A variety of events including fireworks will take place this holiday weekend in celebration of America's 242nd birthday.
Here's a look at what's on tap throughout the Grand Lake region.
Friday, June 29
• Vinita Fireworks
The Sixth Annual 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 gates open at 7:30 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. Music and children's events will also take place. For more information, persons interested may call 918-256-7133.
Saturday, June 30
• Huckleberry Festival Carnival
Advanced tickets for the Huckleberry Festival Carnival, set for Saturday, June 30 to Wednesday, July 4, at the RVC Pavilion, Jay are now being sold at the Arvest Bank and Grand Savings Bank branches in Jay, and the Marie Wallace Museum.
Tickets are $20 in advance. Pre-sale of wrist bands end at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 29. Wristband nights take place from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 30, Sunday, July 1, Monday, July 2, and Tuesday, July 3 and are only good for one evening of the rider’s choice.
• Horse Creek Fireworks
The Horse Creek Fireworks will take place at dusk, approximately 9 p.m., on Saturday, June 30, 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.
• Huckleberry Festival in the Park
A series of events, connected with Huckleberry Festival, will take place on Saturday, June 30 at the Jay City Park.
An open swim session - free to participants - from 4 to 8 p.m.
A benefit hog fry for Leisa Brewster takes place beginning at 5 p.m., until gone. The meal includes hog meat, beans, coleslaw, fry bread, potatoes and more for $6 per person.
The Kids’ Spray, sponsored by the Jay Fire Department, takes place at 5 p.m.
The volleyball tournament begins with registration at 5 p.m., and the tournament at 6 p.m. Cost is $60 per team.
The horseshoe tournament takes place with registration at 5 p.m., and the tournament at 6 p.m., cost is $25 per two person team.
The Jay City Park is located at 901 North Fourth Street in Jay. Participants at all of the events happening at the park are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
• Huckleberry Festival 5K Fun Run
The annual Stan Jones & Caleb Bardwell Memorial 5K & Fun Run will take place on Saturday, June 30, at J.B. Earp Stadium in Jay.
The fun run starts at 7:30 a.m., while the 5K begins at 8 a.m. Registration begins at 6 p.m.
Day of registration is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the fun run.
To register online persons interested may visit https://runsignup.com/huckleberryrun with code: huckleberry.
• 51st Annual Huckleberry Festival
The 51st Annual Huckleberry Festival will take place from Saturday, June 30, to Tuesday, July 4, in Jay.
The event begins with the carnival, at the RFC Pavilion Parking Lot on Saturday, June 30 and Saturday to Wednesday, July 4. Wristband nights will be held on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Wristbands are $20 in advance. Pre-sale wristbands are good for one evening, and are available at Grand Savings Bank, Arvest Bank and the Mariee Wallace Museum, all in Jay, through 5 p.m. Friday, June 29.
Saturday, June 30 is filled with a variety of activities including:
• all day - Name That Show Tune, 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 Fun Run, J.B. Earp Stadium;
• 8 a.m. - Huckleberry 5K, J.B. Earp Stadium;
• 8:30 to 9 a.m. - Huckleberry Pie Contest registration, Mariee Wallace Museum; Frog Jump registration, Sixth & Main Street;
• 8 a.m. to noon - Huckleberry Car Show registration, Courthouse square;
• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Huckleberry Arts & Crafts, Community Center;
• 9 a.m. - Huckleberry Pie Contest, Mariee Wallace Museum; Frog Jump, Sixth & Main;
• 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 and 35th Annual Turtle Derby, Pizza Hut:
• 11 a.m. - Marble Tournament, Jay City Park;
• 12:30 p.m. - Gunny Sack Races, Grand Savings Bank.
• 1 p.m. - Huckleberry Car Show Award Presentation.
• 1:30 p.m. - Arvest Carry an Okie, RFC Pavilion Parking Lot
• 3 p.m. - Root Beer Chug-A-Lug Contest, Sonic:
• 4 p.m. - Bubble Games, Sudz-N-Dudz;
• 4 to 8 p.m. - Free swim at Jay City Pool, Jay City Park;
• 5 p.m. - Hog Fry to benefit Leisa Brewster, Firefighter Kids Spray, and Volleyball & Horseshoe Tournament sign ups, Jay City Park:
• 6 p.m. - Volleyball Tournament & Horseshoe Tournament, Jay City Park;
• 6 and 8 p.m. - Free music, Williamson Branch, RFC Outdoor Stage
On Sunday, July 2, the arts and crafts show continue take place from noon to 5 p.m., at the Jay Community Center.
At 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 3, the Green Country Giggers will host a parade and fireworks show at the Lake Eucha Bridge.
Events on Wednesday, July 4, include the free country and gospel music show at the RFC Center from 6 to 9 p.m., with fireworks concluding at 9:30 p.m.
For more information, persons interested may call the Jay Chamber of Commerce office at 918-253-8698.
Monday, July 2
• Wyandotte Nation Fireworks
The Wyandotte Nation annual fireworks display will take place from 6 to 11 p.m., Monday, July 2, 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.
Tuesday, July 3
• 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. Tuesday, July 3, 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.
• Green Country Giggers
The annual fireworks display, sponsored by the Green Country Giggers, will take place at 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 3, at the Lake Eucha Bridge. It will include a boat parade.
• First UMC's Freedom Fest
On Tuesday, 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.
• Third of July in Grove
The City of Grove's Third of July Celebration will take place on Tuesday, 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, followed by an assortment of music. 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.
Wednesday, July 4
• Fireworks in Jay
The 51st Annual Huckleberry Festival fireworks display will take place at 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, 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.
For more information, persons interested may call the Jay Chamber of Commerce office at 918-253-8698.
• 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 Wednesday, July 4.
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 2018 Duck Creek Fireworks Show over Duck Creek will launch at approximately 9:30 p.m.
• 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 Wednesday, 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 a variety of sponsors.
The event includes games, music and fireworks at dusk.
• 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 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, at the Grove Civic Center, will include performances by the Louisiana-based group featuring Chris Miller, along with Jana Jae and Friends.
This year’s festival will also feature “The Ragin’ Cajun” Doug Kershaw in two shows, at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Admission is $5 per person. 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. Arts and Craft vendors will also be on hand with a variety of wares.
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.
Saturday, July 7
• Monkey Island Fireworks
The annual fireworks display at Monkey Island will take place on Saturday, July 7 near Shangri-La.
This year’s event has moved to Shangri-La. In addition to fireworks, there will be music and activities for kids.
If not watching from the water, participants can park at Shangri-La, Eddy’s Lakeside Bar and Shangri-La Marina. The “Grand Lawn” in front of the hotel will be a good spot to watch the fun. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.
• Faith & Freedom Concert
Volunteers from LifePoint Fellowship in Kansas, will host the Faith and Freedom Concert, beginning at 5 p.m., Saturday, July 7, at the church. The event includes Building 429, DaMac, Mallory Hope, Beautiful Feet and BonRay.
The event will include bounce houses, knocker balls, mechanical bulls, water slides, food trucks, free watermelon and more.
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.