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4th of July Celebrations in Oklahoma

Lots of celebrations going on this weekend around the state. Lots of parades, festivals, parties, and fireworks. Try to get out and enjoy!! As always. please check on the exact time and location of each event.

June 29th– July 2nd

Independence Day Celebration- Salina

July 1st

Purcell Independence Day Celebration- Purcell Lake

Bixby Freedom Celebration- Bixby Bentley Park

Boomer Blast Firework Show- Stillwater Boomer Lake Park

Vinita Fireworks Show- Vinita High School

Stonewall’s 4th of July Celebration- Stonewall Blair Park

Johnston County Red, White & Boom Celebration- Tishomingo Pennington Creek Park

July 2nd

Liberty Fireworks Bash- Nicoma Park

Stars and Stripes Block Party- Oklahoma City Riversport

ParkFest- Edmond Mitch Park

Blanchard Independence Celebration- Blanchard Independence Park

Bethany Freedom Fest- Bethany Eldon Lyon Park

Lawton Fort Sill Freedom Festival- Lawton Elmer Thomas Park

Frontier City- Oklahoma City

Stonewall’s 4th of July Celebration- Stonewall Blair Park

Johnston County Red, White & Boom Celebration- Tishomingo Pennington Creek Park

Canton 4th of July Celebration- Canton Lake

Independence Day Celebration- Collinsville City Park

Rockin’ the Park- Medicine Park

Claremore 4th of July Celebration- Claremore

4th of July Celebration- Granite

Fireworks A’ Poppin’ Independence Day Celebration- Guthrie Jelsma Stadium

Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration- Marlow Redbud Park

Eufaula Independence Day Weekend- Eufaula Cove

Laverne 4th of July Celebration- Laverne City Park

July 3rd

Frontier City- Oklahoma City

Family Freedom Fest- Mustang The Bridge Church

Freedom Fest- Yukon Chisholm Trail Park

Rockin’ the Park- Medicine Park

Eufaula Independence Day Weekend- Eufaula Cove

Laverne 4th of July Celebration- Laverne City Park

Independence Day Celebration at Wolf Creek- Grove Wolf Creek Park

Grand Lake Fireworks- Disney

Fire on the Water- Sperry Cross Timbers Marina

Meeker Independence Day Celebration- Meeker Lake

Red, White & Boom- Oklahoma City Scissortail Park

Fairview’s Festival & Fireworks- Fairview Specht Park

City of Sand Springs Fireworks Show- Sand Springs Case Community Park

Independence Celebration- Seminole

Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Show- Edmond Rose Creek Golf Club

July 4th

LibertyFest Parade- Edmond Downtown

LibertyFest Fireworks- Edmond E.C. Hafer Park

4th of July Celebration- Tipton- July 4th

Frontier City- Oklahoma City

Freedom Fest- Yukon Chisholm Trail Park

Choctaw Independence Day Celebration- Choctaw Creek Park

Celebration in the Heartland- Moore Buck Thomas Park

Norman Day and Independence Day- Norman Reaves Park

Tribute to Liberty- Midwest City Joe B Barnes Regional Park

4th of July Parade and Pancake Breakfast- Piedmont Park

Piedmont Patriotic Country Fair- Downtown Piedmont

City of Tuttle Fireworks- Tuttle Football Field

Rockin’ the Park- Medicine Park

Laverne 4th of July Celebration- Laverne City Park

Fire on the Water- Sperry Cross Timbers Marina

Heroes of America Fireworks Show- Lawton Apache Event Field

Tulsa FreedomFest- Tulsa River Parks

Oklahoma City Dodgers Independence Day Celebration- Oklahoma City Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Independence Celebration- Kingfisher County Fairgrounds

