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