McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

June 27, 2013

Area July 4 celebrations set

By Jeanne LeFlore
Staff Writer

McALESTER —

 Independence Day has been a federal holiday celebrated on July 4 in the United States since 1941. The tradition of Independence Day celebrations dates to the American Revolution (1775-83). 
Representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain.
On July 2, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.
 From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence.
Today July 4 means fireworks and celebrations.
Here in Pittsburg County there are several venues to chose from to celebrate Independence Day.
• Kiowa will celebrate on July 5 with a fireworks display in the downtown area beginning at dark.
• McAlester will celebrate on July 4 at the Southeast Expo Center. 
Kathy Wall event organizer said the event will be big this year and although the fireworks will be outside and begin at dark, most of the celebration will begin at 5 p.m. inside the expo.
“Beginning at 5 p.m. we will have cold drinks, ice-cream and full a concession,” Wall said.
“And a live band will perform indoors, we will have a dance floor and for the children this year we will
 have lots of bigger inflatables.”
• Hartshorne will not have fireworks this year but they will have their annual rodeo for three days starting July 4 each night at 7 p.m., according to Will Dromgold at Hartshorne City Hall.
There will also be a parade downtown in Main Street on July 6 starting at noon and concessions will be available.
• Talihina July 3 the Choctaw Nation Health Services will sponsor  the eighth annual “Boom in the Valley.” 
— 5 p.m. — concessions and live music by “Straight Shot”
— 5 to 6 p.m. —5K Rocket Run registration
— 6:30 p.m. —5K Rocket Run
— 7 p.m. —Luksi (turtle) Races
— Dark— Fireworks 
• Red Oak will have its fireworks display at dark Wednesday.  A parade will begin about 4 p.m. 
• Wilburton will celebrate Independence day on July 4th at Robbers Cave State Park, according to May Mings director of the Wilburton Chamber of Commerce.
“We expect thousands of people starting early in the day,” Ming said.
“It will be a full day of fun, we will have entertainment, food vendors and inflatables for the children.”
She said fireworks will begin at dark at the park over Lake Carlton.
— Eufaula will have an all day celebration on July 4 beginning about 3 p.m. at the sports complex at the intersection of Indian and L Street, according to Gordon Pennington community developer for the City of Eufaula.
“We will have a an all-day family event with a live band, concessions and inflatables,” Pennington said.
“Fire works will begin at dusk.”
Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.