This United States Declaration of Independence adopted on July 4th, 1776 is celebrated in many ways across our nation. When I say Our Nation, I’m talking to American Citizens that respect our flag, and what it stands for, our country, forefathers, and our constitution. Those of you that know this country has been defended and fought for since before the time it became an independent nation. As we enjoy this very special occasion, lets remember the great men who looked to God for the wisdom to structure our country, wrote the declaration, and our military who have upheld our independence.
Today is a start to a weekend full of activities to celebrate the 4th of July!
Edmond’s LibertyFest in Edmond, Oklahoma was selected as one of the top 10 places to be in America on July 4th by CNN & USA Today. It has been going on all week. Saturday, the 3rd, there is a parade in downtown Edmond at 9AM and the weeks festivities wind up Sunday, July 4th at the UCO Campus in Edmond, when Fireworks start at 10:00 pm. Go to http://www.libertyfest.org/mm5/merchant.mvc for more information.
The city of Yukon celebrates the nation’s birthday with a huge Freedom Fest event. With free admission to all events, the celebration includes two nights of fireworks displays, outdoor evening concerts, kid’s activities, a triathlon, volleyball tournament and more.
Bethany’s Freedom Festival takes place on Saturday, July 3rd this year and begins at 7:30 a.m. with the Centennial Freedom Run, but gates don’t open to the park until 11 a.m. The car show runs from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and musical entertainment starts at 5:30. One of the state’s largest fireworks displays begins at 9:55 p.m.
Oklahoma City’s Red, White & Boom begins July 3rd with plenty of live music on the Chevy Main Stage at the corner of Oklahoma and Sheridan avenues. Then, the OKC Philharmonic presents Patriotic Pops in the Coca-Cola Events Center parking lot. Joel Levine will conduct the concert and singer Mike Eldred will perform. On the 4th, there is more live music from Bricktown’s School of Rock performers. There are fireworks on both the 3rd and 4th.
Midwest City celebrates the nation’s birthday with a free annual event that features live music, park performers and fireworks display at dusk. Tribute to Liberty is held on July 4th, with music beginning at 6 p.m. and lasting until 10 p.m. The fireworks begin shortly after. It will be held at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, located near Reno Avenue and Midwest Boulevard.
There are a lot of things to do on the 4th of July in the Oklahoma City Metro area and most other places across the United States. Have a happy and safe celebration, but please remember what the fun is all about!