[dropcap]There’s[/dropcap] no greater time to be an American than on the Fourth of July – the weather’s hot, the drinks are cold, and the fireworks are spectacular. But if you’re more inclined to sit back and watch the dramatic displays than light them up yourself, there are several shows around the state that will make your holiday as patriotic as possible.
- LibertyFest in Edmond – June 25 through July 4
For a weeklong celebration of our nation, LibertyFest in Edmond is the perfect place to go. Their patriotic party offers more than just a fireworks display, offering a wide range of events and fun activities for the whole family. Throughout the week and all across town, there will be a kite fest, rodeo, car show, parade, concert and more. For a full schedule of events, visit libertyfest.org.
- Boom in the Valley Fireworks Spectacular at Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina – July 1
Talihina is the home of the Boom in the Valley Fireworks Spectacular, where you’ll enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities and a 5K run. Make sure to try the delicious hamburgers, Indian tacos, snow cones, cotton candy and other treats. Sit back at dusk to enjoy the fireworks. For more information, visit travelok.com.
- Grand Lake Fireworks at Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees – July 2
There’s nothing like watching a Fourth of July fireworks show from a boat on Grand Lake. Spend the day on the water, and at sunset head to the Cherokee Area at Grand Lake State Park to enjoy the fireworks display. The show will be located between the two spillways on the Grand River Dam. For more information, visit grandlakefireworks.com.
- Red, White & Boom at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City – July 3
Celebrate Independence Day at Red, White & Boom in Oklahoma City. You can grab some lawn chairs and bring the family to the State Fair Park, where there will be a free concert presented by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. On-site concessions and a dazzling fireworks display are other exciting additions to the night. For more information, visit okcphil.org.
- FreedomFest at Tulsa River Parks in Tulsa – July 4
For patriotic fun in Tulsa, Freedomfest has been a city staple since 1976. There will be three different locations along the banks of the Arkansas River and at Tulsa’s River Parks to set up camp for the show, where fireworks will display over the 21st Street Bridge. Arrive early for inflatables, face painting and food/drink vendors. For more information, visit riverparks.org.
- Sooner Boomfest at the RiverWalk Crossing in Jenks – July 4
Get ready for an all-day music and fireworks extravaganza at the RiverWalk Crossing in Jenks. Spend the day outside listening to live music, and stick around for Boomfest’s fireworks at dusk. The Oklahoma Aquarium will also be offering a unique vantage point to watch the show at their Fish & Fireworks celebration, and their food and beverages will be available at Coral Reef Café. For more information, visit either jenkschamber.com or okaquarium.org.
- Bricktown 4th Fest in Oklahoma City – July 4
For more Independence Day fun in Oklahoma City, head down to the Bricktown 4th Fest. Their fabulous fireworks show will be located at the Centennial Fountain near Harkins Theater, and DJ Roy “Musicman” Henderson will be playing family-friendly Top 40 and country tunes. The entire entertainment district of Bricktown will be a prime viewing spot for the show. For more information, visit bricktown4thfest.com.