By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2008
Every summer Americans celebrate the birth of their country, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Sapulpa, Oklahoma’s patriotic celebration is appropriately hosted each year by American Heritage Bank.
American Heritage invites everyone to “American Celebrates America,” their 12th annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. in the grassy field east of the Wal-Mart parking lot on Highway 117. A deejay will provide a variety of music as families set up their blankets and picnic baskets. Children can enjoy face painting or an inflatable gym before the fireworks begin at 9:45.
“This is a first-class fireworks show,” said Jennifer Dilley, marketing director and vice president of American Heritage Bank. Western Enterprises, the Enid-based company that puts on the River Parks fireworks show in Tulsa, is in charge of the colorful light show in the sky.
Jennifer says that this sponsorship is a way for American Heritage Bank to thank the community for its business throughout the year. She has been with American since the Fourth of July tradition began 12 years ago.
Originally, the event consisted only of fireworks, until more and more people began showing up early to enjoy a picnic before the show. Bank officials decided to make the Fourth of July an entire evening of celebration by adding activities for children and a deejay for entertainment. They also added orchestration to the fireworks, broadcast on 88.5 FM radio.
Not much has changed in the actual fireworks show over the years. “It’s a spectacular show just the way it is. People look forward to seeing it every year,” said Jennifer. The event typically attracts an estimated 15,000 people.
The fireworks will launch from the Sapulpa Municipal Golf Course across the street from Wal-Mart. They can be seen for miles, but there’s nothing like the excitement of being nearby to hear every blast, boom, pop and sizzle.
Police, fire, ambulance and Creek County emergency management personnel will be on hand to keep everyone safe. Their other goal is to assure it takes 10 minutes or less to exit the area after the fireworks.
For those who want to bring home a souvenir, American Heritage Bank will offer T-shirts for sale before the show. This year’s patriotic theme is the Stamp of Freedom.
American Heritage is a local, family-owned bank that has been in business for more than a century. It’s a full-service bank, currently building its fifteenth facility in the area, offering trust, investment, insurance and Internet services. Their latest cutting-edge service is cell phone banking.
For more information about the fireworks show or American Heritage Bank’s financial services, call Jennifer Dilley at (918) 224-3210.
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Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.