4th of July festivities will set Stephens County skies ablaze | Community

Independence Day will light up several nights in Stephens County, starting Saturday.

Duncan, Marlow, Comanche and Velma each have plans in play for their July 4 holiday celebration.

Below are some of the events taking place in Stephens County in honor of Independence Day.

Marlow

In Marlow, the annual fireworks celebration will begin at 9am on Saturday July 2 with a parade through the town centre.

The town of Marlow will kick off the festivities after the parade with the raising of the United States flag followed by the national anthem at 10 a.m. in Redbud Park.

Debbe Ridley of the Marlow Chamber of Commerce said the theme for the parade was an “old-fashioned celebration of Independence Day”.

“Any groups who wish to participate with their organizations are encouraged to participate in the parade, and individual registrations are also welcome to participate,” she said.

The parade queue will begin at 7:45 a.m. in the vicinity of Marlow High School, with the exception of horses and horse-drawn entries, which will be escorted to the line-up area just before the start of the parade. parade. These entrances will begin to line up at the parking lot of the City Hall building at 119 S. 2nd.

According to Ridley, all motorcycles should line up with automobiles on Seminole.

The parade will feature a variety of competitive categories, including vintage cars, tractor categories, tanks, best motorized off-road vehicle, best original, best modified, best decorated, best truck, as well than the prices of the equestrian division.

“House officials request that all off-road vehicles be decorated in a patriotic holiday theme,” Ridley said.

Float rewards include $75 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place, all other winning categories will receive trophies.

City Administrator Jason McPherson said throughout the evening that there will be more than 45 vendors and the entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the North Stage with Arbuckle Xpress headlining.

“(We) expect 10,000 people to walk through the park,” he said.

The evening will end with the biggest celebration in town at 9:30 p.m. at Redbud Park. The finale will be one of the biggest free fireworks displays in Southwest Oklahoma.

For more information on the exact line-up locations for parade entries and for any other questions, contact the Chamber of Commerce by calling 580-658-2212 or 580-641-0440.

Comanche

The traditional Comanche fireworks display will take place around 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 at the Comanche Field of Dreams.

According to City Manager Chuck Ralls, there will be live music and lawn games at the site before sunset, and the community is encouraged to engage in camaraderie before the fireworks begin.

Ralls said he looks forward to Saturday’s events and sees it as a great way for the community to come together and have a good time.

“I’m excited for this event because it’s going to bring a lot of people together,” Ralls said. “It’s community funded, and I’m grateful to all the people and businesses that came together to fund the fireworks.”

Ralls also expressed his gratitude to the volunteers of the Comanche Fire Department, who put on the community fireworks show each year.

“They always do a great job,” Ralls said.

The rallies encouraged the entire community to attend the event, as a city ordinance prohibits Comanche residents from setting off fireworks within the city limits.

“Please don’t force the police to come out and write you a ticket for setting off your own fireworks,” Ralls said. “Just come to our house, so everyone stays safe and has a good time.”

The Field of Dreams is located at 1016 Texas Ave. in Comanche.

duncan

In Duncan, the annual fireworks display and family festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. The celebration will continue until 10 p.m. at Abe Raizen Park. In case of rain, the show will be moved to Monday July 4th.

Starting at 6 p.m., First Baptist Church Family Fun Day will feature inflatables, rides, games, giveaways, hot dogs and bottled water, while supplies last. , before the fireworks.

Participants can park in designated areas.

According to the statement, disabled parking will be available, along with portable toilets and a cooling tent.

The Town of Duncan extended a special thank you to those who helped with the Independence Day celebration including: Fireworks Sponsor, Duncan Machine Products, The Tilley Group Fireworks Team, The First Baptist Church, Duncan Noon Lions Club, Stephens County Fair and Exhibit Center. , Duncan Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Armstrong, Members of Council: Fischer, Hayes, Peters, Wininger, and Town of Duncan staff who helped coordinate this celebration, especially City Manager Kimberly Meek, Chief Dayton Burnside Fire Department, Police Chief Danny Ford, Emergency Department Managing Director Tera Mathis, Public Works Director Buddy Hokit, Public Works Assistant Director Larry Jones, as well as several volunteers.

Abe Raizen Park is located at 2445 North N Street.

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