Thursday, July 2, 2009

FreedomFest 2009 - A Tulsa July 4th Community Celebration of Fireworks and Entertainment Galore!

Tulsa’s largest fireworks display will be at the River Parks near the 21st Street Bridge on Saturday, July 4th, and entertainment can be found at two locations on the east side of the river and one location on the west bank. Entertainment and street closings begin at 5:00 and the fireworks launch at 9:30. Crowds in excess of 80,000 are anticipated to attend and enjoy this Tulsa Community Celebration.

Demetrius and I have the closest residence to the 21st Street Bridge. Drop by for homemade ice cream, Greek chicken, American burgers and a beer. Bring lawn chairs and bug spray. The high for the day is expected to be 105, and chance of rain is only ten percent!

West bank: Kids can enjoy free inflatables, a rock climbing wall and other activities at the River West Festival Park. Vendors will offer food and beverages for sale. There will be live music from about 6 to 9 pm which will continue immediately after the fireworks display. Paid parking will be available for $5 per vehicle.

East Bank: Live music will begin around 6 pm on the east bank of the Arkansas at 1924 S. Riverside Drive, the former home of the River's Edge Bistro. Concessions will be available for purchase. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets, as seating is not provided.

Veteran's Park: Tulsa Parks will host their annual American Salute, an old-fashioned family picnic and concert at Veteran's Park, 1875 S Boulder Avenue. Live entertainment will begin around 6 pm with performances by Cindy Cain and Jennifer & Pete Marriott. Vendors will offer food and beverages for sale.

Street closings: The entire 21st Street Bridge will be TOTALLY CLOSED from 11 am to midnight to prepare for the fireworks. Other streets closing from 5 pm to 10:30 pm are: Residential streets from Jackson to Southwest Blvd. between 17th and 23rd Streets. (Jackson Avenue will remain open.)
Riverside Drive, from Southwest Boulevard to 31st Streets.

No parking permits are issued to residents this year. Residents are told that we (and our guests) will be able to access our residences by approaching from the east. Please provide the guards at the barricades your address and they will let you through.

For more information, visit the event's web site: http://www.tulsafreedomfest.com/ or call 596-2001.

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