July 4 Celebrations Impacted By COVID-19 Precautions

Friday, July 3rd 2020, 10:39 pm
By: Clayton Cummins

Independence Day is right around the corner. Many communities, like Oklahoma City, have canceled their fireworks display because of COVID-19 but not all.

Outside the Yukon Community Center, crews are loading up the ammo for the big show Saturday night.

“I think the feeling is hopeful and just really looking forward to it across the board with our employees, with guests,” said Jenna Roberson, spokesperson for the City of Yukon.

Yukon’s Freedom Fest is scaled down this year.

If you’re looking for a good spot to watch fireworks, the city recommends parking in the Oklahoma Lot at Chisolm Trail Park which opens at 7 p.m. Those hoping to watch fireworks there should avoid parking in neighborhoods to the east of the park.

Many nearby businesses in Yukon are also offering a place to park to watch including:

•            Holly Avenue

•            Spring Creek Professional Building

•            Town and Country Christian Church

•            Parkland Elementary School

“It is important to get there as soon as possible, it is first come first serve and it does fill up very quickly,” said Roberson.

In Moore, a fireworks display and a car show is still a go at Buck Thomas Park.

“We wanted to be able to continue to social distance and eliminate activities where it might prolong contact,” said Moore City Manager, Brooks Mitchell

In Crescent, located in Logan County, larger than normal crowds are expected this year after Guthrie and Edmond canceled its fireworks display.

There is plenty of hand washing stations and sanitizer to go around.

“Everything is expanded a little bit from where it used to be as far as where people are located, where the food trucks are, where the carnival activities are,” said Mark Radford, Crescent Chamber of Commerce President.

Of course, it is recommended to keep six feet apart and wear a mask.

While enforcement may be difficult, it’s going to come down to personal responsibility.