Here are some July 4th firework safety tips

Here are some safety tips you can follow if you plan on popping fireworks this 4th of July.

Sarah Duenas, Wochit

On July 4, America will celebrate its 245th birthday with festivities from sea to shining sea.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is less of a concern than it was this time last summer, when many Fourth of July events were canceled, some challenges persist when it comes to putting the bang in this year’s Independence Day celebrations. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, consumer fireworks retailers are reporting a shortage in inventory nationwide, and some local events won’t be finishing with the proverbial rockets’ red glare this year. 

Although the weather is predicted to be drier over the holiday weekend than it has been the past several days, this is Oklahoma — and that means celebrants should double-check that their favorite festivities are still on before they proceed to party. 

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July 4th fireworks: 22 Oklahoma events putting the bang in Fourth of July

Here are eight events to celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area: 

Red, White & Boom!

When and where: 8:30 p.m. July 3 at Scissortail Park, 300 SW Seventh. 

Information: https://www.okcphil.org. 

What: Oklahoma City Philharmonic moves its free annual Independence Day concert to a new location, and music lovers are invited to bring blankets and picnics to hear favorites like “Climb Every Mountain,” “God Bless America,” “Armed Forces Salute” and more. Conducted by Alexander Mickelthwate, the show will feature soloists Eryn LeCroy and Joe Caskey. But no fireworks will be on display at this year’s event.  

4th of July in Bricktown

When and where: 7 p.m. July 4 in Bricktown.

Information: https://welcometobricktown.com/4th-of-july.

What: The downtown OKC entertainment district will host an Independence Day block party with live music, games, food and more leading up to a fireworks display starting at 9:45 p.m. 

Edmond’s LibertyFest

When and where: Various events and venues. 

Information: https://www.libertyfest.org.

What: Edmond’s Independence Day extravaganza includes the annual parade at 9 a.m. July 3 in downtown Edmond; ParkFest from 2 to 4:30 p.m. July 3 at Mitch Park; and what’s billed as the metro area’s largest fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. July 4 at Hafer Park. 

Norman’s 4th Fest

When and where: 5 to 10 p.m. July 4 at Reaves Park, 2501 Jenkins Ave. in Norman.

Information: https://www.normanok.gov/events/normans-4th-fest. 

What: Attractions will include family yard games, food trucks, sand volleyball, cornhole, baby crawling and toddler walking races and face painting, culminating in the fireworks show at dusk. 

Yukon Freedom Fest

When and where: July 3-4 at Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W Vandament, and City Park, 2200 S Holly Ave.

Information: http://www.yukonok.gov/freedom-fest. 

What: The free two-day celebration includes a car show, children’s parade, sand art competition, the Cherry Bomb Youth Triathlon, food trucks and six outdoor concerts, plus fireworks shows at 10 p.m. both days. 

Midwest City’s Tribute to Liberty 

When and where: 6 p.m. July 4 at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, 8700 E Reno Ave. 

Information: www.midwestcityok.org.

What: The event features live music, including The Andrews Sisters Tribute by Character Connection Co. and a performance by Souled Out, along with food trucks and a 9:45 p.m. fireworks show. 

Bethany Freedom Fest Parade

When and where: 10 a.m. July 3 on Main Street (aka Route 66) in Bethany. 

Information: https://www.facebook.com/CityBethanyOK and 405-789-5005. 

What: Following the parade, a car show and food trucks are planned in the afternoon. 

Moore’s Celebration in the Heartland

When and where: 2 to 10 p.m. July 4 in Buck Thomas Park, 1903 NE 12 in Moore. 

Information: https://www.cityofmoore.com/upcoming-events. 

What:Inflatables, helicopter rides, children’s activities, food trucks and live music from Shiloh Steel and Banana Seat will lead up to the fireworks show at about 9:45 p.m. 


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