Preparations underway for Fourth of July

Posted on: 5:49 pm, July 3, 2013, by

OKLAHOMA CITY–With less than 24 hours before cities across the country begin celebrating Independence Day, professionals are preparing for the festivities.

In Edmond, it promises to be a spectacular display of the red, white and blue.

This year’s extravaganza features a massive amount of fireworks that are computerized and synchronized to music.

Levi Clark, with Extreme Pyrotechnics, said, “These are the largest ones we’ll shoot. It’s labeled with what kind it is. It’s labeled with a sticker to tell us where to plug it into our system because it’s all choreographed to music.”

Organizers at LibertyFest in Edmond say visitors will be able to enjoy 30 minutes of non-stop fireworks.

It is one of the largest displays in the state with an action packed bang at the end.

Clark said, “It takes anywhere from an hour to two hours per minute of song to choreograph a fireworks show like this. The finale took seven and a half hours to choreograph.”

The festivities start long before the sun goes down.

The parade starts around 9 a.m. and winds the streets from Ayers and University to downtown, which lasts about two hours.

Another popular event is Parkfest, which runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the UCO campus.

Bob Meinders, LibertyFest chairperson, said, “They have, as I refer to them, the bouncy things; moonbounce and the face painting, not permanent, folks.”

The main attraction will still be the fireworks, which begin promptly at 10 p.m.

Meinders said, “You can enjoy the show from a mile or two miles away.”

Organizers say you should get there early to get a parking spot but be careful when you leave.

Clark said, “Once the firework show is over, it’s not safe to pass through here yet because there could be unexploded devices.”