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 May 27, 2020, so please check back often for new events and activities. Know of an event that should be included? Email us with information!]
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- Let the kids decorate their bikes with balloons and streamers for a neighborhood parade.
- 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, that explores important moments in America’s history.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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
- Keep the fun going after dark with glow games. Stock up on a few glow stick for a fun twist on classic kid games like glow-in-the-dark Tic Tac Toe, ring toss or bowling.
FREE Blue Star Museums provides FREE admission for active military members and their families to more than 2000 participating museums across the country from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Available to military ID holder and immediate family members. See website for details and full list of participating locations.
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. 7 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.
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.
FREE Bixby Freedom Celebration at the Bentley Park Sports Complex (7673 E 121st St S, Bixby) features food trucks and fireworks. To follow suggested regulations, the festival has been modified and won’t have a kids zone, stage program or firefighter challenge. 7 – 10 p.m.; fireworks, 9:45 p.m.
FREE Red, White & Boom! Independence Day Concert at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features a FREE concert followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Bring lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Entry & parking are FREE. Concert begins at 8:30 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) is a two-day festival honoring veterans while celebrating with the community featuring live music, car show, triathlon, food trucks, fireworks and more. Friday & Saturday, 5:30 – 10 p.m. Car show: Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
FREE Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration at Red Bud Park (Main St, Marlow) features a parade and all-day festival with fireworks. 9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Kids Take Over the Cowboy at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a variety of activities in Prosperity Junction, the museum’s Western frontier town. Take part in a cake walk, a screening of An American Tail and more. Activities are free with admission for children and accompanying adults and available while supplies last. 10 a.m. – noon.
FREE Celebration in the Heartland 4th of July Festival at Buck Thomas Park (1903 NE 12, Moore) features live entertainment, vendors, food, games, music, car show and more. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.
FREE Stillwater’s Boomer Blast at Boomer Lake Park (Washington & Lakeview, Stillwater) features a family fishing tournament, inflatables, food trucks and a fireworks show. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; fireworks, 9:35 p.m.
FREE OKC 4th Fest in the Boathouse District (725 S Lincoln Blvd) features fun activities including a full day of whitewater rafting and adventures plus 4th Fest activities kicking off at 4 p.m. including a local DJ, lawn games, food trucks and fireworks. 11 a.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, 6 p.m.; fireworks, 9:45 p.m.
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.
FREE Tuttle Independence Day Celebration at Schrock Park (W Main St, Tuttle) features a fireworks display. 9:25 p.m.
Events canceled for 2020
CANCELED – FREE Stars & Stripes River Festival in the RIVERSPORT District (725 S Lincoln, OKC) features a 4th of July themed festival with racing, dragon boats, OG&E NightSprints, live music, fireworks and more. Activities begin at 10 a.m.; fireworks, at dark.
June 21 & June 26 – July 5
CANCELED – LibertyFest in Edmond is a week-long celebration featuring 10 family-oriented events, including a concert, road rally, kite fest, rodeo, car show, food fest, pageant, parade and fireworks. See website for schedule.
CANCELED – FREE Freedom Festival at Elder Thomas Park (501 NW Ferris Ave, Lawton) features live music, bounce houses, car show and more. The festivities will end with one of the largest firework displays in Oklahoma. Free to attend. 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
CANCELED – FREE Bethany Freedom Festival at Eldon Lyon Park (7400 NW 36th, Bethany) features parade and fireworks. Parade, 10 a.m. food trucks, noon.; fireworks 9:45 p.m.
CANCELED – FREE Norman Independence Day Celebration at Reaves Park (2501 Jenkins Ave, Norman) features inflatables, food vendors, live music, fireworks and more. Activities start at 4 p.m.; fireworks, 9:45 p.m.
CANCELED – FREE Piedmont Freedom Festival on Piedmont Road (713 N Piedmont Rd, Piedmont) features pony rides, a parade, 80s-themed games and more. Activities begin at 5 p.m.; parade, 7 p.m.; fireworks at dusk.