Hometown Independence Day- Waynoka

Sallisaw 4th of July Celebration- Sallisaw Willow Valley Venue

July 4th Games on the Square- Pawnee Courthouse Square

Fireworks at the Lake- Pawnee Lake

Fireworks Extravaganza & 4th of July Celebration- Pauls Valley Wacker Park

Bartlesville 4th of July Freedom Fest- Bartlesville Sooner Park

Jay Fireworks Display- Jay City Park

Lake Raymond Gary 4th of July Fireworks- Fort Towson Raymond Gary State Park

Duck Creek Fireworks- Afton

Tonkawa 4th of July Celebration- Tonkawa Blinn Memorial Park

Cherokee 4th of July Celebration- Cherokee

Food Friday: Interurban Restaurant

In the Oklahoma City metro there are some restaurants that are locally owned and have been part of the scene for many years. Interurban is a perfect example, they have been here since 1976 and still serve up good food.

I have had the opportunity to visit a couple of locations recently and both times the food has been excellent. Both visits I had the chicken fried steak. A nice size steak, breaded with cream gravy poured over it. The steak itself is fork tender and the breading was fried to a crisp brown. The mashed potatoes had a slight hint of garlic, which was different and the okra was also fried to a golden perfection. We started with the cracker-breaded mozzarella sticks, which were deep fried perfectly- crisp on the outside and melty inside. Big K had the flamethrower burger which he said was flavorful but not overly spicy.

I have had many other menu items over the past 40+ years that I have been going to Interurban. My first burger from there was not long after it opened at their original location in downtown Norman. I was maybe 5 or 6 and my grandfather picked up some burgers for dinner. I had only really eaten McDonald’s burgers or homemade ones to that point and can honestly say that burger was the best thing my young mouth had ever eaten. I think that I have spent the rest of my life trying to recreate that experience when I eat out. Now they are called Interurban because they got their start in the building that had been an interurban station built in 1917 for the trolley lines that went from Oklahoma City to Norman. After 1947 when the interurban lines shut down it was converted to a bus station. The restaurant was opened in 1976 and later moved to a location closer to I-35 in the 1990’s.

I give them 5 strips of bacon because they have been able to have good food for over 40 years.

Locations: 1150 Ed Noble Dr., Norman; 11316 W Reno, Yukon; 1301 E Danforth Rd., Edmond; 300 E Grand Ave., Chickasha; 322 Holiday Dr., Ardmore; 717 S. Houston Ave., Tulsa.

Food Friday: Smoked Out Barbeque

There are lots of barbeque places in Oklahoma, some are good and to be honest, some aren’t. One of my favorites is right down the road from me- Smoked Out BBQ. If you are a regular driver on NW Expressway, you might know about Smoked Out but if you have only been by a few times, it’s easy to miss. Tucked up off the road in a small strip mall, it almost looks like another marijuana store but in reality they have some really good barbeque.

They have a large menu of dinners, sandwiches, sides, and desserts. My go to is a 2-meat dinner with brisket and smoked sausage. The brisket is always tender and juicy, with just enough char on the edges. The smoked sausage is also really flavorful with just a hint of spicy. I also get 2 sides- fried okra and Jacq and cheese, their version of mac and cheese. The fried okra is always good, fried crispy and served in a huge mound. The Jacq and cheese is just about as popular as their barbeque, penne swimming in a thick cheese sauce.

Service is always great. The green glow in the restaurant gives a calming effect when dining with them. I give them 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 6220 NW Expressway, Suite B, Oklahoma City.

Food Friday: Route 66 Donuts

There are donut shops all over the OKC metro, one of my favorites is Route 66 Donuts, between Council Road and Lake Overholser. Located at the end of a small strip mall right on Route 66, it’s quick and easy to get in and out.

I’m not lying when I tell you that they have the best apple fritters in the Oklahoma City metro, I have never had an apple fritter with so much apple. Has to be at least half an apple in each one. Not too much cinnamon or glaze, these are seriously the best fritters in town. I also love their donuts, just regular light fluffy donuts with different toppings. The chocolate and maple are always favorites. And not to leave out their sausage rolls. The small ones are breakfast sausage sized with dough wrapped around them. The larger ones are sausage patties with cheese and the dough wrapped around it all. I like both but feel there is just too much dough for my liking in a breakfast food.

