Yukon’s Freedom Fest offers fireworks, free family fun

Thousands of people expected July 3-4 at Chisholm Trail, Yukon City parks


When it’s July 4th, there’s no better place to be than Yukon.

The city’s fantastic Freedom Fest celebration draws thousands of people each year to a festival of fun and food, topped off with two spectacular fireworks shows that rival any in the state. Admission is free.

This year, Freedom Fest begins the evening of Monday, July 3, with a Tribute to Veterans.

Freedom Fest then continues the morning of Tuesday, July 4, with a day packed full of activities.

The annual celebration is held during the day at Yukon City Park, 2200 S. Holly, and during the evening at Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W. Vandament.

Both parks interconnect, creating a 100-acre fun zone.

Giant fireworks’ shows start at 10 p.m. on July 3 and 4, so bring your family, lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy.

Six free live outdoor concerts are on the Freedom Fest agenda, including the outstanding OKC Philharmonic at 8:30 p.m. on July 4.

The Hi-Fi Hillbillies and Irv Wagner’s Concert Band perform at Chisholm Trail Park on July 3, beginning at 5 p.m. Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers serves free frozen custard at 6 p.m.

Overdrive Band and a live DJ entertain on July 4 at City Park during the day, then the disco-funk band, Super Freak, performs at Chisholm Trail Park the evening of July 4.

The OKC Philharmonic and a top-notch fireworks’ show round out the festivities at Chisholm Trail Park.

A children’s parade and other fun activities for kids, a car show, hot dog eating contest, along with free watermelon and ice cream are just some of the fun planned.

A local youth demonstrates his dance move while listening to live music during a past year’s Yukon Freedom Fest celebration. This year’s festivities will be Monday and Tuesday, July 3-4 at Chisholm Trail Park and Yukon City Park. (Photo courtesy)


Here’s what’s happening:

July 3 evening events are held at Chisholm Trail Park.

  • A live outdoor music show by the Hi-Fi Hillbillies takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is serving up free frozen custard at 6 p.m.
  • Irv Wagner’s Concert Band follows with an 8:30 p.m. patriotic tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • An awe-inspiring fireworks’ show at 10 p.m. concludes the evening, which also pays tribute to American veterans. Not able to make it inside the park but still watching the show nearby? Tune into KJ103 on July 3 to enjoy the music that plays along with the fireworks.

The July 4 daytime activities are scheduled at City Park.

  • The annual children’s Cherry Bomb Triathlon begins at 8 a.m. on the north side of Yukon Community Center, 2200 S Holly.
  • The Freedom Fest Car Show begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m.
  • A live DJ performs from 10 a.m. to noon, then Overdrive Band continues with popular tunes from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • The annual Hot Dog Eating Contest begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Car Show Stage, which is fun for both participants and observers.
  • The annual Children’s Parade starts at 11 a.m.
  • Children’s craft tents and a play area are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • City Splash will be open for free swimming from noon to 4 p.m.

July 4 evening events are held at Chisholm Trail Park and Gazebo.

  • A live Super Freak concert is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chisholm Trail Park Stage.
  • Kids; crafts and games are open from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Also at 6:30 p.m., visit the cornhole area of Chisholm Trail Park and compete in the Cornhole Tournament.
  • Free watermelon and ice cream is served at 7 p.m. by the City of Yukon, Yukon Mobile Meals and Yukon Friends of the Park.
  • The Oklahoma City Philharmonic presents an outdoor patriotic concert at the gazebo at 8:30 p.m.
  • A vibrant fireworks’ show begins at 10 p.m. Watching the show from outside the park? Tune into 96.1 KXY on July 4 to enjoy the music that plays along with the fireworks.

Freedom Fest is hosted by the City of Yukon.

Sponsors are YNB, The Kirkpatrick Family Fund, iHeart Media, 96.1 KXY, The Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Schwarz Paving Company, Krapff Reynolds Construction Company, Wesco Insurance Services, Oklahoma Natural Gas, BOK Financial Securities, OG&E, Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, BancFirst, and Integris Canadian Valley Hospital.

For more information about Freedom Fest activities, visit the City of Yukon’s website at http://www.yukonok.gov/freedomfest or call (405) 350-8937 or (405) 354-8442.