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2021 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 June 21, 2021, 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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Local Events


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 24 – 27 & July 3 & 4

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

June 26

FREE Stars & Stripes River Festival at RIVERSPORT Adventures (800 Riversport Dr) features a 4th of July themed festival with food trucks, live music, a dragon boat festival, racing throughout the day. Free to attend; parking, $10. Activities begin at 10 a.m. *No fireworks this year.

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

FREE Mustang Firefighters Freedom Celebration at Wildhorse Park (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features food, live music, games, fireworks and more. There will be a variety of food trucks and the fire department will serve free watermelon and drinks. 6:30-10 p.m. *Rescheduled to Oct. 16

June 27

FREE Freedom Fest at Community Church (512 E Seward Rd, Guthrie) features a patriotic program, food trucks, entertainment, lawn games and a fireworks show. 5-10 p.m.

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.

July 1-6

OKC Dodgers vs Salt Lake at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (1 Mickey Mantle Dr). The Dodgers take the field against the Bees. There will be post-game fireworks on Friday & Sunday. $11 & up. 7:05 p.m.

July 2

FREE Purcell Independence Day Celebration at Purcell City Lake (1400 Chandler Rd, Purcell) features food trucks, games, a car show, live music and fireworks. 5-11 p.m.; fireworks, 9:45 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.  7 – 10 p.m.; fireworks, 9:45 p.m.

July 2-4

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

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 Independence Day Parade in Downtown Bethany (36th & College, Bethany) features a parade, car show and food trucks. 10 a.m. *Important Note: There will be no activities at Eldon Lyon Park and no fireworks. 

July 3

FREE Red, White & Boom! Independence Day Concert at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features an uplifting musical celebration including favorites such as Climb Every Mountain, God Bless America, the Armed Forces Salute and more. Bring lawn chairs to enjoy the show. No fireworks this year. 8:30 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. Daytime activities are at City Park, and evening activities are at Chisholm Trail Park. July 3, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; July 4, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Fireworks, 10 p.m. on July 3 and 4.

July 4

FREE Celebration in the Heartland 4th of July Festival at Buck Thomas Park (1903 NE 12, Moore) features 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, sand volleyball, cornhole, baby crawling and toddler walking races, face painting, family yard games and more. Activities start at 5 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, 6 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.

4th of July in Bricktown (Mickey Mantle Dr) features a block party with live music, games, food and fun. The festivities will end with a fireworks finale. Free to attend. 7-10:30 p.m.; Fireworks begin at 9:45 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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