Service is always great and the employees are always friendly. I recommend stopping by and trying those apple fritters. I will give them 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 8368 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany.

Food Friday: Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant

Just like burger places, there are lots of options for Mexican or Tex-Mex food in the Oklahoma City metro. One that I love is a small restaurant in Warr Acres that serves some really good food. Tucked away in a strip mall on the southeast corner of NW 39th Expressway and MacArthur, this is a hidden gem that’s getting more popular.

We stopped by on a cloudy Friday night, our second visit in a year, it was busy enough but not too crowded. We immediately were seated and brought chips, salsa, and queso. The first thing we tried on this visit was the queso fundido. If you haven’t tried this dish, it’s chorizo fried with onions and peppers then served in a cast iron skillet with a cheese topping. It was really very good, not too much spice but different from the complementary salsa and queso. Now I ordered my standard chimichangas with shredded beef and sour cream sauce topping it, served of course with beans and rice. I really like their chimichangas, the beef was a shredded fajita meat and the sour cream sauce has a cheese tang that I really enjoy, much different from other Tex-Mex places in town. Big K had the burritos El Paso, this dish has marinated steak with a cheese and green sauce on top, also served with beans and rice. He liked the steak, said it nice and tender with a good flavor.

Service was really great. Our server was good and the food was prepared quickly, so not a long wait. The ambiance is also nice, the painted tables and chairs lighten the room. I give them 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 3800 N MacArthur Blvd., Suite A, Warr Acres.

What’s going on in Oklahoma: Weekend of April 22nd-24th

It’s April and there are lots of fun things to do in Oklahoma!! Get out and enjoy!! As always please check on the status of each event.

Festival of the Arts- Oklahoma City Bicentennial Park- Apr 19th– 24th

Better Barrel Races World Finals- Oklahoma City Oklahoma State Fair Park- Apr 20th– 24th

89er Days Celebration- Guthrie- Apr 20th– 23rd

Philbrook Wine Experience- Tulsa Philbrook Museum of Art- Apr 21st– 23rd

Waynoka Rattlesnake Hunt- Waynoka- Apr 22nd– 24th

OKCine Latino Film Festival- Oklahoma City- Apr 22nd– 24th

Springs Home and Outdoor Living Expo- Tulsa Expo Square- Apr 22nd– 24th

Civil War Days at Har-Ber Village- Grove- Apr 22nd– 24th

Market on the Meadows- Shawnee- Apr 22nd– 23rd

Tulsa Earth Day Celebration- Tulsa Arts District- Apr 22nd– 23rd

Health and Fitness Expo- Oklahoma City Convention Center- Apr 22nd– 23rd

Cruisin’ the Chisholm Trail Car and Motorcycle Show- Duncan- Apr 22nd– 23rd

89ers Day- Lexington- Apr 22nd-  23rd

Salt Plains Crystal and Birding Festival- Jet Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge- Apr 22nd– 23rd

A Taste of Claremore- Claremore- Apr 23rd

Emerald Jubilee Iris Show- Oklahoma City Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center- Apr 23rd– 24th

Kites Over Enid- Enid Autry Technology Center- Apr 23rd– 24th

Enid Home Show- Enid Chisholm Trail Expo Center- Apr 22nd– 24th

Street Kings Car Show- Guthrie Logan County Fairgrounds- Apr 23rd

Mountain Gate Poker Run- Talihina- Apr 23rd

Jenks Herb and Plant Festival- Jenks- Apr 23rd

2022 Sooner Football Spring Game- Norman Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium- Apr 23rd

Earth 1st Expo- Ardmore- Apr 23rd

Mustang City Wide Garage Sale- Mustang- Apr 23rd

Footloose Festival- Elmore City Community Center- Apr 23rd

Wonders and Wisdom Expo- Oklahoma City Oklahoma State Fairgrounds- Apr 23rd– 24th

