A variety of events including fireworks will take place this holiday weekend in celebration of America's 241st birthday.
Here's a look at what's on tap throughout the Grand Lake region.
Friday, June 30
• Vinita Fireworks
The Bob McSpadden Memorial Fireworks Show will take place on Friday, June 30, at the High School football field, 801 North Adair Street, in Vinita. The show runs from 8 to 10 p.m., with fireworks taking place at dusk.
It's sponsored by the Vinita Chamber of Commerce. The event is free, however a variety of concessions provided by various organizations will be available. For more information, persons interested may call 918-256-7133.
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• Wyandotte Nation Fireworks
The Wyandotte Nation annual fireworks display will take place from 6 to 11 p.m., Friday, June 30 at the Wyandotte Pow Wow grounds at 69563 U.S. Highway 60, a half-mile west of Indigo Sky Casino.
It will include live music, vendors and a fireworks display. The event and parking are free to the public. Individuals may bring chairs, blankets and coolers. The band will start at 7 p.m. and fireworks will begin at dark. Open fires, grills and alcohol are not allowed.
Friday and Saturday, June 30 and July 1
• RFC Music Fest
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Huckleberry Festival, a two day music festival will take place at the RFC Center outside of Jay.
On Friday, the event go from 6 p.m. to midnight and include Rick Lamb and the Phinaddicts, Read Southall Band and Travis Kidd, with special guest Johnny Dale Roberts.
On Saturday, the music begins at 2 p.m. with The Struggle, Night Train, Bryce Dicus and the Mercenaries, Confederate Railroad and Dead Metal Society, along with special guest Zachary Ryan Hall.
Saturday's event will include fireworks, at 9:30 p.m. Food vendors will be available on both days. Alcohol will be served, and strictly monitored. No outside beverages will be allowed.
Tickets are available at www.frcmusicfest.com/tickets. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the event. Tickets are also available locally at the Jay Chamber of Commerce office, and the Arvest and Grand Savings Bank branches in Jay.
Friday, June 30 to Tuesday, July 4
• Huckleberry Festival Carnival
Advanced tickets for the Huckleberry Festival Carnival, set for Friday, June 30 to Tuesday, July 4, dat the RVC Pavilion, Jay are now being sold at the Arvest Bank and Grand Savings Bank branches in Jay.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the box office. Pre-sale of wrist bands end at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 30. Wristband nights take place from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, June 30, Saturday, July 1, or Sunday, July 2, and are only good for one evening.
Saturday, July 1
• 50th Annual Huckleberry Festival
The 50th Annual Huckleberry Festival events on Saturday, July 1, include:
• all day - Shopping cart bingo, Homeland Grocery Store;
• 6 a.m. - Huckleberry Run registration, J.B. Earp Stadium;
• 7 to 11 a.m. - Pancake Breakfast, Senior Citizens building;
• 7:30 a.m. - Huckleberry Run, J.B. Earp Stadium;
• 8 a.m. to noon - Huckleberry Car Show registration, Courthouse square;
• 8:30 to 9 a.m. - Huckleberry Pie Contest registration, Mariee Wallace Museum; Frog Jump registration, DC Friendship Home.
• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Huckleberry Arts & Crafts, Community Center;
• 9 a.m. - Huckleberry Pie Contest, Mariee Wallace Museum; Frog Jump, DC Friendship Homes;
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Gunny Sack Races, McDonalds.
• 10 a.m. - Huckleberry Parade, Main Street, Downtown Jay: Turtle Derby Registration, Pizza Hut;
• 10:30 a.m. - Ice Cream & Huckleberry, Grand River Abstract; Pie Auction, Courthouse Square;
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Hamburgers and Hot Dogs, Senior Citizens Building;
• 11 a.m. - Huckleberry Milkshakes, Mariee Wallace Museum;
• 11 a.m. - Huckleberry Jam, Community Center Lawn:
• 11:15 a.m. - 34th Annual Turtle Derby, Pizza Hut:
• Noon - Hog Fry, Jay Masonic Lodge;
• 12:30 p.m. - GSB’s Digging for Worms, Grand Savings Bank.
• 1 p.m. - Hot Dog Eating Contest, Joe’s Y Store
• 2 p.m. - Arvest Carry an Okie, RFC Pavilion Parking Lot
• 2:30 p.m. - Horse Shoe Tournament, RFC Main Outdoor Stage (Music Festival Participants Only)
• 3 p.m. - Root Beer Chug-A-Lug Contest, Sonic:
• 4 p.m. - Firefighter Kids Spray, Jay City Park:
• 9 p.m. - Fireworks, RFC Main Outdoor Stage.
For more information, persons interested may call the Jay Chamber of Commerce office at 918-253-8698.
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• Cajun Fest in Grove
A day of air-conditioned comfort, mixed with hot cajun music and food, await guests at this year's Cajun Fest.
The event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 1, at the Grove Civic Center, will include performances by the Louisiana-based group featuring Chris Miller, along with Jana Jae and Friends.
