Birthday bash

Red, White & Boom!
8:30 p.m. Wednesday
Oklahoma State Fair Park Entertainment Plaza
3001 General Pershing Blvd.
Led by conductor Joel Levine, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic will perform eight American anthems to honor Oklahoma’s heroes with special guest and Broadway veteran Kristy Cates. The concert concludes with a fireworks show. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food vendors will be on-site, and guests are asked to leave glass containers and pets at home.

Bricktown 4th Fest      
4 p.m.-midnight Thursday
Corner of Sheridan and Oklahoma

Visitors to Bricktown get
an Independence Day trifecta: live music, beer and fireworks. Four
separate performances from The Kamels, Chateau, Beat Street and Hosty
Duo will precede the 9:30 p.m. fireworks display. Taddy Porter will
close the festivities at 10 p.m.

Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Albuquerque Isotopes
7:05 p.m. Wednesday
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
2 S. Mickey Mantle

Celebrate America’s
favorite pastime with baseball action and a fireworks show following the
final out at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Moreover, visitors can
take part in the RedHawks Clubhouse Collectibles Silent Auction to help
provide resources for local schools. Bid on autographed memorabilia
donated by the RedHawks and Houston Astros.

Edmond LibertyFest
9 a.m. Thursday
University of Central Oklahoma
E. Second Street and N. University Drive
Wrapping a week of
celebration, LibertyFest in downtown Edmond kicks off with a 9 a.m.
parade starting from the intersection of E. Ayers Street and N.
University Drive. In the evening, ParkFest will begin at 6:30 p.m.,
featuring food, music, rides and games, followed by a fireworks display
at 10 p.m. Seating won’t be provided, but guests are encouraged to bring
lawn chairs or blankets. Free watermelon will be provided. Guests are
asked to leave pets and coolers at home.

Midwest City’s Annual Tribute to Liberty
6-10 p.m. Thursday
Joe B. Barnes Regional Park
Reno Avenue and Midwest Blvd.

Midwest City’s annual
Tribute to Liberty, a celebration of America, includes a lineup of live
music, which starts at 6 p.m., and a fireworks extravaganza around 9:45
p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for optimal viewing. The festival
asks that alcohol be left at home for this event. 

A Celebration in the Heartland
10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Buck Thomas Park
1903 N.E. 12th St.

This annual festival
includes early morning events: a car, truck and bike show at 8 a.m. and a
sand volleyball tournament at 9 a.m. Starting at 10 a.m., guests are
invited to check out arts and crafts, wineries, inflatables, karaoke and
a children’s tent. Banana Seat provides the music from 7 to 10 p.m.,
while the party concludes with — what else? — fireworks. Concessions
will be available. Visitors can bring lawn chairs, blankets and
coolers. Alcohol is not permitted, and dogs must be caged or leashed.

Norman Day Celebration & Fireworks
4-10:30 p.m. Thursday
Reaves Park
S. Jenkins Avenue and E. Constitution Street

Norman’s 38th annual Norman
Day Celebration offers activities for the whole family with various
food booths, a baby crawl, free watermelon, a nickel find, moon bounces
and pony ride. Oh, and there’s live music, too.

Bethany Freedom Festival
All day Thursday
Eldon Lyon Park
South of N.W. 39th Expressway between Council and Rockwell

Drawing some 20,000 people
each year, Bethany’s annual Freedom Festival includes everything from a
parade to carnival rides, contests, a car show, shopping, live music
from the Chris Henson Band and fireworks starting at 9:55 p.m. Admission
is free, but there is a fee for carnival ride tickets and games, and
wristbands are available for purchase.

Molly Evans

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