Find out how Oklahoma City ranks on list for best, worst cities to celebrate 4th of July

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OKLAHOMA CITY - On Monday, millions of American will celebrate the Fourth of July with food, drinks, fireworks and more.

A recent study by WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities to find out how well each one balanced holiday cost and fun.

So, does Oklahoma City rank on the top places to celebrate the Fourth of July?

Well, we're higher on the list when it comes to entertainment, like the length of our firework shows, but we're lower on the list when it comes to something very specific - weather.

Are you surprised?

"Not at all. This is probably one of the most interesting places in the country for weather. We see it all," said Craig Fields, Oklahoma City resident.

The recent WalletHub study compared 100 cities in the U.S. based on three categories: Fourth of July weather, attractions and activities, and entertainment and food.

Oklahoma City ranks 99 for the worst Independence Day weather forecasts.

"I think it draws some people here for that reason," Fields said.

Moving onto entertainment and food, Oklahoma City ranks #9 for popularity of festivals and performances, number of food establishments and the average price of a Fourth of July party ticket.

"We see this venue, sort of like the equivalent to a beach. It's free to come in and hang out, be by the water," said executive director Mike Knopp, Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation.

In the Boathouse District, there's adventure for everyone, from zip lining to rafting and tubing at the Riversport Rapids.

Plus, it’s a great place to stop on the 4th.

"It's really a spectacular place to watch fireworks from," Knopp said.

Lastly, we're #79 for attractions and activities, based on walkability and park quality.

"I think they need to catch up a little bit on their list, but I think we're moving in the right direction," Knopp said.

Many said they’re proud of how Oklahoma City has flourished.

"Everything down here. Bricktown, the ball park, then water canal," Fields said.

According to the study, we also rank top 10 for having affordable hamburgers, beer and wine prices, low costs for three star hotels and low gas prices.


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