Oklahoma’s Five Best Ways to Spend Your Fourth of July

Oklahoma’s Five Best Ways to Spend Your Fourth of July

Independence Day is a time to celebrate the freedoms of America, as well as recognizing the history of the nation. (Photo provided by Pixabay.)

Fourth of July Weekend is rapidly approaching, and with it comes celebrations of fireworks, parades, cookouts and way too much food. All across the state of Oklahoma, in small towns and bigger cities, preparations are being made to make this year’s Fourth bigger and louder than the year before.

Coincidentally, then comes the all-important question of what to do with that precious weekend’s free-time and where to spend it. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered. Here are the top five things to do this Independence Day:

1.) Liberty Fest, Edmond, OK – For those that want to stay close to home this Fourth of July, you can’t do any better than Edmond’s own Liberty Fest. Started in 1976, Liberty Fest has grown into a week-long event featuring a rodeo, car show and one of Oklahoma’s most popular fireworks displays.

Starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30,, the UCO Summer Band will perform as part of Liberty Fest’s Concert in the Park at UCO. Following the concert there will be free watermelon and ice cream.

Starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 4 is the parade itself through downtown Edmond. Later that evening will be ParkFest at UCO on the UCO Campus starting at 6 p.m. ParkFest this year will include an obstacle course as well as carnival rides.

At the conclusion of ParkFest at UCO will be the fireworks finale of Liberty Fest scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free and more information can be found at  www.libertyfest.org.

2.) FreedomFest, Tulsa, OK – If you find yourself in the northeastern part of the state for the Fourth, your best bet is Tulsa’s FreedomFest. Celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, Freedom Fest boasts one of Oklahoma’s largest fireworks displays, as well as entertainment in multiple locations along the Arkansas River.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. on July 4 in Tulsa at Veterans Park and River West Festival Park with inflatables for kids and live music with food and beverage vendors. After sundown visitors will be treated to fireworks along the Arkansas River staged off the 21st Street Bridge.

Admission is free and be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs. For more information visit www.riverparks.org/freedomfest/.

3.) A Celebration in the Heartland, Moore, OK – The Moore/Norman area of the Metro has plenty to keep you busy for Fourth of July 2016. Most notably is the City of Moore’s A Celebration in the Heartland held at Buck Owens Park.

A Celebration in the Heartland will include activities for kids, including a children’s art tent, inflatables and giant sand pit. In addition, attendees can browse local arts and crafts vendors or taste wines from local wineries.

If you have a love for fair foods but can’t wait for Fall, you’re in luck. A Celebration in the Heartland will feature all of your favorite fairgrounds favorites such as indian tacos, funnel cakes and onion burgers.

The free event will conclude with a fireworks display at nightfall. More information can be found here on the City of Moore’s website.

4.) Watermelon Seed Spittin’ World Championship, Paul’s Valley, OK – The Watermelon Seed Spittin’ Championship is a perfect way to celebrate this year’s Fourth of July in an unusual fashion while taking in small town Oklahoma. A tradition in Paul’s Valley for over 50 years, the contest has become an internationally recognized event and even a Trivial Pursuit question.

Participants from six age-based categories will compete to try and break the record of 66 feet 11 inches held by Jack Dietz of Chicago. A record that has stood for almost 30 years.

Registration for the event begins at 6 p.m. and is free, but space is limited. Potential contestants can register at Thompson Field in Wacker Park.

5.) Yukon Freedom Fest, Yukon, OK – Yukon’s Freedom Fest is another great way to pass the time this Independence Day. Held at Yukon’s Chisolm Trail Park, this free all-day event includes live music, pony rides, and laser tag for kids.

Visitors can partake in the car show or hot dog eating contest and cool off with a swim at the City Splash Pool. Later that evening there will be a performance by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and a fireworks display starting at 10 p.m.

Admission to the event is free, and more information can be found at the City of Yukon website.

Now these are just a few of the ways to spend that extra Monday off, but remember that no matter how you choose to spend your Fourth of July this year, the key is to enjoy yourself while doing so.

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