OKC Celebrates 125th Birthday On Tuesday

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014, 9:32 am
By: News 9

You can visit several Oklahoma City attractions on Tuesday for free to celebrate the city's 125th Birthday.

You will have to bring identification or water bill to prove you live in Oklahoma City. Some attractions taking part in the celebration include the Science Museum Oklahoma, Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and the OKC Museum of Art.

There will also be free cake from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall.

"We invite everyone to join us in historic City Hall as we celebrate 125 years of Oklahoma City history and as we set the stage for growth and prosperity in the next 125 years," Mayor Mick Cornett said. "We've come a long way since our first provisional mayor, land run proponent William L. Couch, was elected into office in 1889."

Here's a list of events happening on Tuesday to celebrate the city's 125th birthday,

City Hall Open House

Free birthday cake will be served in the second floor lobby of City Hall between 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and a giant birthday card will be hung in the lobby for all to sign. The City's first motorized fire rig, a fully restored 1910 engine, will be on display on City Hall's east plaza. Free tours of historic City Hall will be offered every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours will begin from the building's second floor lobby.

History Presentation

People of all ages can join the Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, Dr. Bob Blackburn and local architect Jim Loftis at 2 p.m. in the City Council Chamber for a historical presentation and illustration of Oklahoma City history.

Oklahoma City! Sooner or Later….exhibit

Visitors can explore the history of City departments in the latest installment of "Oklahoma City! Sooner or Later…"

Civic Center Tours

The Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker, will also offer free, behind the scene tours at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tours will begin from the Meinders Hall of Mirrors on the second floor.

Festival of the Arts

The annual Festival of the Arts will celebrate the City's birthday all week with children's art activities inspired by Oklahoma City's history. The activities take place in the Children's Art Field at the Myriad Botanical Gardens for just $2. The festival runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Spokies OKC History Tour

People who prefer to learn about Oklahoma City's history from a bike can register for a free Spokies bike history tour of downtown. Stops will include City Hall, Overholser Mansion, Automobile Alley, the former Calvary Baptist Church and more. The tour is open to people age 16 and older and will leave from the Spokies stand at the downtown library at 6 p.m. on April 22. Bikes will be provided. Register here.

Free Admission to Participating Attractions

Several local tourist attractions will celebrate the City's birthday with free admission. Participants include Science Museum Oklahoma, Henry Overholser Mansion, Red Earth Museum, The American Banjo Museum, Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, ASA Hall of Fame complex and the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory at Myriad Gardens. The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City will offer a free coupon booklet worth more than $300 in savings, which can be picked up at the customer service desk inside the food court.

Free Bus Rides

METRO Transit is offering free bus rides on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day and the City's Birthday.

Free Trees for Classen-Ten-Penn

Access Midstream will beautify the Classen-Ten-Penn neighborhood with the gift of 125 free trees.

Children's Education

Oklahoma City is partnering with Oklahoma City Public Schools to promote two contests for the 125th birthday. Children in first through third grade will compete to design the best birthday card for the City.

For more information, call (405)-297-2578 or log on to www.okc.gov.