From Staff Reports
Yukon’s Freedom Fest is on this year despite the pandemic, and two nights of fireworks, a car show and live music will be part of the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
City officials are urging people to take precautions against COVID-19 while attending.
“We think this year’s ‘Freedom Fest” will be a wonderful event for our community,” Yukon City Manager Jim Crosby said. “Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and we’ll have tremendous fireworks shows starting at 10 p.m. both nights. We’re one of the few cities that will have a July 4th celebration this year and we’re proud to offer this to our citizens.”
Many Yukon-area residents have been stuck inside during the COVID-19 pandemic because of the state’s extended shutdown and stay-at-home orders.
“With everything that’s been going on, people are ready to get back enjoying outdoor activities with their families and friends,” Crosby said. “Our Freedom Fest will be a great patriotic celebration that everyone who attends will enjoy.
“We encourage everyone who comes out to keep a safe distance from others and wear a mask if so desired.”
Safety precautions include using hand sanitizer, wearing masks and keeping distance.
Stations will be set up for people to use sanitizer on their hands while on festival grounds at Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W Vandament Ave. and City Park, 2200 S Holly Ave.
Yukon city staff members will wear masks, and all other people are urged to wear one, according to a City of Yukon news release.
People are asked to stay 6 feet apart as recommended by health officials.
Meanwhile, the events have been announced for Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 at Chisholm Trail Park and City Park.
The car show will return this year, and fireworks shows will be each night at 10 p.m.
“Organizers are hard at work preparing for a safe return of one of Yukon’s favorite traditions!” the release states.
Live music and food trucks will be there, although the festival has been scaled back due to the coronavirus.
A tribute to veterans will be during the evening of July 3 at Chisholm Trail Park.
Oklahoma’s own Hi-Fi Hillibillies bring their rootsy, rock ‘n’ roll show to Yukon from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.
Irv Wagner’s Concert Band will be at 8:30 p.m. with a tribute to Yukon veterans.
The fireworks show will be at 10 p.m. to conclude the evening.
On Saturday, July 4, the Freedom Fest Car Show will be at City Park, 2200 S. Holly Ave.
Competition begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 2:30 p.m.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. for the Saturday car show at City Park.
Car show awards are presented at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 4 events at Chisholm Trail Park include a live show by the band Super Freak
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Chisholm Trail Stage.
The Oklahoma Community Orchestra, conducted by John Fletcher, will provide the patriotic music with fireworks at 10 p.m.
Handicapped parking is available at the Oklahoma Parking Lot, located on the north end of Chisholm Trail Park, that opens at 5:30 p.m. both nights of the fireworks shows.
Local businesses and churches may offer parking for those who are not able to park on city property.