The boom is back on July 4 in the Sooner State.
After two years of cut short celebrations — from cancellations and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic to pyrotechnic-free festivities caused by last year’s fireworks shortage — July 4th celebrations across Oklahoma are planning a big hit this year.
From celebrating the 50th anniversary of Edmond’s LibertyFest to old-fashioned fun at Pawnee’s 4th of July Games in the plaza, here are 22 Oklahoma Independence Day celebrations to check out in 2022:
1. Edmond’s LibertyFest
When and where: Various events and places.
Edmond’s Independence Day extravaganza celebrates its 50th anniversary with several events. The festivities begin with the long-running rodeo at 8 p.m. June 24-26 at Carl Benne Arena, followed by a car show from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 25 at Hafer Park and KiteFest from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. June 30 June 25 and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 26 on the west side of Mitch Park.
The celebration continues with the Concert in the Park at 7:30 p.m. on June 30 near Mitchell Hall on the University of Central Oklahoma campus. ParkFest is from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. July 2 at Mitch Park, the road rally starts at 10:00 a.m. July 3 at Earl’s Rib Palace, and the Liberty Sprint starts at 7:30 a.m. July 3 at Ayers and Broadway.
On July 4, the parade begins at 9 a.m. in downtown Edmond and what is billed as the largest fireworks display in the metropolitan area kicks off at 9:30 p.m. in Hafer Park.
2. Stars & Stripes River Festival and Block Party
When and where: 8:00 a.m. to dusk June 25 and July 2 in the Boathouse District, 725 S Lincoln Blvd.
The Stars & Stripes River Festival extends this year to two days of events spread over two weekends. On June 25, the Stars & Stripes Regatta will feature rowing and dragon boat races as well as Riversport Adventures, rafting, food and live music, capped off with fireworks on the Oklahoma River.
On July 2, the Stars & Stripes Block Party will begin with dog yoga and feature surfing and whitewater fun, plus special attractions like a Dog Dock Diving exhibit, live music, a dog-eating contest, and more. watermelon, garden games, food and more fireworks at dusk.
3. Red, white and boom!
When and where: 8:30 p.m. July 3 at Scisortail Park, 300 SW Seventh.
For the second year, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic will perform its annual free Independence Day concert at Scissortail Park, and this year the fireworks will return to the beloved event and light up the OKC downtown skyline.
4. The 4th Norman Festival
When and where: 5-10 p.m. July 4 at Reaves Park, 2501 Jenkins Ave. to Norman.
Attractions will include yard games, face painting, a cornhole tournament, food trucks, adult drinks and live music, culminating with a fireworks display at dusk.
5. Yukon Freedom Day
When and where: 5-10 p.m. July 3 and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. July 4 at Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W Vandament and City Park, 2200 S Holly Ave.
The free two-day celebration includes a car show, children’s parade, sand art contest, Cherry Bomb Youth Triathlon, hot dog eating contest, food trucks and more. The Hi-Fi Hillbillies, Irv Wagner’s Concert Band will perform on July 3, while Super Freak and the OKC Philharmonic will perform on July 4. Plus, fireworks shows will start at 10 p.m. on both days.
6. Mustang Firefighters Freedom Celebration
When and where: 6:30-10:30 p.m. June 25 at Mustang’s Wild Horse Park, 1201 N Mustang Rd.
The event features food trucks, fire trucks, a live DJ and other fun family activities. Fireworks are legal in Mustang from June 27 through July 4, so no individual fireworks are permitted in Wild Horse Park during the June 25 celebration.
7. The Midwest City Freedom Tribute
When and where: 6:00 p.m. July 4th at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, 8700 E Reno Ave.
The event features live music, including The Andrews Sisters Tribute by Character Connection Co. and a performance by The Wise Guys, as well as food trucks and a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m.
8. The Tulsa FreedomFest Folds of Honor
When and where: 6-10 p.m. July 4 on the banks of the Arkansas River in Tulsa.
The festivities will include children’s activities, live music and a Red Bull Sky Dive Team landing jump. Activities will be split between River West Festival Park, 2100 S Jackson Ave., and Dream Keepers Park (formerly Veterans Park), 1875 S Boulder Ave., culminating at 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks display over the Arkansas River, staged from from the 21st Street Bridge.
9. Bethany Freedom Festival
When and where: 10:00 a.m. July 2 in downtown Bethany and Eldon Lyon Park.
This year’s event will feature a full day of activities, starting with a marching parade at 10 a.m. on historic Route 66 from South Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, to Eldon Lyon Park, 7400 NW 36 .
The celebration will continue with Street Fest, featuring a car show, entertainment and vendors, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Bethany. At 9:55 p.m., a fireworks display will illuminate Eldon Lyon Park, which will open at 7 p.m.
