ONEOK Freedom Fest Preps Underway Along Riverfront - KTUL.com - Tulsa, Oklahoma - News, Weather & Sports

ONEOK Freedom Fest Preps Underway Along Riverfront

Posted: Updated:

It may be a major undertaking to get the riverfront ready for the 4th of July and ONEOK Freedom Fest, but for the people involved, it is completely worth it.

One week from Thursday, the banks of the Arkansas River will be filled with spectators. The Independence Day celebration has become a Tulsa tradition, bringing people out for the patriotic holiday for around three decades.

The draw of fireworks means a lot of work for riverfront businesses, like Blue Rose, preparing for big crowds.

"This is one of our best times of the year with the 4th of July, throughout the summer and everything," said Blue Rose General Manager, Denise Retheford. "Yeah, it's absolutely crazy. We're going to have a lot of food trucks and everything this year, down around our Elwoods cabana area. We'll be doing business as usual, serving drinks, food -- that sort of thing."

But, with the crowds making their way to the river, it's a big responsibility to pay for the event and keep people coming back, year after year.

"We have to pay for police officers on holiday time, we have to pay for the clean-up, uh, the street closings, entertainment, 'Porta-Potties,' just a myriad of things," said River Parks Authority Director, Matt Meyer.

It costs a total of around $120- $130,000 dollars to put on ONEOK Freedom Fest with about $40,000 of that going toward the fireworks, alone. All of it, made possible, almost entirely by private donors.

Meyer says, even the smallest donations make a difference. "People have been giving five, ten, twenty bucks -- and that all helps."

All of it, he says, is a solid investment for the nearly 60,000 people expected to take in the sights.

  • Top Videos

  • NewsMore>>

  • Deadly Crash Shuts Down Highway 75 in West Tulsa

    Deadly Crash Shuts Down Highway 75 in West Tulsa

    Northbound lanes of Highway 75 were closed at the beginning of the morning rush hour early Friday after a deadly crash hours earlier.Drivers were being detoured at the 41st street exit. Tulsa Police say a 27-year-old man was thrown from his pickup truck when he went off the road, crashed into a guardrail and rolled down an embankment.The accident happened just after 12:45 a.m. north of 41st street.Witnesses at the scene told police they saw the truck speeding and driving erratically just befo...More >>
    Northbound lanes of Highway 75 were closed at the beginning of the morning rush hour early Friday after a deadly crash hours earlier.Drivers were being detoured at the 41st street exit. Tulsa Police say a 27-year-old man was thrown from his pickup truck when he went off the road, crashed into a guardrail and rolled down an embankment.The accident happened just after 12:45 a.m. north of 41st street.Witnesses at the scene told police they saw the truck speeding and driving erratically just befo...More >>
  • OKC Police Officer in Custody for Sexual Misconduct

    OKC Police Officer in Custody for Sexual Misconduct

    An Oklahoma City police officer has been accused of sexual misconduct and taken into custody.OKC police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was taken into custody earlier this afternoon in front of a Gold's Gym.Holtzclaw is accused of requiring women to expose themselves and perform sexual acts. He has been booked in the Oklahoma County jail on multiple charges, including rape, rape by instrumentation, forcible sodomy and sexual battery charges.Holtzclaw bond is set at five million dollars.More >>
    An Oklahoma City police officer has been accused of sexual misconduct and taken into custody.OKC police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was taken into custody earlier this afternoon in front of a Gold's Gym.Holtzclaw is accused of requiring women to expose themselves and perform sexual acts. He has been booked in the Oklahoma County jail on multiple charges, including rape, rape by instrumentation, forcible sodomy and sexual battery charges.Holtzclaw bond is set at five million dollars.More >>
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Race At Bristol To Air On Alternate Channels In Tulsa Area

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Race At Bristol To Air On Alternate Channels In Tulsa Area

    Due to Tulsa Channel 8's live airing of the St. Louis Rams preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, August 23, the schedule NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol will be moved to alternate channels as follows:Over the air--KTUL 8.3 Cox Cable---131 DISH DirecTV---ESPN Alternate Channels DISH---channel 145 DirecTV---channel 209-1More >>
    Due to Tulsa Channel 8's live airing of the St. Louis Rams preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, August 23, the schedule NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol will be moved to alternate channels as follows:Over the air--KTUL 8.3 Cox Cable---131 DISH DirecTV---ESPN Alternate Channels DISH---channel 145 DirecTV---channel 209-1More >>

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow

P.O. Box 8 Tulsa, OK 74101-0008

Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTUL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.