July 4th falls on a Thursday this year, so Independence Day-themed events, including fireworks, will be held around the metro beginning Wednesday, July 3 and extending into the following weekend. The two largest celebrations will likely be Red, White & Boom and OKC 4th Fest.

Phil 4th

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic offers a free concert to celebrate Independence Day every year, and it’s free and open to the public. Known as Red, White & Boom, the event is held at State Fair Park and it’s on Wednesday, July 3, this year. Music director Alexander Mickelthwate will conduct the orchestra in a family-friendly, 75-minute concert of patriotic and popular music beginning at 8:30 pm. The fireworks show follows at 10:00 pm. Gates 5 and 6 will open at 6:30 pm and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Parking is free. No alcohol, pets, or glass bottles permitted.

Stars & Stripes fest

While many locals think of downtown and Bricktown as the place to go for fireworks, the main celebration in the urban core has moved to the Boathouse District—but Bricktown remains a prime viewing location for OKC 4th Fest. The fun begins at 4:00 pm with lawn games, food trucks, and family-friendly activities. The Riversport activities are available during festival hours with prices posted, but access to the event is free. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, and enjoy the beautiful Oklahoma River, with running and walking trails, or bring your own bike. Fireworks start at 9:45 pm and prime viewing areas are Bricktown and the north bank of the Oklahoma River.

Bricktown Beach will be open all day on July 4th. Located on the Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, the popular downtown destination is a temporary public park, filled with sand and equipped with chairs and umbrellas. Outdoor games, including sand volleyball equipment and toys for children, are available on-site at the hut. The park is open 24 hours and is always free to the public.

Lake Hefner

July 4 is a great day to head to one of Oklahoma City’s three public lakes: Hefner, Overholser, Stanley Draper. Fishing is permitted at all three of the lakes—but make sure you have your license—as well as boating and skiing. Hefner is a popular destination for sailboats, as well, and all three lakes have abundant picnic areas.

Oklahoma City also has three public skate parks, with the largest being Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park in Wiley Post Park along the Oklahoma River. The park has facilities for skateboards, rollerblades and BMX bikes, with a bowl course and a street course. Safety equipment is required and entrance is free.