Oklahoma Buckskin Bloomin’ Blowout Show- Tulsa Expo Square- Apr 23rd– 24th

Cruis’n Oklahoma Hennessey Edition- Hennessey- Apr 24th

Cool piece of art at the Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City

Food Friday: Cajun Corner

Cajun Corner opened a few years ago at the SE corner of NW Expressway and Council and they have been a favorite of mine ever since. They have a good selection of po’boys, blackened dishes, pasta, and different seafood baskets.

My favorite is the fried shrimp basket, complete with Cajun fries and hushpuppies. We usually get this to go, the biggest reason- this is where I like to have my dinner from on nights I mow the grass. Yes I know that sounds strange. In the past I would get a Wendy’s Baconator with a Dr. Pepper but since Cajun Corner opened, I send my husband here for dinner. The fried shrimp basket is perfect to cool off with after mowing. Yes I do mow my own yard, started mowing my grandmother’s yard when I was 10 and it just became relaxing to me no matter how much I sweat. But back to Cajun Corner, this basket is simple and they make it quick. Now if I go into their location for dinner I try different things. Their fried shrimp po’boy and crawfish po’boy are excellent. They also have a ribeye Philly cheesesteak that’s pretty good as is the crabby patty, a burger with crab salad. The loaded shrimp fries are also a treat, lots of spice to kick it up. I keep meaning to try their oysters, they have to be done a certain way (the way my grandma Farley cooked them). I’m also interested in their pasta dishes. The owners have done so well with this location that they opened a second location in the Uptown district. I haven’t been there yet but need to try it out as well seeing that they have different menu items.

The service has always been great, no matter if I call the order in for pickup or if I go in. The food is always good. My only real downside with the Council location is the parking lot, but that’s more on the strip mall owners. I definitely give them 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 9200 N Council, Suite A, Oklahoma City; 312 NW 23rd St., Oklahoma City.

What’s going on in Oklahoma: April 14th- 17th

It’s Easter weekend, might be a bit chilly but there are still plenty of things to do in Oklahoma. As always, please do a Google search to make sure events are still occurring.

Traber’s Ultimate Food Fair- Oklahoma City 4141 NW Expressway- Apr 14th

Twilight Easter Eggstravaganza- Ardmore Regional Park- Apr 14th

Apache Rattlesnake Festival- Apache- Apr 14th– 17th

Stillwater Music Festival- City of Stillwater Community Center- Apr 15th– 16th

OK Roots Global Bash- Tulsa Arts District- Apr 15th– 16th

Stillwater Arts Festival- Stillwater- Apr 15th– 16th

Easter Bunny- Oklahoma City Shoppes at Northpark- Apr 15th– 16th

Express Ranches Classic- Tulsa BOK Center- Apr 15th– 16th

Tri-State Carnival- Enid Oakwood Mall- Apr 15th– 24th

Okie Country Home, Garden and Outdoor Expo- Muskogee- Apr 16th

Easter Eggstravaganza- Oklahoma City Orr Family Farm- Apr 16th

Holy City of the Wichitas Easter Passion Play- Lawton Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge- Apr 16th

Easter Egg Hunt- Pawnee Bill Ranch- Apr 16th

Easter Egg Hunt- Claremore Will Rogers Memorial Museum- Apr 16th

Cruise in for Coffee- Midwest City- Apr 16th

Easter Express Train and Egg Hunt- Oklahoma City Oklahoma Railway Museum- Apr 16th

Jay Easter Egg Hunt- Jay City Park- Apr 16th

Native Indian Taco and Arts and Crafts Sale- Oklahoma City Church of the Open Arms UCC- Apr 16th

