Watching the sky fill up with fireworks is a Fourth of July tradition for many Americans, and that tradition will continue as many area communities host firework shows this Independence Day weekend.
On Friday, visitors to Lake Murray State Park will enjoy the annual fireworks show, which also includes live entertainment before the skyrockets shoot off. The annual Lake Murray Fireworks Show, sponsored by the Ardmore Tourism Authority and the park, provides live music as Logan Russell and the Young Guns will begin their performance at 7:30 p.m. At dusk, or about 9:30 p.m., the fireworks will begin.
The fireworks viewing area has plenty of space for parking and picnicking. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for seating. The viewing area can be accessed by taking Scenic Highway 77 (Lake Murray Drive) south, turning east at the park office following the signs. Turn right at Lem Roberts Road to the R.C. Flying Fields, then continue to designated parking.
Other communities will ring in Independence Day on Saturday as fireworks light up Healdton, Davis, Wilson and Lake Texoma in Marshall County.
In Healdton, the industrial authority has planned the Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza at the Healdton football field. The event features a variety of events for families.
From noon to 3 p.m., there will be free admission at the city swimming pool. At 3 p.m., the football field will be transformed into a game area with horseshoes, three-legged races, a bounce house for kids and vendors selling food and beverages. At 5:30 p.m., the Healdton Stars will perform, and at 6 p.m. is a watermelon feed, free to the public. From 7 to 9 p.m., the games will return.
Around 9:30 p.m., the fireworks show will begin. This is the first year, the Healdton Industrial Authority has hosted the display.
The Wilson Volunteer Fire Department will host the annual fireworks show Saturday, with festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Wilson softball field. There will be music, performed by Young Guns Mobile Music, and concessions. The fireworks will begin at dark, and the event is free.
In Murray County, the annual Summerfest will return to Wolf Field in Davis. Gates open at 5 p.m., and there will be craft booths, live music, a mechanical bull, bounce house and a variety of food and drinks for sale. Shady 5 Eighty, a country band, will perform at 8 p.m. Fireworks by the city of Davis will begin at dusk. Admission is free to Summerfest.
In Marshall County, the annual fireworks display at Lake Texoma will be from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The fireworks show will be over the Roosevelt Bridge, on the north side of state Highway 70. The fireworks show is sponsored by Landmark Bank and Pointe Vista Development.