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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 14, 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 10 family-oriented events, including a concert, road rally, kite fest, rodeo, car show, food fest, pageant, 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 and fireworks to end the evening. Free to attend; parking, $10. Activities begin at 10 a.m.; fireworks, at dark.

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.

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.

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 2

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 3

FREE Red, White & Boom! Independence Day Concert at Scissortail Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) 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

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 at Eldon Lyon Park (7400 NW 36th, Bethany) features a parade followed by a day full of inflatables, pony rides, carnival rides and games for kids. Live bands will play throughout the day and the night ends with an impressive fireworks display. Parade, 10 a.m. food trucks, noon.; fireworks 9:45 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. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.

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.

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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