Sponsored by the Grand Lake Festivals, the event will also include a chance to dance, and eat some cajun favorites including gumbo and red beans and rice.
Additionally, food truck vendors will be on site offering options such as "fish on a stick", burgers, fries and more. Arts and Craft vendors will also be on hand with a variety of wares.
The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Donations will be taken at the door to help offset the costs. Sponsors for the event include the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment of the Arts, Grove Convention & Tourism Bureau, Oklahoma Film and Music and the City of Grove.
Doors will open at 9 a.m., with the fun beginning at 10 a.m., at the civic center, 1702 South Main, Grove. For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-8896.
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• Huckleberry Run
The annual Stan Jones-Caleb Barnwell Memorial Huckleberry Run will take place beginning at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, July 1, at the J.B. Earp Football Stadium in Jay.
Registration begins at 6:15 a.m., the with 5K starting at 7:30 a.m. and the fun run beginning at 7:35 a.m.
Entries are $20 for the 5K and $10 for the fun run, in advance, or $25 and $15 on the day of the race.
For more information, persons interested may call Tricia Nichols at 918-530-9175 or 918-253-1764.
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• Huckleberry Car Show
The 50th Anniversary Huckleberry Festival Car Show will take place on Saturday, July 1, on the courthouse square in Jay.
Registration will take place from 8 a.m. to noon, with the awards presentation set for 1 p.m.
Cost is $12 in advance (by June 30) or $15 on the day of the show. Classes (include Original and Custom in each) include Classic 1940 or older, Chrome and Fins 1941 to 1960, Muscle 1961 to 1980, Early Modern 1981 to 2000 and Modern 2001 and newer.
Awards will be presented in each class, with a best of show, best of show motorcycle, firefighters choice, chamber's choice, mayor's choice and people's choice as well.
For more information, persons interested may call the Jay Chamber of Commerce at 918-253-8698 or Brandon Alexander at 918-801-2597. The event is hosted by the Jay Fire Department.
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• RFC Music Fest Fireworks
This weekend's RFC Music Fest include fireworks at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, July 1, at the RFC Center in rural Jay.
While admission is charged for the music festival, organizers said the fireworks will be on view for miles - including many locations inside of Jay. People attending the carnival on Saturday evening will also be able to see the show from the center's parking lot.
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• Faith & Freedom Concert
Volunteers from LifePoint Fellowship in Kansas, will host the Faith and Freedom Concert, beginning at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 1, at the church. The event includes Stars Go Dim, We are Messengers, Sarah Reeves, DaMar, Delco Boys and Beautiful Feet.
The free event will conclude with fireworks at dusk. The church is located on Mason Street in Kansas. For more information, persons interested may call 918-868-4160.
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• South Grand Lake Fireworks
The sixth annual Cliff Elliott Memorial "Spectacular Fireworks Show" sponsored by the Grand Lake Fireworks, Inc., will take place at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday, July 1, on south Grand Lake.
The show will be simulcast on 99.3 FM beginning at 5 p.m. The show can be viewed at the GRDA Visitors Center in Langley, the Pensacola Dam, 3 Cherokee State Parks near the Spillways, on the water in the main channel of Grand Lake, and all along the shores of South Grand Lake. The fireworks will be launched between the two Disney spillways on the water.
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• Horse Creek Fireworks
The Horse Creek Fireworks will take place at dusk, approximately 9 p.m., on Saturday, July 1, at the unfinished bridge in Grand Lake, on the east side of Bernice bridge.
The fireworks can be viewed from the Horse Creek Campground, located near the intersection of Horse Creek and 260 Road. From Littlefield's Corner, take Highway 85A to 550 Road, turn north (right) at Pride Storage. Go north to 260 Road, turn left. The campground will be down the hill from the intersection.
Sunday, July 2
• Patriotic Cantata at Cleora UMC
Members of the Cleora United Methodist Church choir will present a patriotic cantata: America, Voice of Freedom, A Vision for the Future, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 2, at Cleora UMC.
The event will provide a salute to the Armed Forces, give thanks for God’s blessings and sing of the hopes and dreams for the country - and others - as well as include music of peace.
The church is located at 451154 East 295 Road, Afton, next door to the Cleora Public Schools.
For more information, persons interested may call 918-256-3665.
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• McGlasson in Concert
Nashville recording artist Melinda McGlasson will be in concert in two venues on Sunday, July 2, in northeast Oklahoma.
The morning concert, at 10:45 a.m., is part of the worship service at Welch Baptist Church, Fifth and Curtis Street, in Welch. It will include a variety of music, including some with a patriotic theme.
The second concert takes place at 6:30 p.m., at Calvary Baptist Church, 434 North First Street in Vinita. It will include a variety of music, including some selections from McGlasson’s newest album.
McGlasson, a native of Oklahoma, is a contemporary Christian artist. She currently resides in the panhandle of Oklahoma with her husband and sons.
For more information, persons interested may contact Welch Baptist Church at 918-788-3592 or Calvary Baptist Church at 918-256-3427.
