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4th of July 2021

Old-fashioned and nostalgic celebrations at America's heartland

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4th of July in Oklahoma 2020 - Best Time

Oklahoma is all about patriotism, small-town parades, and fantastic fireworks. Traditionally, there are plenty of July 4th celebrations here: big and small. Family-friendly events, picnics, barbeques, and concerts take place almost everywhere. This year, lots of events have been canceled or postponed, thus, we encourage you to keep an eye for updates on the official websites of respective cities and communities.

OKC Fourth Fest in the Boathouse District (July 4, pending)

OKC's 4th of July Fest is held on July 4th in Boathouse District of Oklahoma City, along the scenic Oklahoma Riverfront. A celebration features DJs, lawn games, food trucks, and kids' activities. Visitors can float on the water in canoes and kayaks and see fireworks beginning at 9:45 pm.

"Red, White and Boom" Concert (canceled)

Red, White & Boom! is one of the best celebrations in the state that takes place at Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. It features an annual July 3rd concert for The Oklahoma City Philharmonic and a fireworks display, starting at 10 pm. Visitors can bring lawn chairs and blankets for this free event that begins at 6 pm. Due to the pandemic, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic made a hard decision to postpone its annual signature Independence Day celebration “Red, White and Boom.”

Freedom Fest in Yukon (July 3–4, 2020)

Freedom Fest in Yukon features a children’s parade, activities, and crafts, free swim, and games. In the evening, there will also be free watermelon, ice cream, and live music at Chisholm Trail Park. Spectacular fireworks and a concert by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic orchestra end the celebration. The giant firework show is scheduled to start at 10 pm on July 3 and 4, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy.

Folds of Honor FreedomFest in Tulsa (September 7, 2020)

Tulsa FreedomFest attracts thousands of patriots to the annual celebration. Scenic Tulsa’s River Parks along the Arkansas River is a perfect place for family picnics, live music by local bands, and kids' activities. With three stages along the river, face painting, inflatables, and food, the FreedomFest has plenty of entertainment. It also boasts one of the largest free fireworks displays in Oklahoma. Due to the pandemic and uncertainty about mass public gatherings, the Folds of Honor FreedomFest has been rescheduled for Labor Day and is awaiting approval by the City of Tulsa authorities.

Tribute to Liberty in Midwest City (July 4, 2020)

Midwest City hosts Tribute to Liberty in Joe B. Barnes Regional Park off of East Reno Ave. Starting at 6 pm, visitors can bring picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs. There will be entertainment, food trucks, and fireworks starting at around 9:45 pm. As of June 2020, the Midwest City announced the Tribute to Liberty celebration is on as planned.

LibertyFest in Edmond (postponed until 2021)

The annual LibertyFest in Edmond is one of the biggest and most memorable Independence Day celebrations in the U.S. Oklahoma City suburb hosts the largest hometown 4th of July parade in the state, a free watermelon feed, live entertainment, inflatables for kids, and the largest fireworks display in the Oklahoma City metro area. Liberty Fest takes place between Santa Fe Avenue and North Kelley in Mitch Park. Fireworks are launched in Hafer Park. Unfortunately, LibertyFest is being postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 virus concerns.

4th of July parade in Edmond 2020
4th of July parade in Edmond
4th of July fireworks at University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond 2020
4th of July fireworks at University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond

A Celebration in the Heartland in Moore (July 4, pending)

Moore hosts A Celebration in the Heartland taking place off of NE 12th Street in Buck Thomas Park between 10 am and 10 pm. The festival features live music, food trucks, a classic car, truck and motorcycle show, children’s activities, and fireworks at around 9:45 pm. Kids can enjoy carnival rides, while adults indulge in spicy barbecue, grilled onion burgers, and more. The 2020 event is subject to change. Follow the City of Moore on Social Media @cityofmoore for the updates.

July 4th in Bethany (canceled)

Bethany offers tons of activities for Independence Day, starting from The Bethany Freedom Parade that will head from NW 39th to Eldon Lyon Parka at about 10 am. Park festivities after the parade include live music, food trucks, pop-up shops, and a fireworks display at 9:55 pm.

Bethany Freedom Festival 2020
Bethany Freedom Festival

Boomer Blast in Stillwater (July 4, 2020, pending)

Stillwater hosts a patriotic festival Boomer Blast, featuring many fun activities Boomer Lake like swimming and boating, a fishing tournament, live music, and the giant inflatables for kids. Food includes caramel apples and pulled pork sandwiches. An impressive fireworks display is synchronized to music and starts at about 9:35 pm. The 2020 Boomer Blast is postponed, and as of June 2020, a new date has not yet been announced.

Boomer Blast at Boomer Lake, Sillwater  2020
Boomer Blast at Boomer Lake, Sillwater

Lawton Fort Sill Freedom Festival (canceled)

Lawton Fort Sill area hosts Freedom Festival & Car Show at Elmer Thomas Park. The festival is packed with activities like a live concert, a car show, motorcycle show, children’s activities, kids splash pad and one of the largest fireworks displays in Oklahoma. People can bring lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas, and picnic baskets. The 2020 Lawton Fort Sill Freedom Festival has been canceled.

Independence Day Celebration in Newcastle (canceled)

The City of Newcastle hosts the Independence Day Celebration at Veterans Memorial Park from noon to 10 pm. The entertainment program from 6 pm includes music, arts, crafts, and food vendors, bounce houses for the kids, and much more. The celebration culminates with the fireworks display after dusk. The City of Newcastle has made the very difficult decision to cancel the 4th of July celebration and all the Summer Concerts in the Park series for 2020