Independence Day; Fourth of July; freedom.  They all have a common thread.  If it were not for our founding fathers, we would all be drinking tea, eating crumpets, driving on the wrong side of the road and watching the BBC. But gratefully the men, most who paid dearly for freedom, have caused this day to be one of happiness and excitement.  One filled with family get-togethers , picnics, Barbque's,  fun outdoor activities and, of course, fireworks.

So with that said, I searched around our piece of the world in SW Oklahoma to find out where you and your family can have fun this Fourth of July.

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Ft. Sill Polo Field

The Fourth of July concert will be held at the Ft. SillPolo Field on Saturday, July 2nd.  This year, Miranda Lambert, Merle Haggard and Stony LaRue will be performing.  Get all the details about the concert HERE!

After Miranda finishes her show, the Ft. Sill Saluting Battery will fire their guns to commence the biggest fireworks display in SW Oklahoma.

An American Band Music Festival

July 1st and 2nd at Elmer Thomas Park in Lawton.  This is a family friendly event with music food and fun.  The festival will start at 6pm Friday with a variety of bands entertaining both young and old alike.

The festival will contuinue on Saturday and conclude with firewoks in Elmer Thomas Park at 10pm.

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Marlow Redbud Park
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Marlow Oklahoma

The community wide Independence Day celebration started in "Marlow Grove" on July 4, 1892. and continues to this day.

Simple beginnings including dancing and beef donated by ranchers and an open pit BBQ was enjoyed by the community and a feast was shared.

This year as in years past, The 4th of July Celebration will kick off at 9:15 with a parade which will include floats, horses, antique autos, tractors, Shriners Clowns and much more. Marlow Chamber of Commerce is the sponsor of this parade.

The Parade leads to a full day of events for all ages in Redbud Park with arts and crafts, game booths, rides and food of all kinds.  People will come and go all day long and enjoy the great entertainment.

At 10pm the grand finale will start with one of the biggest fireworks displays in Stephens county and will be enjoyed by thousands in the park, from back yards even from cars lining the roads In Marlow.  And since the city of Duncan has canceled their fireworks for the 4th of July, more people will be heading north to celebrate with our neighbors.

Honor America Celebration, Anadarko

Anadarko, Oklahoma

Just a short drive up US Highway 277 / 281 will take you into the city of AnadarkoThe Honor America Day Celebration will be held in Randlett Park located west of town on Central Blvd.

Events will be ongoing through out the day including 6 inflatables, a watermelon eating contest, turtle races, a basketball shoot out and Gospel Music from 2 - 5pm.

A free concert in the park form Southern Ride will kick off the evening activities at 5:30pm and will conclude with a huge fireworks show at dark.

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CHICKaSHA, Oklahoma

Finally, just a few miles further to the NE and still a short drive from Lawton, the Chickasha Freedom Fireworks will be held in Shannon Springs Park . This is a free show that will start at 9pm on July 4th. Spectators are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs in to the park to watch the show. NO outside fireworks are allowed in the park or inside the city limits of Chickasha.

There are many other small communities that will have events on 4th of July. Many will have that "small town" atmosphere like community picnics, baseball games, fun for kids and adults alike. No matter where you choose to spend your 4th of July, ensure that you pause and give thanks for the freedom we all enjoy. Then give thanks for the men and women protecting our country so we can enjoy this day. And above all else if you are going to do your own fireworks, BE SAFE.

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