By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2008
The youth fishing tournament at the Claremore Fourth of July celebration is a favorite every year for kids and adults. (L to R): Cliff Braughton, Nan Pope, Claremore Police Chief Mickey Perry and a proud parent stand with the 2007 winners.
The fourth of July is about celebrating our country and our freedom with loved ones. The city of Claremore invites you and your family to Claremore Lake Park on Friday, July 4 to commemorate America’s official birthday. The event will include food, music, great kids’s activities, and, of course, a fireworks extravaganza. “We want everybody to come out,” said Joe Kays, Claremore’s parks and recreation director. “We’re thrilled to be hosting this celebration. It’s a great time for families to relax and enjoy spending some time together.” Admission and parking are free.
The celebration kicks off the morning of July 4 with a free youth fishing tournament, sponsored by area businesses and coordinated by Claremore Lake Park Rangers and community volunteers. The park opens at 7 a.m., and the tournament takes place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Children compete in groups according to their age: 4 to 6 years, 7 to 9 years, and 10 to 12 years. Prizes will be awarded to each age group for catching the most fish, the biggest fish and the smallest fish. Last year the tournament had 375 participants. This year the first 400 entrants will receive a free rod, reel, tackle pack and snack. Bait is provided. Participation in the event is free, and a parent or guardian must be present.
After the fishing tournament, the park closes for fireworks preparation and re-opens at 6 p.m. The evening’s entertainment will feature bands playing a variety of styles, including country with Sixx Gunn Hill, bluegrass with Heartland Xpress, and classic rock and R&B with Fortunate Soul.
For the kids, fantastic inflatables will be on hand for a small fee, including a twenty-foot slide, a Spiderman Jupiter Jump and a castle obstacle course. At 7 p.m., kids and adults can enjoy a show from Magic Mike of Claremore’s Spotlight Magic & Costumes. The national anthem and raising of the flag begins at 7:30 p.m.
The highlight of the evening, the fireworks display, is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. The internationally award-winning Western Enterprises will be handling the festivities. Expect a professional show – Western Enterprises also did the fireworks for last year’s centennial celebration. The fireworks will last about 20 minutes and will be accompanied by patriotic music. If you can’t hear the music from where you’re sitting, don’t worry – it will be simulcast on RSU Radio 91.3 FM.
“This is a really excellent show. When the patriotic music comes on, it’s very moving,” said Dell Davis, CEO and president of the Claremore Chamber of Commerce. “The event is a way to show our appreciation for veterans and what they’ve sacrificed for us. We don’t want to take what we have in America for granted.”
Weather permitting, parking for the celebration will be at the Will Rogers Roundup Club Arena, with handicapped parking available inside the park. All parking is free.
Concessions will be available in the park. Attendees are welcome to bring their picnic favorites, but glass bottles and alcohol are not allowed.
The fireworks spectacular is sponsored by the City of Claremore. Volunteers who make up the committee include Dell Davis, Joe Kays, Tanya Andrews, Linda Biles, Nan Pope, Cliff Braughton, Jason Crandall and Jeff Barlow. The Thunderbird Youth Academy assists with parking.
Claremore Lake Park will close at the end of the day on Tuesday, July 1 for event preparation and will not re-open until the festivities on Friday, July 4. Dates, times and events are subject to change, and private fireworks, alcohol and pets are not permitted. For more information on the Fourth of July celebration, as well as other Claremore events, call the Claremore Chamber of Commerce or go online to www.claremore.org.
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