Woodward, Okla. —
Get ready area residents, because Independence Day festivities begin Saturday, July 3.
Activities include everything from turtle races to softball games. So if you’d like to enter your little “Scooter” or “Franklin” into every race within a 45-mile radius, or if you just want to plan your Independence Day celebration, here is a round-up of events:
Independence Day celebrations will begin early Saturday, July 3 with the Firecracker 5K Run at 7:30 a.m. at Crystal Beach Park. Fun at the park will continue with the Ambucs kids games and turtle races in the morning. Park visitors can also take advantage of an opportunity to enjoy a carriage ride through the park or take a spin around the lake in a paddle boat or kayak. In addition the Woodward Travelers Minors will be hosting a “Bottlerocket Shootout’ baseball tournament over the 4th of July weekend. In the late afternoon there will be live dance and musical performances at the band shell. The music will begin around 6 p.m. and continue until dark, when the annual fireworks display lights up the sky.
An all-day celebration will take place at the Mooreland City Park on Saturday, July 3, which of course, will conclude after dark with a fireworks display. Activities, which will begin at 9 a.m., include turtle races, bicycle races, volleyball, horseshoes, softball games, free swimming and much more. A barbecue dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the afternoon will also feature live music by T. Z. Wright and Friends.
A 2-day event taking place at Laverne’s City Park will feature games for the whole family and the annual craft show. Fun and games begin Saturday, July 3 at 8:45 a.m. with intramural volleyball, basketball, games for kids, food vendors, and unique, home-made crafts. Also Saturday, a golf scramble will start at 1:30 p.m. and a “Lucky Duck” race will be held later in the evening at 7 p.m.
On Sunday, July 4, the fun resumes early at City Park with a Lion’s Club pancake dinner at 7 a.m. followed by a 5k fun run, classic car show, turtle races, horseshoes, swimming, food, live music, a parade and much more. The day will conclude with a fireworks display after nightfall.
Buffalo will also host a 2-day celebration, which will kick-off Saturday, July 3 with the town’s annual Independence Day Softball Tournament, which draws teams from Kansas, Colorado and Texas. If you would like to play, get a team together and be at the ball field at 8 a.m.
Then on the 4th of July, families can head to Celebration Park at 3 p.m. for games, inflatables, various food and craft booths. A free dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and an electronic fireworks display, that has been called “exceptional,” will light up the sky after dark.