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• Monkey Island Fireworks
The annual fireworks display at Monkey Island will take place on Sunday, July 2, at the Grand Lake Regional Airport on Monkey Island.
Events kick off at 11 a.m., with the George Brothers Band taking the stage from 6 to 9 p.m., cars are invited for a car show, the bounce houses will be available for children, and a fly over will take place before the fireworks. The show will start at approximately 9:30 p.m. 3-D glasses will be available for sale for the fireworks show.
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• Huckleberry Arts & Crafts Show
The Huckleberry Arts and Crafts Show will continue from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, July 2, at the Delaware County Community Center in Jay.
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• Independence Day in Afton
The second Afton Independence Day Celebration takes place at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 2 at 520 and 230 Road across from Victors Ranch.
The event will include free children’s games, a watermelon feed and live music by Whiskey Poet Society before and after the fireworks - which are set to go off at dusk.
Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. The event is designed to be family-friendly.
For more information, persons interested may call Sandy Reynolds at 918-541-6132 or 918-919-4111.
Monday, July 3
• Independence Day at Har-Ber Village
Volunteers at Har-Ber Village in Grove will host the annual two-hour Independence Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, July 3, at the village.
The event will include lawn games, ice cream, a recital of the Pledge of Allegiance and a performance of the Star Spangled Banner by Grove’s own Broadway star, Ron Young.
Children are encouraged to bring their bikes, trikes, wagons and scooters to decorate for the Kids’ Parade. All activities are free with regular admission. To participate in all of the scheduled activities, plan to arrive by 10 a.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors 62 and above, $5 for children 6 to 13, and free for children under 6 and for village members.
For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-6446 or visit har-bervillage.com.
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• First UMC's Freedom Fest
On Monday, July 3, members of First United Methodist Church, Grove, will host the third annual "Freedom Fest" an All-Church Independence Day Celebration, beginning at 7 p.m., at the church located at 1005 Leisure Road, Grove.
The event will include games for small children, and outdoor viewing of the City of Grove's Wolf Creek Park fireworks display.
Participants are encouraged to enter the property using the paved drives from Leisure Lane, and bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. The event will include music by the church's praise band and bounce houses for kids.
The venue is designed to be a family-friendly setting to view the fireworks. Participants are asked to refrain from smoking. In keeping with city ordinances, no alcohol or fireworks will be permitted at the site.
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• Green Country Giggers
The Green Country Giggers' annual fireworks show will take place at 9:30 p.m., Monday, July 3. Organizers say the best seats are those along the Lake Eucha Bridge.
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• Third of July in Grove
The City of Grove's Third of July Celebration will take place on Monday, July 3, on the grounds of the Wolf Creek Park. It will include a variety of entertainment and activities. Events will begin at approximately 5 p.m. with an assortment of children's games with fireworks at dusk. Shuttles will be available for drivers who choose to park at the Grove Civic Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Members of the Grove Police Department will begin directing traffic at 4 p.m., which will include limited entrance and exits from the park.
The schedule of events includes 6 p.m. - Welcome by Darrell Mastin, master of ceremonies and event organizer.
The group, Borderline Bluegrass with special guest Homer Lee, will provide the entertainment. The intermission will also include a fly-over by local physician and pilot John Swartz.
At 9 p.m. local entertainer and former Broadway star Ron Young will sing the Star Spangled Banner. The fireworks, shot over Wolf Creek Park, will begin shortly after his performance.
While participants can bring in coolers, no alcoholic beverages will be allowed. Participants are asked to leave fireworks at home, keep all pets on a leash and bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on during the event.
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• Duck Creek Fireworks
Billed as one of the largest fireworks displays in the area, activities in and around south Grand Lake and Duck Creek will take place on Monday, July 3.
At 7 p.m. KGVE 99.3 FM will begin to broadcast the show, which highlights the evening's events at Duck Creek.
At 7:30 p.m., the pilots will begin to prepare for the flyover of Duck Creek. The F-16 flyover by the U.S. Air Force Flags Up! will begin at 8:45 p.m.
The 2017 Duck Creek Fireworks Show over Duck Creek will launch at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 4
• Huckleberry Fireworks
The 50th Annual Huckleberry Festival fireworks display will take place at 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, at the RFC Center, in Jay.
The event will include country and gospel music from 6 to 9:30 p.m., with the fireworks set to launch at 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
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• 4th of July Extravaganza
The annual 4th of July Extravaganza, sponsored by the City of Miami and the Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce, takes place on Tuesday, July 4, at Riverview Park in Miami.
Evening activities for children kick off at 5 p.m., with free hot dogs and water at 6 p.m. provided by Sodexo, Walmart, The Stables Casino, Marvin's, State Farm and Brown Winters Funeral Home.
The event includes the Pizza Hut Turtle Derby and the Sonic Hot Dog Eating contest, as well as other games sponsored by State Farm Jim Rexwinkle, MRCC and the National Honor Society, Slick-N-Kwick General Contractors, Penmac Staffing and B.A.C.A. Music by Scotty B and fireworks at dark by Scott Garber.