Yukon’s Freedom Fest Returns
When it’s July 4th, there’s no better place to be than Yukon! The city’s fantastic Freedom Fest celebration draws thousands of people each year to a festival of fun and food, topped off with two spectacular fireworks shows that rival any in the state. Admission is FREE!
Freedom Fest actually starts the evening of Monday July 3, with a tribute to veterans and continues all day on Tuesday, July 4. The annual celebration is held at Yukon City Park, 2200 S. Holly, and Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W. Vandament. Both parks interconnect, creating a 100-acre fun zone. Giant fireworks shows start at 10 p.m. on July 3 and 4, so bring your family, lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy!
It’s easy to find Freedom Fest! Simply take I-40 West exit 137, turn left on NW 10th Street, and right onto Holly.
Five FREE live outdoor concerts are on the Freedom Fest 2016 agenda, including the outstanding Oklahoma City Philharmonic at 8:30 p.m. on July 4.
The Rodeo Opry Band and Irv Wagner’s Concert Band perform at Chisholm Trail Park on July 3. The disco-funk band, Super Freak, entertains on July 4 at City Park during the day, then at Chisholm Trail Park that evening.
A children’s parade and other fun activities for kids, three breathtaking BMX stunt shows, a car show, a hot dog eating contest, along with free watermelon and ice cream are just some of the fun planned.
Here’s what’s happening:
Monday, July 3, events are held at Chisholm Trail Park. A live outdoor music show by the Rodeo Opry Band takes place from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Free Freddy’s Frozen Custard will be served at 6 p.m. Irv Wagner’s Concert Band will follow with an 8:30 p.m. patriotic tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces. An awe-inspiring fireworks show at 10 p.m. concludes the evening, which will also pay tribute to American veterans.
The Tuesday, July 4, daytime activities are scheduled at City Park. The annual children’s Cherry Bomb Triathlon begins at 8 a.m., followed by the USA Unique Sand Art Contest at 10 a.m. at the sand volleyball court on the north side of Yukon Community Center, 2200 S Holly.
The Freedom Fest Car Show begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. Mike Black and the Stingrays will perform a FREE rock and roll concert at the car show from noon to 3 p.m.
The annual Children’s Parade starts at 11 a.m. Children’s Craft Tents and a play area will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parent/child obstacle courses are ongoing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The best times win prizes! City Splash will be open for free swimming from noon to 4 p.m.
The United Freestyle BMX Stunt Team from Ft. Worth, Texas, will present three shows at City Park. Scheduled times for the breathtaking performances are 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 4, evening events will be held at Chisholm Trail Park & Gazebo. A live Super Freak concert is scheduled from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chisholm Trail Stage. Free watermelon and ice cream will be served at 7 p.m. by the City of Yukon, Yukon Mobile Meals and Yukon Friends of the Park.
Patriotic music begins at 8 p.m., as well as the annual Hot Dog Eating Contest, which is fun both participants and observers. The Oklahoma City Philharmonic will present an outdoor patriotic concert at the Gazebo at 8:30 p.m. A sparkling fireworks show begins at 10 p.m.
Parks and Recreation would also like to remind dog owners that, while dogs are welcome at Freedom Fest, please keep your dogs on a leash and pick up after your pets.
Freedom Fest is hosted by the City of Yukon. Sponsors include YNB; The Kirkpatrick Family Fund; iHeart Media/96.1 KXY; Oklahoma Arts Council / National Endowment for the Arts; Schwarz Paving Company; Wesco Insurance Services; Williams, Box, Forshee & Bullard, P.C.; Tony & Beth Kouba; Arvest Bank; Veolia Water; O. G. & E.; Smith and Turner Mortuary; Spanish Cove Retirement Village; BancFirst; and Integris Canadian Valley Hospital.
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.