Area towns plan 4th celebrations

Stephens, Grady, and Caddo counties will each host a number of community Fourth of July celebrations from today through Saturday. Parades, fireworks, games, food and 4K runs are just a few of the activities planned.
Duncan’s Red, White and Boom celebration was featured in last week’s Chisholm Trail News. Events will begin at 5 p.m. today, July 3, at Abe Raizen Park with the Family Fun Zone and food trucks. The fireworks display will kick off at about 9:45 p.m. and conclude the evening.
Anyone who missed their hometown’s celebration (dates of past events listed below) should check out events still ahead including:
Sparkle and shine at the Parade of Stars and Handlebars at Shannon Springs Park in Chickasha on Thursday, July 4, beginning at 10 a.m. The parade will feature a procession of bikes, scooters, golf cars and ATVs decked out in the finest holiday attire as Chickasha kicks off its Christmas in July celebration. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair to catch Festival of Freedom fireworks after the sun sets in Shannon Springs Park.

By Blake Moren
The Comanche Independence Fest will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Comanche Lake. The event will include vendors, Bingo, music, games, face-painting and bounce houses. Fireworks will begin at dusk and launched over Comanche Lake.

By Derrick Miller
America’s Independence Day is coming up Thursday, and Marlow will be celebrating in its traditional way.
The Old Fashioned Fourth of July kicks off with a parade at 9 a.m., followed by various activities in Redbud Park, and ending with a concert and a fireworks display. The park will include music, games, food and inflatables.
The concert will include performances by Chasing the Sun and Summerbreeze, starting about 6:30 p.m.
According to the Facebook event page, “A Marlow tradition, the Old Fashioned Fourth of July, brings everyone together for a celebration of Independence Day.”
The event is co-sponsored by the City of Marlow and the Chickasaw Nation. The concert is sponsored by Chisholm Trail Casino.
9 a.m. – Parade (line-up begins at 8 a.m.)
Call the Marlow Chamber of Commerce for Parade information – (580) 658-2212
10 a.m. – Park opens (open through fireworks)
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Mayor’s Car Show (on Elm Street between Park and Splashpad/Hideout)
Food, games, bingo, arts/crafts, shops, inflatables and more
Redbud Splashpad and Hideout playground open all day
6:30 p.m. – Free concert
9:30 p.m. – Fireworks
Join Salt Creek Casino on Wednesday, July 3 from 5 to 10 p.m. for the 7th annual free, family-friendly Fireworks Spectacular. Enjoy food trucks, retail vendors and more followed by fireworks at the end of the night.
Ada residents will celebrate Independence with a 5K run, parade and fireworks on Thursday, July 4, Events will begin with the Fireball Classic Memorial Run in Wintersmith Park. Therace includes a fun run, 5K, 10K and half marathon. When the sun goes down fireworks will begin Wintersmith Park. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for more comfortable viewing.
The Ardmore Tourism Authority and Lake Murray State Park will host its annual Fourth of July fireworks event at Lake Murray on Thursday, July 4. Fireworks will launch at dark, around 9:30 p.m., from the Radio Flying Field. The event is free and open to the public. During the day, visit Lake Murray State Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a come-and-go crafts at Tucker Tower Nature Center and a guided hike along Buckhorn Trail from 10 a.m. from Tipps Point trailhead.
The Blanchard Independence Celebration on Tuesday, July 2, will feature a kid zone, food and live music from Superfreak and the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band. Watch the firework display set to music at dusk. The events begin at 6 p.m. and the fireworks will be at 10 p.m.

Prior celebrations:
Anadarko’s celebration was observed at Randlett Park on June 28.
On Friday, June 28, Purcell celebrated Independence Day at Purcell Lake. .
Independence Day in Newcastle at the Red, White and Blue Fest at Veteran’s Park was celebrated Saturday, June 29.
Waurika hosted its annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, June 29 at Legacy Park.