Family Friendly Fourth of July Fun!
There are so many ways to enjoy the Fourth of July throughout the Tulsa area. From parades to grand finales, we've got your Independence Day covered!:
- When: Friday, June 29, 4:30-10 p.m.
- Where: Bentley Park Sports Complex, 8505 E. 148th St. S., Bixby
The Bixby Freedom Celebration is the largest free, public fireworks extravaganza in this area. In its second year the 2016 Bixby Freedom Celebration brought approximately 13,000 people from the local community together in patriotic celebration, with thousands more gathered nearby to watch the spectacular, professional fireworks display. On Friday, June 29, 2018, The Bridge Church and its sponsors will once again host Bixby’s very own Independence Day fireworks celebration. So bring your family and friends and celebrate freedom together! www.bixbyfreedomcelebration.com
- When: Saturday, June 30 and July 7; Sunday, July 1 and 8
- Where: Tulsa Air and Space Museum, 3624 N. 74th E. Ave.
Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium (TASM) will celebrate our nation's Independence during the weekends before and after July 4. TASM will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays June 30 & July 7 and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays July 1 & July 8.
As a thank you to those who have served our country, TASM is offering free admission to veterans with an ID and one guest. TASM is also proud to be a 2018 Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families during the summer. Active duty military families can visit arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums to learn more about the Blue Star Museum program.
“TASM is an important part of the community and wants to support our military families and provide quality informal educational opportunities,” said Tonya Blansett, TASM executive director.
TASM’s Fourth of July family weekends will feature fun activities for kids including craft stations, an exciting new scavenger hunt game throughout the exhibit hall and an opportunity to write a thank you note to a solider currently serving.
TASM will be closed on Wednesday July 4 and Thursday July 5.
- When: Sunday, July 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
- Where: Guthrie Green, 111 E. M.B. Brady St.
Enjoy a celebration of freedom honoring our nation, its citizens, and our veterans with live patriotic music, powerful dance, and a 45 minute docudrama*. Discover the principles of the “American Dream” and learn about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Bring your family and start your fourth off right!
Hot Diggity Dogs food trailer will be on sight to bring gourmet dogs to the festivities. In line with the celebration, they have agreed to give every veteran or those serving in the military, fire, and police one free chili dog! Don’t miss this event!!
*The Docudrama is a film created and written here in Tulsa by Fervent Fire productions. It is hosted by a Vietnam Veteran by the name of Corporal Leonard Micklin.
- When: Tuesday, July 3
- Where: 110 N. Broadway, Skiatook
"Fantasy in the Sky" is that annual Fourth of July celebration sponsored by the City of Skiatook and area businesses. The celebration starts with a community wide parade and continues throughout the day with great food, vendors and live music. The night concludes with a world class fireworks show that brings more than 75,000 people to Skiatook. www.cityofskiatook.com
- When: Tuesday, July 3 at dusk
- Where: Grand Lake—Disney Spillways on the water.
- When: Wednesday, July 4, 6 a.m.-12 p.m. (fishing derby), 6 p.m.-10 p.m. (evening festivities)
- Where: Claremore Lake Park, East on Blue Starr Drive
Starts at 7 a.m. on the 4th of July. It's open to all kids ages 4-12 years old. Fishing poles and tackle boxes are given out to the first 400 kids. Trophies will be given out for biggest and smallest fish. Two bicycles will be raffled off in each age group (4-6), (7-9), (10-12).
Evening Fireworks Celebration
Claremore Lake Park will open for the evening event at 6 p.m. The flag raising with national anthem will kick-off the evening. Live entertainment starts after the flag raising at approximately 6:30 pm. There will be concessions available on-site along with kids inflatables and the brand new splash pad. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Learn more at www.visitclaremore.org.
- When: Wednesday, July 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Where: Tulsa Zoo, 6421 E. 36th St. N.
Tulsa Zoo guests donating a non-perishable food item will receive half-off admission on Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
The Tulsa Zoo is celebrating this Independence Day by helping Oklahomans become independent from hunger by partnering with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Donated items will go to the largest private hunger-relief organization in Eastern Oklahoma.
