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2023 Independence Day Fun Guide

photo courtesy of the City of Yukon

by Lindsay Cuomo

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Celebrate our Independence with Family Fun! MetroFamily’s Guide to Independence Day Fun includes a list of fireworks displays, festivals, parades and other family-friendly celebrations taking place across the Oklahoma City metro and beyond.  So, put on your red, white and blue, light some sparklers, and get ready to “Ooh!” and “Ahh!” as you enjoy some patriotic fun with your family this 4th of July! Be safe and have fun!

[Editor’s Note: This is a working list last updated on May 10, 2023. Please check back often for updates and new events and activities.  Know of an event or festival that should be included? Email us with information!]


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Local Events

Ongoing

FREE Blue Star Museums provides FREE admission for active military members and their families to more than 2000 participating museums across the country from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day. Available to military ID holder and immediate family members. See website for details and full list of participating locations.

June 23-24 & July 4

LibertyFest in Edmond is a week-long celebration featuring family-oriented events, including a concert, rodeo, car show, carnival, parade and fireworks. See website for schedule.

June 24

FREE Mustang Firefighters Freedom Celebration at Wild Horse Park (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features food, fire trucks, music, games, fireworks and more.  6:30-9:30 p.m.

June 24 

FREE Stars & Stripes River Festival at RIVERSPORT OKC (800 Riversport Dr) features a full day of rowing, paddling and dragon boat racing. Free to attend; parking, $10; participation prices vary. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

June 30

FREE Bixby Freedom Celebration at the Bentley Park Sports Complex (7673 E 121st St S, Bixby) features a patriotic program, food trucks, entertainment, lawn games and a fireworks show.  7 – 10 p.m.; fireworks, 9:45 p.m.

FREE Purcell Independence Day Celebration at Purcell City Lake (1400 Chandler Rd, Purcell) features food trucks, games, a car show, live music and fireworks. 5-10 p.m.; fireworks, 9:45 p.m.

June 30 & July 1

FREE Freedom Festival at Elder Thomas Park (501 NW Ferris Ave, Lawton) features live music, family-friendly activities and ends with one of the largest firework displays in Oklahoma.. 6-10:30 p.m.; fireworks, 9:45 p.m.

July 1

Stars & Stripes Block Party at Riversport (800 Riversport Dr) features a full day of all things RIVERSPORT with traditional Fourth of July activities including patriotic music, an outdoor movie and fireworks. Prices vary. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Kids Take Over the Cowboy at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features patriotic crafts and games. Activities are free with admission for children and accompanying adults and available while supplies last. 10 a.m. – noon.

FREE Bethany Freedom Festival in Downtown Bethany (36th & College, Bethany) features a parade, live entertainment, food trucks and a fireworks display. Activities begin at 10 a.m.

July 2

FREE Family Freedom Fest at The Bridge Church (1116 W State HWY 152, Mustang) features a community event for the whole family with food trucks, live music, bounce houses, games & more, followed by a fireworks display. 6 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

July 3-4

Fireworks at Frontier City (11501 N I-35 Service Rd) features a fireworks show and music nightly. Free to attend. Admission required to enter park. 9:40 p.m.

July 3

FREE Blanchard Independence Celebration (10th & HWY 62, Blanchard) features fireworks, food, live music and special activities for kids including carnival rides and inflatables. 6 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m.

July 3 & 4

FREE Freedom Fest at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) & Yukon City Park (2200 S Holly, Yukon) features live music, kids’ activities, contests, food trucks, fireworks and more. Freedom Fest starts July 3, from 5-10 p.m., and concludes July 4, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

July 4

FREE Celebration in the Heartland 4th of July Festival at Buck Thomas Park (1903 NE 12, Moore) features family-friendly activities, food, music, vendors, local shopping, fireworks and more. Activities start at 2 p.m.; fireworks, 9:45 p.m.

FREE Norman’s 4th Fest at Reaves Park (2501 Jenkins Ave, Norman) features food trucks, live music and family friendly activities. Activities start at 4 p.m.; fireworks, 9:45 p.m.

FREE Tribute to Liberty at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8700 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features musical concerts, food trucks and a fireworks display. Activities, 7 p.m.; fireworks, 9:45 p.m.

FREE Piedmont Freedom Festival on Piedmont Road (713 N Piedmont Rd, Piedmont) features a parade, games, fireworks and more. Activities begin at 5 p.m.; parade, 6 p.m.; fireworks at dusk.

FREE Duck Creek Fireworks (32894 S 4507 Rd, Afton) features a large fireworks display synchronized to patriotic music and a vintage aircraft display and fly-over. 6 – 11 p.m.

OKC Dodgers vs Albuquerque at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (1 Mickey Mantle Dr). The Dodgers take the field against the Isotopes. There will be post-game fireworks. $14 & up. 7:05 p.m.

FREE Tuttle Fireworks in the Park at Schrock Park (W Main St, Tuttle) features a fireworks display. 9:30 p.m.

FREE Stillwater’s Boomer Blast at Boomer Lake Park (Washington & Lakeview, Stillwater) features fireworks and activities for the whole family including inflatables and food trucks. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Fireworks begin at 9:35 p.m.

 

At-home Fun

  1. Let the kids decorate their bikes with balloons and streamers for a neighborhood parade.
  2. Learn about the Declaration of Independence! Explore the National Archives digitally to see what the document looks like today. Then, introduce your kids to an elementary school classic, Schoolhouse Rock: Fireworks. You can also check out the animated series, Liberty’s Kids, which explores important moments in America’s history.
  3. Set up a sprinkler or Slip-n-Slide for a fun way to cool down. These homemade sponge bombs make for a mess-free water fight!
  4. Make your own festive t-shirt with this bleach art method and craft a patriotic necklace. These easy-to-make crafts are perfect for a variety of ages.
  5. Keep the kids entertained at your backyard BBQ with some fun, old fashion games.
    • Gunny sack races
    • Spoon races
    • Kick the Can
    • Watermelon eating or a seed spitting contest
    • Croquet
    • Horseshoes
    • Kickball
  6. Keep the fun going after dark with glow games. Stock up on a few glow sticks for a fun twist on classic kid games like glow-in-the-dark Tic Tac Toe, ring toss or bowling.

 

 

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