Celebrations Galore Mark Fourth of July Weekend

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The big firecracker weekend is coming up, so get out those United States flags and give them a pressing, practice up on your salutes and get out there to celebrate the ceremonies for which this holiday was declared.

And then, celebrate!!!

From 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, you can attend a carnival and the Bricktown Block Party. Then, at 9 a.m. Saturday, you can go to Nichols Hills Park and watch their colorful parade of children and adults, costumed and casual. If you hustle, you can get downtown to Bricktown to watch another Fourth of July parade, which will begin at Park Ave. and go down Hudson Ave. to Sheridan Ave. and cross to Bricktown before concluding.

Arts and crafts booth and the carnival will be open by then, and the American Heritage Jamboree Motorcycle Show will be taking place at Piggy's Bar-B-Q. After formal opening ceremonies on the Bricktown Main Stage, entertainment will begin there and throughout Bricktown. A patriotic show at 8:45 p.m. will be followed by a fireworks show at 9:45 p.m., and bands will play on the main stage until midnight.

On Sunday, activities at Bricktown will begin at noon and continue until midnight, with the pyrotechnics scheduled at 10 p.m.

As if that were not enough, a family-oriented celebration Sunday from 6-10 p.m. in Myriad Botanical Gardens will be presented by the City of Oklahoma City and Downtown NOW Inc., with additional support by Evans Home Furnishings Mall, The Daily Oklahoman and The Sunday Oklahoman, KXY Radio, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. and Devon Energy Corp.

Additional sponsors are Dwight and Janice Journey, Fred Jones Industries Inc., William E. Davis and Sons Inc., Leadership Square Building Management, Merrill Lynch, Journey House Travel, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., Bob Moore Cadillac, American Fidelity Companies Inc., MG Novelty and Prime Time Travel.

During the evening will be the Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker Contest, garden games, live entertainment on the Water Stage and stupendous fireworks at 9:45 p.m. (Seems as if, positioned right, you could see these fireworks and the Bricktown conflagration 15 minutes later!)

Guests are welcome to bring blankets and picnic baskets to the Myriad Gardens, although a variety of concession booths will be open. The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory and Gift Shop will have extended hours and will remain open until 10:30 p.m. that night.

A special entertainment will feature "Porkus Presley and the Critter Superstars," Porkus being a seven-foot-tall singing pig. The Nichols Hills Community Band will play, in case you miss hearing them Saturday morning on their home grounds.

What fun. But take care and do not do your own fireworks. They are dangerous and should be handled by professionals. Even sparklers, which kids of all ages enjoy, are dangerous. Have a safe and enjoyable long weekend. . . And, speaking of celebrations, Hannah Diggs Atkins is having one. Hers is a celebration of marriage.

The former Oklahoma secretary of state married investment banker Everett P. O'Neal June 12 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Oklahoma City. They are at home in Kansas City after a wedding trip to Hawaii.

Secretary of human resources during the administration of Gov. Henry Bellmon and for 12 years a member of the state House of Representatives, the new Mrs. O'Neal has had an endowed chair named in her honor established at Oklahoma State University. Chairman of the board of O'Neal Investments of Kansas City, the groom was the recipient of the 1992 Bridge Building Award given by the Kansas City Globe for community leadership and once was named Mr. Kansas City by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Here's a wish for great happiness to Hannah and the lucky bridegroom. . . Shirley Thomson Smith has been a busy lady. …