Cars line the streets, folding chairs dot the sidewalks, and Oklahoma City residents gather for miles to view one of the most popular July Fourth fireworks displays in the city, the annual downtown fireworks Fourth Fest.
Although July 4 falls on a Wednesday in 2018, since Independence Day is a federal holiday festivities will still take place on the holiday itself. Starting at 4 p.m. in the Boathouse District, there will be food trucks local bands, and lawn games, such as cornhole, badminton, bocce, and volleyball. Then, live music at the Downtown 4th Fest kicks off the festival around 7 p.m., and the fireworks display begins around 9:45 p.m.
Best Places for Viewing the Fireworks
Oklahoma City's Boathouse District is located on the south side of downtown OKC, along Lincoln Boulevard, just south of Bricktown and near the intersection of I-35 and I-40.
Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets to set up around the area. The fireworks will be visible from multiple places nearby, but the most popular spots include the Riversports area, Bricktown, and the Lawn Party area southwest of the river. You can often find parking spots along the area streets, and many downtown parking areas and lots are in or around Bricktown.
Bricktown is also one of the city's top locations for restaurants, bars, and clubs, many of which have patio or rooftop seating excellent for viewing the Independence Day fireworks. It would be a good idea to call in advance and inquire about reservations, as the top locations will likely be booked.
You can also watch the fireworks from the water by bringing your own boat to the river or renting a canoe or kayak from Riversport Adventures at the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower dock. If you own a pontoon, you'll need to buy a pass to watch the Fourth of July fireworks.
Places to Stay With Firework Views
If you want to view the Bricktown fireworks from a hotel, it's smart to book ahead, as the best Bricktown hotels fill up quite early for Fourth of July. All of these options are less than one mile from Bricktown Ballpark where the fireworks will take place and may offer views of the display:
- Courtyard Downtown at 2 West Reno
- Hampton Inn and Suites at 300 East Sheridan
- Hilton Garden Inn at 328 East Sheridan
- Homewood Suites at 328 East Sheridan
- Residence Inn at 400 East Reno
While these hotels can offer some great views of the fireworks show, it's best to go where all the action is and mingle with residents and visitors alike at the Fourth Fest in the Boathouse District. Some of these hotels offer shuttles to and from the main attractions, but you can easily walk the distance, drive there, or take public transit, too.