 S. Broadway. The entrance fee is $10 per vehicle.
June 30 - A taste of Edmond
From “mom and pop” eateries to five-star restaurants, Edmond has no shortage of culinary delights for all tastes.
With a diverse array of traditional, eclectic, and one-of-a-kind restaurants and gastrointestinal experiences to be had, Edmond has the eats for every foodie out there — and for every foodie out there, there is A Taste of Edmond. The event takes place at the Festival Market Place at 26 W. First.
The primary fundraiser for LibertyFest, A Taste of Edmond allows attendees to sample some of the more unique tastes and flavors that the city has to offer.
For a $20 donation (less if paid in advance), A Taste of Edmond attendees will receive a wristband which allows them to sample food from numerous restaurants in the Festival Market Place. Participants this year are still being added to the list, but last year, more than 30 restaurants were featured.
Taste of Edmond wristbands may be purchased online through June 26, with the wristbands to be mailed to purchasers, or they are also available from a select group of vendors and event supporters. Children may participate for free with a paying adult.
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July 3 to 6 - Wagner’s Carnival
Offering something for kids of all ages, Wagner’s Carnival includes classic childhood favorites like the Merry-Go-Round, Tea Cups and Ferris Wheel, as well as the faster thrill rides like the Zipper, the Hurricane and the Kamikaze.
The carnival will include several games of luck or skill, with prizes and bragging rights at stake. Those attending are asked to bring their sweet tooth for funnel cakes, cotton candy and other treats available.
Wagner’s Carnival boasts more than 30 different attractions to enjoy, even for past visitors. There’s always something new to be found at this family-friendly Edmond tradition.
Carnival hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 4, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 5 and 2 to10 p.m. Saturday, July 6.
July 4 - ParkFest
This event will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Mitch Park, 1501 West Covell Rd.
ParkFest activities will include a 60′ inflatable obstacle course, Cars 21′ double lane slide, Cliff Jump, Wipe Out, and Mickey Park Playland, food trucks, music, face painting and free watermelon.
ParkFest was previously held at the University of Central Oklahoma, but was moved last year to Mitch Park.
Terry Officer, president of Libertyfest, said ParkFest is a family-friendly event situated between the downtown parade and fireworks show.
“It is a traditional event that is designed for the kids to have fun,” he said. “That is what ParkFest is all about.”
July 4 - Fireworks
Thursday at 9:30 p.m. E.C. Hater Park, located at 1034 S. Bryant, will host the fireworks display. The park will be closed, but fireworks will be visible to throughout the area.
Patrons can listen to the fireworks celebration on KZUC 99.3 FM UCentral Radio. The fireworks will be synchronized to the music.
“LibertyFest fireworks is the grand finale of our festival,” June Cartwright, publicity chairman for LibertyFest said. “It’s the largest fireworks display in the metro area featured as being among the top 10 in the nation by CNN and USA Today.”
Cartwright said the fireworks show is provided by ARC Pyrotechnics.
“You will want to bring a blanket or lawn chair; sit back and enjoy the fireworks,” she said.
LibertyFest entertains an attendance of more than 125,000 annually and is organized and produced by a group of over 500 volunteers.
Terry Officer, president of LibertyFest, said the fireworks display is one of the most anticipated events of LibertyFest every year.
“It is one of the oldest events, and one of the most talked about events in LibertyFest,” Officer said. “Last year I watched the fireworks with a large group of people from Spring Creek Assembly of God Church on 15th Street. Everybody loved it.”
For more information about LibertyFest, visit www.libertyfest.org.