Any labeled, unopened, non-expired, non-perishable food item will be accepted. The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is specifically looking for the following:
- Protein in the form of peanut butter, canned meat, dry pinto beans
- Fruits and vegetables like dried fruit, canned fruits and vegetables
- Grains such as rice, granola bars, crackers, oatmeal, whole-grain cereal and pasta
Oklahoma consistently ranks as one of the top states in the nation for the number of people struggling with hunger. The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that distributes food and other grocery items to 465 Partner Programs. A member of the Feeding America’s network of food banks, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma provides more than 339,000 meals each week to food pantries, emergency shelters, soup kitchens, senior citizen centers and after-school programs.
One non-perishable food item must be received per half-price admission ticket. This special is not available with any other offer.
- When: Wednesday, July 4, beginning at 10 a.m.
- Where: Grove Civic Center, 1720 S. Main, Grove
One doesn’t have travel deep into the heart of Cajun Country of Louisiana to find good food, good times and good music. In fact, it can be found in Grove at the Grove Civic Center on the 4th of July with authentic Cajun music, Cajun food and many other entertainers. www.grandlakefestivals.com
- When: Wednesday, July 4, 1:30-2 p.m.
- Where: Discovery Lab, 560 N. Maybelle Ave.
In celebration of Independence Day, Discovery Lab will present a special science demonstration on the science of fireworks—you won't want to miss it!
- When: Wednesday, July 4, 3-10 p.m.
- Where: 96th Street Bridge near the Jenks Riverwalk
One of the longest, most brilliant fireworks shows in the area, Boom Fest is presented by Los Cabos Mexican Grill with the assistance of other local businesses. Los Cabos and the Riverwalk will host to events, including helicopter rides, a balloon artist and face painting, and music all day long leading up to the largest firework display in Tulsa at 9:45pm! Grab the kids and get there early. www.riverwalktulsa.com
- When: Wednesday, July 4, 5-10 p.m.
- Where: Three Activity Locations: Veteran’s Park, 1875 S. Boulder Ave.; River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave; and Blue Rose Café and Elwoods near 21st and Riverside
Visible for miles around, an estimated 80,000 spectators enjoy the view of the Folds of Honor FreedomFest 2018 presented by QuikTrip Corporation from Veterans Park, River West Festival Park and along the Arkansas River. Spectators can experience the full effect of this patriotic celebration by tuning into radio sponsor KRMG (740 AM & 102.3 FM) during the display to listen to the accompanying musical score. This is where Tulsa Fireworks happen. For those celebrating at home, turn to KTUL Tulsa’s News Channel 8 to watch live coverage of the Fireworks Grand Finale in the opening moments of the 10 p.m. newscast. The 2018 fireworks display will be produced by Hance Pyrotechnics and staged from the 21st Street Bridge. www.riverparks.org/freedomfest
- When: Wednesday, July 4, 6 p.m.
- Where: Parkview Sequoyah Creek, 2800 S. 1st St., Broken Arrow
The whole family is invited to Parkview Sequoyah Creek's Independence Day celebration on July 4, 2018. Activities will begin at 6 p.m. At dark a professional fireworks show will be displayed; in the meantime, Food Trucks will be on-site with meals to purchase, inflatables and games will be on the lawn for kids to participate in, and there will be live music performances. Contact Parkview Baptist Church for more information at (918) 494-3755.
- When: Wednesday, July 4, 6:30 p.m.
- Where: Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 Aquarium Dr., Jenks
The skies over Jenks will light up with one of the longest, most brilliant fireworks shows in the area and the Oklahoma Aquarium backyard offers a front row view. The Oklahoma Aquarium will be open regular hours during the day – 10:00 to 6:00 with the last entry at 5:00.
The Aquarium will reopen at 6:30 and offer half-price admission. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, but no outside food or coolers please. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the Coral Reef Cafe' and outside on the deck by McGraw Beach. Enjoy the exhibits, then head outside to see the fireworks! www.okaquarium.org
- When: Wednesday, July 4, 7-10 p.m.
- Where: Downtown Bartlesville, 2nd Street between Dewey and Keeler Ave.
Come see great live entertainment by local stars on stage, along with tons of activities for kids (and kids at heart)! It's all about fun, an F-16 flyover, family, friends, food - and, of course, fireworks to celebrate our nation's birthday! Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Bartlesville and the Examiner-Enterprise. www.facebook.com/bartlesvillefreedomfest