10. Moore’s Celebration in the Heartland
When and where: 2-10 p.m. July 4 at Buck Thomas Park, 1903 NE 12 at Moore.
Inflatables, helicopter rides, children’s activities, food trucks and live music will lead to the fireworks set to music around 9:45 p.m.
11. The Stillwater Boomer Explosion
When and where: 6:00 p.m. July 1 at Boomer Lake Park, Washington Street and Lakeview Road in Stillwater.
The celebration will feature food trucks, hometown hospitality and vendors, but the main event will be the 9:30 p.m. fireworks show set to music. Access to the park by car will be prohibited after 4 p.m. and the Lakeview Bridge will be closed at 7 p.m. But free parking will be offered at Pioneer Stadium and Cimarron Plaza at Stillwater High School.
12. Choctaw Independence Day Celebration
When and where: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 4 at Choctaw Creek Park, 2001 N Harper Rd.
The celebration will include inflatable water slides, music, food and games, with fireworks erupting around 9:45 p.m.
13. Lake Eufaula Fireworks Show
When and where: 9:30 p.m. on July 2 in Eufaula.
The fireworks will be launched from the Southpoint Recreation Area across Lake Eufaula from the marina. Seats will be available at Paul Bell Stadium at Eufaula High School, 530 Lakeland Drive.
14. Blanchard Independence Day Celebration
When and where: 6-10 p.m. July 2 at Independence Park, US Highway 62 and NE 10 in Blanchard.
The event includes helicopter rides, a kids’ zone, food and vendors, military honors, live music by SquadLive and the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band, and fireworks.
15. Lawton Fort Sill Freedom Festival
When and where: 4-9:30 p.m. July 1 and 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m. July 2 at Lawton’s Elmer Thomas Park, 501 NW Ferris Ave.
July 1 attractions will include food trucks, ziplines, inflatables and street performers. The July 2 day-long festivities will also include the Parade in the Park, live music by Oklahoma “American Idol” contestant Emily Faith and the 77th Army Rock Band and a huge fireworks display choreographed to music at 9:30 p.m.
16. Quapaw Nation Powwow
When and where: July 1-4 on Quapaw Nation Tribal Lands, 5681 S 630 Rd. in Quapaw.
The 150th annual powwow will celebrate Quapaw culture with dances, contests and more at Beaver Springs Park.
17. Pauls Valley 4th of July Celebration
When and where: 4-10 p.m. July 4 at Wacker Park, 1003 N Willow in Pauls Valley.
Food trucks, inflatable games, live music, a watermelon seed-spitting contest, a mechanical bull and more will be part of the festivities, along with fireworks at dusk.
18. McLoud Blackberry Festival
When and where: 5-10 p.m. July 8 and 9 a.m.-11 p.m. July 9 at Veterans Memorial Park, Sixth and Park in McLoud.
One of the oldest continuous festivals in the state, this event was designed to celebrate both the blackberry harvest and the 4th of July. Dating back to the 1940s, the festival includes a carnival, parade, live music, the Cobbler Gobbler contest and more.
19. Jenks Boomfest at the Oklahoma Aquarium
When and where: 6:30 p.m. July 4 at the Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 Aquarium Drive.
People can visit the aquarium’s indoor exhibits and then step outside to watch the fireworks around 9:30 p.m. Food trucks and drink options will be available, and attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets. Last tickets are sold out at 8:30 p.m. and all aquarium exhibits close at 9 p.m. Members are admitted free, non-members pay general admission rates, and parking is available for $10.
20. Purcell Independence Day Celebration
When and where: 5-10 p.m. July 1 at Purcell Lake, 1400 Chandler Rd.
A car show, country and western dances, inflatable games, face painting and food trucks are planned, as well as a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m.
21. Duck Creek Fireworks at Grand Lake
When and where: 4-10:30 p.m. July 4 at Arrowhead Yacht Club, 32894 S 4507 Rd., and Cherokee Yacht Club, 33152 Browning Lane, Afton.
One of Grand Lake’s oldest traditions, the annual festivities include an air show and fireworks display.
22. Pawnee’s 4th of July Games in the Square
When and where: 8 a.m. to noon July 4 at Pawnee’s Courthouse Square, 500 Harrison St.
Old-fashioned fun ranges from egg tossing and turtle racing to boot tossing and money-in-the-straw. Community Independence Day festivities also include the 76th Annual Pawnee Indian Veterans Homecoming June 30-July 3 at the Pawnee Football Ground, Pawnee Indian Veterans Parade at Noon July 2 in downtown Pawnee and fireworks at 10 p.m. July 4 at Lake Pawnee.