Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Area 4th of July Celebrations

The Fourth of July in Sequoyah County features fun and fabulous fireworks throughout the county, and celebrations will be held Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Roland’s July 4th Celebration will be Saturday, July 2. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. at the Roland Park and ends with a bigger and better fireworks show after dark. The day includes free admission at the Roland pool, water slide, and the Roland Fire Department Slip-N-Slide, and food and craft vendors. Anyone interested in a free booth spot contact Dave Richards at 918-427-7474 or Melissa Lowe at 918-776-0848.

Vian’s Fireworks Extravaganza will be Sunday, July 3, at St. John Stadium. Vian’s Favorite Sons and Daughters and Mayor’s Choice awards will be presented around 8 p.m., prior to the fireworks show at dusk. The Vian Community Foundation sponsors the fireworks show and the Favorite Sons and Daughters awards. For more information contact Suzanne Sullivan at (918) 773-7362.

Webbers Falls is planning an old-fashioned, down-home Fourth of July in the city park on the banks of the Arkansas River. The fireworks show, which begins at dusk, is sponsored and funded by the Webbers Falls Volunteer Fire Department. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. when the First Baptist Church holds their Pig in the Park affair. The event includes inflatables, pony rides, horse-drawn carriage rides and a dunk tank. A designated area is also set aside for individuals to set off their own fireworks. A guest speaker has been invited, and the food will be served at 5 p.m. All activities and the food are free.

Lake Tenkiller’s popular fireworks show will also be at dusk on July 4. The Lake Tenkiller Fireworks Extravaganza is held on the south end of Lake Tenkiller near Tenkiller State Park. Organizers say the area between the two big islands affords excellent viewing for boaters. The shoot site is higher in elevation than previous sites and should provide good viewing around parts of the lake, and also as far north as Cookson Bend and Sixshooter.

The event is sponsored through donations to the Greater Tenkiller Area Association (GTTA), and George Harris, GTAA board member, said this show has the possibility to be the biggest ever. “All the money we raise goes directly toward the fireworks,” Harris said. Harris said the fireworks show at Lake Tenkiller is always a sight to behold and is a great way for people and families to enjoy a quality display.

Sallisaw’s Fourth of July Celebration includes the annual fireworks show which shoots off at dusk, or about 9.30 p.m., Monday at Sallisaw High School. The show is sponsored by Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce members. Marley Abell, fireworks committee chairman, said this year’s show will be the biggest and best ever. Abell said this year’s $12,000 show will include about 8,000 shells. The show will last about 30 minutes. In case of rain, the show will be presented on July 5.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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