Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year, so that means no long weekend, but a mid-week break is pretty nice, too. Celebrations are scheduled for July 4, and there are other events and activities around Oklahoma City leading up to the day itself. We might as well start with what everyone really wants to know: where do I watch the fireworks?
OKC 4th Fest will be the setting for the city’s largest fireworks display. The festival starts at 4:00 pm in the Boathouse District, and features a lawn party with games, food trucks, and music. RIVERSPORT Adventure Park is open on the 4th as well, so you’ll have access to kayak rentals, RIVERSPORT Rapids, and the Finish Line Tower, with zip line, water slides, and pontoon boat rentals, so you can watch the fireworks from the river. The fireworks, which will be easily visible from the Boathouse District, start at 9:45 pm. Entry to the district is free, and parking is $10.
In conjunction with OKC 4th Fest, merchants in Bricktown are offering specials on food, adult beverages and entertainment, most beginning at 4:00 pm on Independence Day. Development in the district has made it impossible to shoot off high-altitude fireworks, but the display from OKC 4th Fest will be visible in many parts of Bricktown.
In fact, Bricktown Beach—think seaside beach in the middle of the city—will be open on the 4th, and visibility should be excellent from one of the lounge chairs. Bricktown Beach is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and features tons of sand, umbrellas, a boardwalk, lounge chairs, and outdoor game equipment. It’s located on the Third Base Plaza of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Baseball is a summer tradition, and the OKC Dodgers have a home game on July 4 against the Round Rock Express. The game starts at 7:05 pm at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, and tickets start at only $8. It’s an incredibly affordable way to have a family night at the ballpark. As a bonus, the Dodgers will have a low-altitude fireworks display after the game.
You don’t have to wait until July 4 to see fireworks, though. Red, White and BOOM features a free performance of the OKC Philharmonic and the Philharmonic Pops Chorale at State Fair Park on Tuesday, July 3. The event is free to the public, and Mayor David Holt will make a guest appearance. The concert will feature patriotic music and pops favorites, and the Philharmonic will be led by new conductor Alexander Micklethwate. The concert begins at 8:30 pm, with fireworks scheduled for 10:00 pm. Due to construction in the area, Gate 5 (accessible on May Ave.) will be the only gate for entrance and exit.
If you’re looking for an early start to Independence Day, you can see Kesha live at the Zoo Amphitheater on Monday, July 2. The pop star is on her Rainbow Tour 2018, and the show begins at 7:30 pm. Gates open an hour before the show.
The Sunday Twilight Concert Series at the Myriad Gardens continues on July 1 with the 145th Army Band, an Oklahoma-based Army National Guard band that is celebrating its one-hundredth anniversary this year. The show is on the Great Lawn at 7:30 pm, and the band will play jazz and swing. The concert is free for all ages.
Also on July 1, alt-rock pioneers the Pixies are playing Jones Assembly in OKC’s Film Row District. The Wombats open the show at 6:30 pm that night, and a full bar is available during the show.
If outdoor activities and live shows aren’t your thing, try a fantastic view of the fireworks from the rooftop bar at the Ambassador Hotel in Midtown. Every Wednesday, OBar, located on the hotel’s top floor, offers $5 glasses of wine and a $5 food pairing beginning at 5:00 pm. Outdoor seating is available on the rooftop patio, and fireworks from all around the metro will be visible.