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10 Reasons to Celebrate Independence in Edmond

by Maggie Murdock-Nichols

Edmond’s award-winning LibertyFest Fourth of July Festival is more than just a day of celebration. The festivities include 10 family-friendly events kicking off on June 24 with a Car Show and ending July 4 with the grand finale fireworks.

This celebration is produced by community volunteers and partners to commemorate America’s birthday and to honor the heritage and traditions of Oklahoma.

1. Car Show 

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24 at Hafer Park

FREE

Take a stroll through the decades in Edmond’s Hafer Park. The 16th Annual LibertyFest Car Show is free and open to the public! Cars will be judged and awarded by decade, make and specialty. Entry for cars is $15 in advance and $20 day of. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment and celebrate the classic vehicles of a bygone era. 

 

2. Scholarship Pageant 

Teen Pageant at 3 p.m., Miss Pageant at 7 p.m. June 24 at Santa Fe High School, 1901 W. 15th St.

Tickets are $15

The LibertyFest Scholarship Pageant will include a Miss Competition for contestants between ages 17 and 24, a Teen Competition for ages 13 to 17 and a Little Sister Program for girls between ages 4 and 12. See the winners be crowned before they appear at the Road Rally and the Taste of Edmond for photo opportunities.

 

3. Rodeo 

8 p.m. June 24 & 25 at Carl Benne Arena, 300 N. Kelly 

$10 adults (12 & over); $5 for children (11 & under)

Watch a classic rodeo from the edge of your seat with two nights of events like bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping. 

 

4. Kite Fest

4:30 p.m. and a lighted night flight at sundown on June 24, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25. West side of Mitch Park, 1501 W. Covell Rd.

FREE

Kites will paint the north Edmond sky at LibertyFest’s Kite Fest! Novice to professional, all are welcome to fly a kite or just join in as a spectator for team demonstrations, synchronized sky dances, two and four line kites, specialized kites and advance techniques. Kites will be provided for children who want to join in on the fun. Kites will also be available for purchase. The night flight will go on as wind and weather permit. 

 

5. Concert in the Park 

7:30 p.m. June 29 at UCO near Buddy’s cafeteria, 610 E. Ayers

FREE

The University of Central Oklahoma’s summer band will provide patriotic entertainment in the park as they have for more than six decades! The concert will features classics, marches and patriotic tunes. The one-hour music display will appeal to all. The band includes members from area high schools, college students and community members. Following the concert, the audience will be treated to free watermelon and ice cream.

 

6. A Taste of Edmond

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 2 at Edmond Festival Market Place, 30 W. 1st

$12 in advance, $17 at the door, children under 10 are free. Volunteers receive free entry.

Since the first event was hosted in 1991, hungry guests have enjoyed the local flavor of Edmond restaurants at the Taste of Edmond. A living restaurant guide, travel throughout the marketplace to try local, traditional, innovative and international flavors offered by Edmond’s diverse restaurant community. Drinks will be provided, too.

 

7. Road Rally 

Registration starts at 10 a.m., event starts at 11 a.m. and closing ceremony starts at 5 p.m. July 2 at Earl’s Rib Palace, 2121 S. Broadway 

$10 per vehicle

Stay out of the heat and enjoy family time at the Road Rally, a scavenger hunt on wheels. Instructions, driving directions and questions will be distributed at Earl’s Rib Palace. A driver and at least one navigator is required; though the more eyes in the car, the better! A good sense of direction, logic, common sense and sense of humor will all come into play along the guided course. The event is not a race and street laws apply. The course will stay in Edmond and take no more than two hours. The car with the most correct answers and most accurate time and mileage will be declared the winner. 

 

8. Parade 

9 a.m. July 4 in Downtown Edmond

FREE

The streets of downtown Edmond will welcome more than 50,000 spectators at the nationally ranked and largest Independence Day parade in the region! The parade will begin at the corner of Ayers and University traveling west to make a south turn on Broadway. The parade will then turn east on Second Street and make a final north turn on University. The 1.5-mile parade route offers ample seating so bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the parade in comfort. Support the multiple businesses along the parade route or bring refreshments with you. Be sure to pack sunscreen and plenty of water. The parade features up to 100 entries and can last up to two hours depending on flow. Bands, floats, marching groups, antique cars, clowns, round-up clubs, shriners, military bands and salutes, children, pets and affinity groups march, ride and gallop down the parade route. The parade is a local favorite and entertaining for kids and adults of all ages.

 

9. Park Fest

6 to 9 p.m. July 4 at the UCO Campus, 100 N. University Dr.

FREE

LibertyFest’s Park Fest offers a family event filled with games, entertainment, food and a great place to watch the fireworks. Families are invited to enjoy face painting, inflatable games, carnival rides, slides, toddler zone and music all at no charge. Food vendors will be on-site with various dining options. Save room for free ice cold watermelon as supplies last. As the sun goes down, settle in for the fireworks.

 

10. Fireworks 

9:30 p.m. July 4 at the UCO Campus, 100 N. University Drive

FREE

The nationally-ranked fireworks are the grand finale of the LibertyFest celebration and the largest display in the metro area! The fireworks can be viewed from the University of Central Oklahoma’s campus and the surrounding area. Tune into 99.3 FM to hear accompanying patriotic tunes. Pack a lawn chair or recline on a blanket to enjoy to the explosion of lights in the sky. The spectacle will last around an hour and will thrill the crowd at every second.