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2022 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 April 21, 2022. 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 24 – 30 & July 2-4

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 25

FREE Stars & Stripes River Festival at RIVERSPORT Adventures (800 Riversport Dr) features a 4th of July themed festival combining on-the-water fun with food trucks, live music and racing throughout the day. RIVERSPORT Adventures and Rapids will be open throughout the day offering whitewater rafting, adventure courses, zip lines and more. Free to attend; parking, $10. Activities begin at 8 a.m.

FREE Mustang Firefighters Freedom Celebration at Wild Horse Park (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features food, fire trucks, music, games, fireworks and more.  6:30-10:30 p.m.

June 26

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

July 1

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.

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

Stars & Stripes Block Party at Riversport (800 Riversport Dr) features a watermelon eating contest, hot dog and hamburger cookout, yard games, ice cream, and at the end of the day, live music and fireworks over the McClendon Whitewater Center. 9 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 Independence Day Parade in Downtown Bethany (36th & College, Bethany) features a free, family-friendly parade followed by food trucks and a cruise-in. Parking is limited near the park. Additional parking available along 39th & 50th. Activities begin at 10 a.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 Freedom Festival at Elder Thomas Park (501 NW Ferris Ave, Lawton) features live music, family-friendly activities and one of the largest firework displays in Oklahoma. 6-10:30 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

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

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. July 3, 5-10 p.m.; July 4, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fireworks, 10 p.m. on July 3 and 4.

July 4

FREE Choctaw Independence Day Celebration at Choctaw Creek Park (2001 N Harper Rd, Choctaw) features games, inflatable water slides, food vendors, live music and fireworks. Fireworks begin at dark.

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, 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.

OKC Dodgers vs Las Vegas at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (1 Mickey Mantle Dr). The Dodgers take the field against the Aviators. 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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