Five Festive Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in OKC

Make plans now for a fabulous family-friendly 4th of July! We have scouted out the metro’s top Independence Day festivities, guaranteed to help your family get festive, enjoy fireworks and feed your patriotic spirit. These events run through July 5 so mark your calendars now and have a fantastic Independence Day.


Edmond’s LibertyFest consists of 10 events leading up to Independence Day, attended by more than 125,000 people each year. But don’t let the numbers scare you away—this annual event is a week-long celebration with events to excite and entertain people of all ages in venues across the city. Selected as one of the Top 10 places to be in America on July 4th by CNN and USA Today, LibertyFest will give your family many opportunities to celebrate our nation’s birthday and experience the cultural richness of our state.

​LibertyFest features several events like the Concert in the Park, Cardboard Boat Regatta and LibertyFest Car Show. The Cardboard Boat Regatta features handcrafted, decorated cardboard boats that race until the last boat sinks. Prizes are given for best original design, best construction, best team spirit, most dramatic sinking and more. There is a $5 per vehicle park entry fee for spectators. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and arrive early to get a good spot to catch all the fun, boat-sinking action! The LibertyFest Car Show offers a look at classic and specialty cars, music and food. Other great events happening at this summer festival include KiteFest, a LibertyFest Rodeo and the iconic LibertyFest Parade. See our calendar listing for more details about this spectacular event.

Bethany Freedom Festival

The Bethany Freedom Festival presents all-day fun for families with pony rides, a parade, inflatables, carnival rides, games, festival food and of course plenty of fireworks. This annual event blows visitors and locals away with a celebration complete with live entertainment and plenty of summer fun. See our calendar listing for more details on this event.

Yukon’s Freedom Fest

Yukon’s Freedom Fest celebrates Independence Day with live music, patriotic performances, a children's parade and more. Visit this unique all-day event for non-stop summer fun. The highlight of this annual event is free watermelon and ice cream served to all guests just before a festive fireworks show. 

Stars & Stripes River Festival

The SandRidge Energy Stars & Stripes River Festival happening in the Boathouse District near downtown Oklahoma City is an Independence Day-themed event featuring a variety of free activities for the entire family, plus live music and evening fireworks. RIVERSPORT Adventure and Extreme passes will be on sale, offering access to the SandRidge Sky Trail adventure course and the new Sky Zip, a zip line that runs 700 feet across the Oklahoma River and back.

On the water, see impressive demonstrations and races. Boats will take to the river for Stars & Stripes Regatta regional competition, dragon boat racing and a friendly competitions for paddlers of all skill levels like Paddle for the Cure. As the sun sets, racing continues with OGE NightSprints and PaddleFest Dragon Boat Festival, topped off with live music and fireworks.

Food trucks will be on site and musical entertainment will begin on the festival stage during the OGE NightSprints. The evening will conclude with a fireworks show at the conclusion of racing. For additional information, see our calendar listing.

Red, White & Boom

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic presents the Red, White & Boom! annual concert to the delight of Independence Day celebrators. This impressive family-friendly concert is performed alongside a festive fireworks show that is the ultimate display of patriotism. Learn more about this event on our calendar listing.

Looking for more for fireworks fun? Be sure to check our online Independence Day Fun Guide for more locations and events.


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