Tulsa Oddities and Curiosities Expo- Tulsa Expo Square- Apr 16th

Easter Eggstravaganza- Piedmont- Apr 16th

Herbal Affair and Festival- Sand Springs Triangle Park- Apr 16th

Easter Eggstravaganza at Foss State Park- Foss- Apr 16th

Easter Egg Hunt- Jenks Oklahoma Aquarium- Apr 16th

Heard on Hurd- Edmond- Apr 16th

The Great Easter Egg Hunt- Ardmore- Apr 16th

Family Day at the Birthplace Ranch- Oologah Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch- Apr 16th

Eggstravaganza- Oklahoma City Zoo- Apr 16th– 17th

Spring Market at Red Bird Farm- Enid- Apr 16th

Choctaw Easter Egg Hunt- Choctaw Creek Park- Apr 16th

Me at Crossroads Mall Easter 1974

Food Friday: Enid Brewing Company

We took a trip to Enid a few weekends ago, found several places that looked interesting for dinner but since I promised Big K a beer we stopped here to try them out. I was interested because it was located in an old building in downtown Enid, of course he was interested because it had locally brewed beer.

When you go in, you order at the bar, then choose a seat. We decided to start with a pioneer pretzel, a huge warm pretzel served with a side of beer cheese. This was good, it was just a standard big pretzel and the beer cheese was good but didn’t have a tanginess I’ve come to enjoy with other beer cheeses. I only had a water to drink (since I was driving) but Big K had a pilsner. He really liked it, said it had a rich flavor with notes of chocolate. On their website they claim that they track the beer from grain to glass. I believe the grain is grown locally around Enid. They do have a limited menu with only a few burgers, a few salads, and a couple of sandwiches. I tried the queso patty melt. The bread was buttery and toasted, lots of beer cheese smothered over the top but the meat was too salty. I felt that the flavor of the meat was being covered by the salt. It was really disappointing since the meat was locally sourced, should let the flavor of the meat shine through not cover it with salt and spices. No choice on sides, you only get chips (like Ruffles or Lays), which was also disappointing. Big K got the bacon jam burger, he liked it, it does have a bit of a kick to it with the jalapenos. I had a bite, it was ok but still the problem with the salty meat.

Service was spotty at best. No one came to refill my water, which was an issue since the hamburger meat was so salty. We also had to ask for menus when we walked in, we had never been there so didn’t know their menu. The building looked interesting, possibly had been a Masonic Lodge built around 1900. From their website I believe you can rent rooms on the second floor, like a bed and breakfast. Overall, I’m giving them 2 strips of bacon. I understand they’re a bar but the food could have been better.

Address: 126 S Independence Ave., Enid.

Food Friday: Burger Station

Since last Saturday was a good day for a drive, I took off to the northwest corner of Oklahoma to do some exploring and I found a good burger joint in the middle of Okeene.

Right in between two old service stations is a small building that is the home of the Burger Station. Painted a bright blue to catch your attention, it sits on State Highway 51 a block east of the intersection with State Highway 8. Being that was 12:30p, the place was packed but I was lucky to get a parking spot right out front. The dining room was small but not too crowded and we walked right up to the counter to order. For such a small restaurant, they had a big menu that included lots of burgers, sandwiches, and even pizza. I got a bacon cheeseburger with a side of chili cheese tots. It didn’t take long for our food to arrive, everything looked great. The burger was excellent, 1/3rd pound of fresh beef with bacon and American cheese on top. The bun was fresh and soft, didn’t take away from the taste of the meat. This was just a straight up no frills burger, the way it should be. The chili cheese tots were good as well, tots were fried to a crisp perfection and the chili wasn’t out of a can, no it was homemade with the same meat as used in the burgers.

Even though the restaurant is small and in an old building, it was clean and the staff was really great. I loved the old sign decor, lots from not only petroliana but from local places as well. There were even pics of Okeene from the past on the wall. I give the Burger Station 5 strips of bacon, definitely worth the drive to Okeene.

Address- 118 E Oklahoma, Okeene.

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