Kids Have a BLAST at Freedom Fest!
Kids will have a blast at the annual Freedom Fest celebration on Thursday, July 4. A parade, craft tent, play area, free swimming, family activities, moon bounces and laser tag are just a few of the fun activities planned just for them!
The events start with the annual Cherry Bomb Triathlon, scheduled for 8 a.m. at Yukon City Park, 2200 S. Holly. The event is for boys and girls ages eight to 13, and they will swim, bike and run through Yukon City Park. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at City Splash swimming pool. Entrants must have their own bike and wear shoes and a helmet. There is no entry fee. Save time and register online atwww.yukonok.gov/catalog.
The Unique Sand Art (USA) Contest gets underway at 10 a.m. at the City Park sand volleyball court. Entrants must register by 9:30 a.m. The Red Group is for kids 12 and under, who may compete individually or in pairs. The White Group category is for teens 13 to 18, who may compete individually or in pairs. There is also a mixed pair for one adult with one child under the age of 18 and a Blue Group consisting of one or two individuals, a family or three people who are any age. Awards go to the top sculptures! Save time and register online at www.yukonok.gov/catalog. Contact Casey Barnett at 350-7680 for more information.
The annual Freedom Fest Children’s Parade, sponsored by Zaxby’s and Pearl Vision Yukon, begins promptly at 11 a.m. on Jim Watson Drive, at the City Splash Pool Pavilion. Children may pre-register at the Mabel Fry Library for free. First, second and third place ribbons are awarded for each of the four categories: four and under; five to eight years; nine to twelve years; and group. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and staging begins at 10:45 a.m. Save time and register online at http://submit.yukonok.gov/Forms/Parade.
Children’s craft tents are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., where children of all ages can “make and take” several patriotic crafts. A children’s play area is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features various child-oriented activities, including a giant water slide, bounces, laser tag and knocker ball. NEW this year to the are a zip line and slip-and-slide bowling! A Parent/Child Obstacle Course is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Times are displayed on a digital board, and the top times receive an award at 2 p.m. City Splash is open for FREE Swim from noon to 4 p.m.
For more information, visit the City of Yukon’s website at www.yukonok.gov/freedom-fest or call 405-354-8442.
Freedom Fest is hosted by the City of Yukon. Sponsors include YNB; The Kirkpatrick Family Fund; iHeart Media; 96.1 KXY; The Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts; Wesco Insurance Services; Schwarz Paving Company; OG&E; Tony & Beth Kouba; BOK Financial Securities; Williams, Box, Forshee & Bullard, P.C.; Arvest Bank; Integris Canadian Valley Hospital; Spanish Cove Retirement Village; Smith and Turner Mortuary; BancFirst; and Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Freedom Fest is one of Yukon’s best events. Optimism, energy and opportunity inspire the best in everything we do. To learn more about Yukon’s best, visit www.yukonok.gov.
The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The agency’s mission is to lead in the advancement of Oklahoma’s thriving arts industry. The Oklahoma Arts Council provides more than 400 grants to nearly 225 organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state’s arts and cultural industry and manages works of art in the Oklahoma Public Art Collection and the public spaces of the state Capitol. Additional information is available at arts.ok.gov.