Veterans Tribute Kicks Off Freedom Fest July 3
On Wednesday, July 3, the City of Yukon is proud to present its annual Veterans Tribute. This kickoff event of Freedom Fest is held in honor of all veterans at Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W. Vandament. Everyone is invited to this celebration of veterans with food trucks, FREE entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks show!
The Hi-Fi Hillbillies kick things off from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Self-described as “a trio of knuckle-heads,” The Hi-Fi Hillbillies is an Oklahoma band that plays vintage rock and roll dance tunes by artists like Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Neil "The Real Deal" Dirickson, Sneaky Pete DeLesDernier and Fast Eddie Rossman make up this trio.
Irv Wagner’s Concert Band will follow with an 8:30 p.m. patriotic tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces. Recipient of the prestigious Neill Humfeld Award, Irv Wagner trains his students in every line of trombone work from playing in Symphony Orchestras, to jazz, to teaching at every level, and writing music. Percussion Instruments, Music Stands, Chairs, and Rehearsal Space is all donated by the University of Oklahoma School of Music.
An awe-inspiring fireworks show at 10 p.m. concludes the evening, which will also pay tribute to American veterans.
In between entertainment, grab a bite to eat! Many food trucks will be on-site to feed hungry festival-goers. Many food trucks accept cards, but it’s best to have cash on hand, just in case.
Freedom Fest continues the next day with a children’s parade and other fun activities for kids, a car show, a hot dog eating contest, free watermelon and ice cream, a concert by the OKC Philharmonic, fireworks, and more!
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.