The Fourth of July ranks atop the most exciting times for getting together with friends and family for firework fun. The food, the warm summer breeze, and the exaltation of witnessing brilliant displays of beautiful lights brightening the sky makes for a perfect holiday. Most cities and towns throughout America host a fireworks display and picnics, and Tulsa is right there with them.
Although it may be unbeknownst to outsiders, the small city of Tulsa has a love for celebrations and celebrating the Fourth is no different. There are many activities to attend around town that are relaxing and fun without spending a penny on fireworks.
OneOk Freedom Fest
After many years as a local favorite amongst Tulsans, the celebration on Riverside Drive in and around downtown Tulsa has become corporate and is consistent with its huge display starting at dusk. Citizens gather up and down the Arkansas River at River Parks bringing blankets and ice chests early in the day to wait to be dazzled as the evening wears on. Parking is extremely limited depending where you choose to view the display so get there early.
Rocket Over Rhema
Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma is known for its amazing Christmas lights display but the church also features a bigger than life fireworks show that is guaranteed to blow your mind. They feature many other exciting family-friendly activities such as a car show and an outdoor concert. Over 50,000 Okies show up for fun at this event so be sure to arrive early for parking as well as to take advantage of all the event has to offer.
Owasso is quickly becoming the fastest growing suburb of Tulsa. Freedom Church, located at 76th St N & 177th E Ave., asks that you bring a non-perishable item for the hungry. It’s the perfect way to help those in need and enjoy yourself as well. Parking is ample yet arrive early for a good spot to watch the show.
Tulsa area lakes
Lakes are always a gathering spot in the summertime. Area lakes usually provide firework shows for their campers and guests such as Lake Oologah and Grand Lake. Watching fireworks on a boat is more than magical but it’s just as fun to watch from the shoreline on a blanket with a cooler by your side.
No matter where one goes in Tulsa to celebrate Independence Day, the important thing is that you’ll have a great time. The Fourth is usually the only time of year in Oklahoma where you don’t assume a loud bang is from a shotgun.