The Fourth of July holiday offers several events in and around the metro area — from parades, carnivals and beauty pageants to fireworks shows.
Among many, four major events will be held in Oklahoma City the weekend of the fourth.
• Red, White, and Boom Independence Day celebration is 8:45 p.m., July 3, east of Bricktown Ballpark at East Reno and Charlie Austin Avenue in Oklahoma City. Craig Ricks, Broadway vocalist and former Oklahoma resident, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, will precede the downtown fireworks show. For more information, visit www.redwhiteandboom.org.
• The Bethany Centennial Freedom Festival is July 3 at Eldon Lyon Park. The events will begin at 10 a.m. with the Bethany Centennial Freedom Run. A parade will follow at 11 a.m. Patrons can enjoy carnival rides, a car show, and musical entertainment throughout the day, then watch the city’s largest fireworks show to date. For more information, visit the city of Bethany’s website at www.cityofbethany.gov.
• Yukon Freedom Festival is June 26 through July 4. The annual Cherry Bomb Triathlon begins at 8 a.m. June 26, followed by the annual Stars and Stripes Volleyball tournament at 9 a.m. Both events are held at City Park at 2200 S. Holly. The activities will continue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 3 at City Park with a car show. A Children’s Parade starts at 11 a.m. that same day, followed by a rock and roll concert by Mike Black & the Stingrays. Irv Wagner’s band will follow. On July 4 the Rodeo Opry Show is 5 to 8 p.m. at the Chisholm Trail Gazebo with a hot dog eating contest and a free performance by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic that will precede a fireworks show at dusk. For more information, visit www.cityofyukonok.gov.
• Edmond’s LibertyFest was selected by CNN and USA Today as one of the top 10 places to be in America on July 4. The weekend offers a car show, rodeo, KiteFest, Concert in the Park, a parade and fireworks show. For more information and event map, visit www.libertyfest.com.