Free Concert A Holiday Favorite – The Journal Record
Happy July 4th to all! It’s time to pull out your red, white and blue and enjoy some of the community events happening this weekend in central Oklahoma.
Start with the ever popular and free Red, White and Boom Independence Day Concert with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Scissortail Park in downtown Oklahoma City.
The 60-minute concert features a variety of music from OKCPHIL and is conducted by Maestro Alexander Mickelthwate. It will include patriotic favorites as well as others like “Climb Every Mountain”, “Chariots of Fire” and music from “Star Wars”. Bring lawn chairs. Food trucks will be available. The evening will not include fireworks this year. For more information, visit okcphilharmonic.org.
Here are more opportunities to enjoy the fireworks and parades during the July 4th celebrations in central Oklahoma:
• Edmond’s LibertyFest Parade begins at 9:00 am Saturday in downtown Edmond, with fireworks displays over Hafer Park at 9:30 pm Sunday.
• Bricktown is hosting a block party on Mickey Mantle Drive starting at 7 p.m. Sunday in downtown Oklahoma City with live music, fireworks and more.
• Norman’s 4th Fest begins at 5 p.m. Sunday at Reeves Park, 2051 Jenkins Ave., with a performance from the 395th Army Band at 5 p.m. and additional music to follow, including the Jason Young Band at 8 p.m. The fireworks will begin at 9 a.m. : 45 h
• Moore’s Heartland Celebration will take place from 2 to 10 p.m. at Buck Thomas Park.
• At Sulfur, the Artesian Hotel, Casino and Spa is hosting a free open-air festival on Sundays with country singer Casey Donahew headlining. Doors open for the Michelob Ultra Arbuckle Beats and Bites Festival at 5 p.m., with music starting at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Located on Muskogee Street between the Artesian and the Chickasaw Visitor Center, the festival also includes six food trucks, a playground. For more information, see the Artesian Hotel’s Facebook page.
The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Art 365 exhibit opens in Tulsa with a reception Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Living Arts of Tulsa, 307 E. Reconciliation Way. For this competitive program, selected artists received honoraria of $ 12,000 to create art year-round, and this exhibition, first in Tulsa and then in Oklahoma City, will feature these works. Grace Deveney, Associate Curator of Prospect.5 in New Orleans is guest curator.
The selected artists are Ginnie Baer, Edmond; Crystal Z Campbell, Oklahoma City; Naima Lowe, Tulsa; Mirella Martinez, Stillwater; with collaborators Maggie Boyett, Oklahoma City; and Marwin Begaye, Normand. The exhibit moves to Oklahoma City on August 19. For more information, visit Art365.org.
The Vietnamese American community of Oklahoma will host a summer food festival from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the World Fresh International Food Market, 10700 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City. The day will include cultural dances, live music and Asian dishes.
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