The Fourth of July will be celebrated all across southern Oklahoma, as communities plan fireworks displays and other events in conjunction with the Independence Day holiday.


The Fourth of July will be celebrated all across southern Oklahoma, as communities plan fireworks displays and other events in conjunction with the Independence Day holiday.

 

In Ardmore, events begin with the 2nd Annual Independence Day Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Ardmore.

 

Last year, the parade had 45 entries and 226 participants walking or riding in the parade.  

 

This year, the Independence Day Parade Committee chose a parade grand marshal based on nominations from the community.  

 

The annual fireworks display is planned for Sunday at the R.C. Flying Fields at Lake Murray State Park. The Ardmore Convention and Visitors Bureau plans the event that draws thousands.

 

Concessions will be open and music will be provided by the band Strongwood.

 

While the fireworks show is free to spectators, Boy Scouts will accept donations at the entrance. ACVB officials said the display costs approximately $11,000 per year and is sponsored by individual donations and business sponsors. It is the largest publicly sponsored fireworks show in the state.

 

Donations are still being accepted for the event and can be mailed to the Ardmore Tourism Authority, Fireworks Display, P.O. Box 1585, Ardmore, OK 73402. Call (580) 223-7765.

 

Fourth of July Weekend Calendar

 

Lake Texoma
KINGSTON — The annual fireworks display at Lake Texoma State Park will begin about 9:30 p.m. Saturday on the northwest side of Roosevelt Bridge. The event is organized by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. Questions can be directed to (580) 705-2431.

Davis
Gates open at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Wolf Stadium football field for Davis’ annual fireworks display, sponsored by the Davis Fire Department, the City of Davis and Turner Falls. Fireman Nathan Roady said different organizations will have booths set up for the public and there will be watermelon for sale.

Healdton
Healdton Lake is the site for the fireworks display at dusk Saturday night. Activities start at 7 p.m. with the crowning of Healdton’s Little Prince, Junior Miss Liberty and Miss Liberty. Donations are still being accepted at the Healdton Chamber of Commerce for the fireworks display.

Wilson
Wilson’s fireworks display will take place Sunday night at the Wilson baseball field. The Wilson Fire Department will have a cookout, offering hamburgers, chips and a drink for $5. Cooking will begin at about 6 p.m. and a live band will perform before the fireworks display. Donations will be accepted at the gate to help pay for the event.

Tishomingo
The Murray State College sports complex will be the site of Tishomingo’s annual fireworks display Saturday night, but events will begin early that morning with a parade at 9 a.m., starting at the high school east of town and traveling down Main Street. After the parade, people will gather at the park, where vendors will be set up until 4 p.m. and games and contests will be conducted. The new Mr. and Miss Firecracker contest takes place at night before the display, all part of the annual “Old Fashioned Parade and Festival.”

Lone Grove
The annual Independence Day Watermelon Feed will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday at Sullivan Park, with live entertainment offered before fireworks at dusk.

Ringling
Holiday activities will take place for the second year at the Ringling softball complex starting at 8 p.m. Saturday with a prayer and gospel singing by Bill Baker and his band. There will be food concessions before the hour-long fireworks display. The event is organized by the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ with a variety of sponsors donating money for the fireworks. There will be a flag salute and singing of the National Anthem before local veterans are recognized. Donations are still being accepted at various locations in Ringling.