FREE events to celebrate Independence Day
Workers at OK Tourism have put together a list of special Fourth of July celebrations for the whole family to enjoy for free.
Edmond boasts a week-long Independence Day celebration during LibertyFest from June 23-July 4 with 11 total events to excite, entertain and dazzle festival-goers. Festival events include a car show, chalk contest, concert, rodeo, parade and more. LibertyFest entertains an attendance of over 125,000 annually and is Oklahoma’s largest hometown Fourth of July parade beginning at 9 a.m. on July 4 in downtown Edmond. That night, ParkFest begins at 6:30 p.m. on the UCO campus with inflatables, games, entertainment and the metro area’s largest fireworks display at 10 p.m.
A Celebration in the Heartland is an outdoor festival for the whole family to enjoy from 5 to 10 p.m. on July 3 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4. This free, two-day event at Buck Thomas Park features a variety of food and entertainment including inflatables, children’s tent, arts and crafts, car and bike show, sand volleyball tournament and live music. On July 4, the festival concludes with a spectacular fireworks display at dark.
Join the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at State Fair Park on July 3 for an evening of popular and patriotic music as they perform a free concert during their annual Red, White & Boom celebration. Bring your lawn chairs for the outdoor concert featuring conductor Joel Levine and soloist Susan Powell beginning at 8:30 p.m. with a spectacular 20-minute fireworks show at 10 p.m. Concessions will be available.
Oklahoma City’s Bricktown Fireworks Extravaganza begins at 9:30 p.m., July 4. Watch the magnificent Fourth of July fireworks from anywhere in Bricktown. Choose one of many patios or bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Free parking is available beginning at 7 p.m. in the RedHawks Parking Lot east of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The Oklahoma Railway Museum features a special Independence Day Train Ride July 7. The train leaves Oakwood Depot at the museum at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for 15 years and up, $5 for 14 to 3 years and free for children 3 and under. Receive one dollar off with military ID.
The Celebrate America event in Prague begins at 9 a.m., July 4 with an opening ceremony followed by a full day of free family-friendly events. Celebrate America includes a parade at 9:45 a.m., free watermelon, horseshoe tournament, volleyball tournament, softball challenge, swimming and a spectacular fireworks display at dark.
Shawnee Twin Lakes’ Annual Independence Day Boat Parade is July 4 beginning at 5 p.m. Bring chairs and refreshments and enjoy the Boat Parade on the Shawnee Twin Lakes from Glen Collins Memorial Park or Isaac Walton Park.
FireLake Grand Casino in Shawnee hosts the FireLake Grand Firework Display featuring good food, games and live music in the FireLake Grand Events Center at 7 p.m. and a fireworks show at 10 p.m.
Stillwater’s annual Boomer Blast includes all-day fun at Boomer Lake with a family fishing tournament beginning at 6 a.m. and concluding with a fireworks display at dusk.
Yukon hosts their annual Freedom Fest July 3-4 with several activities for the whole family. Freedom Fest activities begin at 5 p.m., July 3 at Chisholm Trail Park with live outdoor concerts by The Rodeo Opry and Irv Wagner’s Concert Band. A fireworks show at 10 p.m. will pay tribute to American veterans.
Festivities on July 4 kick off at 8 a.m. with the annual Cherry Bomb Triathlon and Stars & Stripes Sand Volleyball Tournament. Throughout the day enjoy a parade, car show, craft tents, inflatables, swimming at City Splash and a variety of family activities and games. Also enjoy live music and entertainment by the Roland Bowling Band, Mike Black and the Stingrays, and the United Freestyle Stunt Team. Evening events on July 4 at Chisholm Trail Park and Gazebo include free watermelon and ice cream, live concert by Super Freak, hot dog eating contest and more. The finale on July 4 features a free concert at the Gazebo by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at 8:30 p.m. and concludes with a fireworks show at 10 p.m.