Independence Day is here and there are fun activities and spectacular displays planned across the region.
MIAMI — Turtle races, hot dog eating contests and lots more activities are planned as part of Miami’s 4th of July Extravaganza.
Oh, and by the way, there are fireworks. Lots of fireworks.
The Extravaganza, sponsored by the City of Miami and the Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be held Wednesday, July 4, in George Francis Riverview Park.
There will be plenty to do this Independence Day and beyond.
Fireworks in Miami, supervised by Scott Garber, will start at dark.
Activities start at 5 p.m. with registration for the Pizza Hut Turtle Derby. Action starts at 5:30 p.m.
Miami’s own version of the Coney Island competition — the Sonic hot dog eating contest — will have registration at 5 p.m. with the contest starting at 5:30 p.m.
Also at 5 p.m., B.A.C.A. will have fingerprinting and tattoos and assorted games, sponsored by Word of Life, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Miami Fire Department will have a misting station, Doug Pewitt for Associate District Judge will have a dunk tank and Jennifer McAffrey for Associate District Judge will sponsor family activities.
There will be free hot dogs and water at 6 p.m. provided by Sodexo, Walmart, The Stables Casino and Marvin's.
Food concessions include Maw and Paw Kettle, Frozen Cabana, J&S Concessions, Frozen Elephant and Jack’s Ice Cream.
Music will be provided by Scotty B. Fireworks at Dark by Garber.
Additional sponsors include the Miami Animal Welfare & Adoption Agency, Tint ’N More, Thulin Automotive, Susan Rhodes Real Estate, TTCU Federal Credit Union, Vance Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Miami Chevrolet Buick GMC, Ace Hardware, Stonehill Grill, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and Welch State Bank.
The 146th annual Quapaw Pow Wow will be July 4-7 at the Quapaw Pow Wow Grounds/Beaver Springs Park, 5681 S. 630 Rd. in Quapaw.
Quapaw Day will be celebrated July 4.
There will be gourd dancing, a Quapaw men’s straight contest (ages 18 and older), Quapaw women’s dress contest (ages 18 and older), Quapaw boys’ straight contest (ages 17 and under) and a Quapaw girls’ dress contest (ages 17 and under).
All Quapaw family specials must be held on July 4.
There will be gourd dancing and contest dancing, men, teen and junior fancy, traditional, straight and grass, and women, teen and junior cloth, buckskin, jingle and fancy.
Mike Burgess (Comanche) will master of ceremonies, Berky Monoessy (Kiowa/Comanche), head singer; Thorpe Sine (Ho-Chunk), head man dancer; Victoria Daniel (Quapaw/Osage), head lady dancer, and Joel Barnes (Shawnee), stomp dance coordinator.
Walter Dye (Delaware) and Dennis LittleAxe (Absentee Shawnee) will be arena directors.
Fireworks will begin at dark on July 4.
For more information, contact Mike Shawnee, 918-542-1853.
GRAND LAKE /DELAWARE COUNTY
51st Annual Huckleberry Festival
The 51st Annual Huckleberry Festival continues thru Wednesday, July 4, in Jay.
Events on Wednesday, July 4, include the free country and gospel music show at the RFC Center from 6 to 9 p.m., with fireworks concluding at 9:30 p.m.
For more information, persons interested may call the Jay Chamber of Commerce office at 918-253-8698.
Duck Creek Fireworks
Billed as one of the largest fireworks displays in the area, activities in and around south Grand Lake and Duck Creek will take place on Wednesday, July 4.
At 7 p.m. KGVE 99.3 FM will begin to broadcast the show, which highlights the evening's events at Duck Creek.
At 7:30 p.m., the pilots will begin to prepare for the flyover of Duck Creek. The F-16 flyover by the U.S. Air Force Flags Up! will begin at 8:45 p.m.
The 2018 Duck Creek Fireworks Show over Duck Creek will launch at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Cajun Fest in Grove
A day of air-conditioned comfort, mixed with hot cajun music and food, await guests at this year's Cajun Fest.
The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, at the Grove Civic Center, will include performances by the Louisiana-based group featuring Chris Miller, along with Jana Jae and Friends.
This year’s festival will also feature “The Ragin’ Cajun” Doug Kershaw in two shows, at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Admission is $5 per person. Sponsored by the Grand Lake Festivals, the event will also include a chance to dance, and eat some cajun favorites including gumbo and red beans and rice. Arts and Craft vendors will also be on hand with a variety of wares.
The fun beginning at 10 a.m., at the civic center, 1702 South Main, Grove. For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-8896.
Monkey Island Fireworks
The annual fireworks display at Monkey Island will take place on Saturday, July 7 near Shangri-La.
This year’s event has moved to Shangri-La. In addition to fireworks, there will be music and activities for kids.
If not watching from the water, participants can park at Shangri-La, Eddy’s Lakeside Bar and Shangri-La Marina. The “Grand Lawn” in front of the hotel will be a good spot to watch the fun. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.
Faith & Freedom Concert
Volunteers from LifePoint Fellowship in Kansas, will host the Faith and Freedom Concert, beginning at 5 p.m., Saturday, July 7, at the church. The event includes Building 429, DaMac, Mallory Hope, Beautiful Feet and BonRay.
The event will include bounce houses, knocker balls, mechanical bulls, water slides, food trucks, free watermelon and more.
The free event will conclude with fireworks at dusk. The church is located on Mason Street in Kansas. For more information, persons interested may call 918-868-4160.