Like trying to light a small fuse with a really long punk and a shaky hand, it’s a moving target to find community Independence Day celebrations to enjoy this year. The usual OKC standards – RIVERSPORT’s Stars & Stripes River Festival with tons of fireworks, the OKC Philharmonic’s Red, White & Boom! (see what they did there) Independence Day concert, the OKC Dodgers / Bricktown fireworks 4th Fest festivities, Edmond’s LibertyFest, Bethany’s Freedom Festival, Norman’s Independence Day Celebration, etc. – are not happening this year due to the coronavirus.
As of the time of writing, there are still a couple of public events happening (please double-check as we move closer to Independence Day), like Freedom Fest in Yukon July 3 and 4, and Celebration in the Heartland in Moore July 4.
There are some other options, however. Scissortail Park downtown is hosting Live from the Lawn featuring the Okie All Stars on Friday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m., and the Saturday, July 4 show features the Talk of the Town Orchestra, so bring your blanket to the Great Lawn with the fam and enjoy some tunes and the new park while being spaced appropriately from your fellow humans.
Speaking of Scissortail Park, the weekly Saturday Farmer’s Market also happens July 4, so celebrate your freedoms while grabbing produce, crafts and other things from local vendors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids are also taking over the Cowboy museum July 4 as they celebrate Independence Day in Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s Western frontier town. But it may also be a good day to take a walk along the trails, cook a hot dog or a burger outside on your own grill, or otherwise keep it socially distant from out-of-home strangers and safe while enjoying our freedoms.
That said, there are some limits to those freedoms. As a society, we tend to put the kibosh on stuff that’s manifestly dangerous to life, limb and property. To that point, something you can’t buy or even possess within OKC city limits are your own fireworks (that even includes sparklers and snakes). Just don’t do it. The fire and police departments have had enough to do lately without you annoying your neighbors and lighting a roof on fire like an idiot. They don’t need the diversion, so let’s give them a break this year, eh?