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July 3, 2013

Fourth of July in northwest Oklahoma

ENID, Okla. — Enid area residents are in for a treat on the Fourth of July with annual activities at Meadowlake Park and Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse.

Enid Symphony Orchestra will host an open house and open rehearsal 4-6 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Enid Symphony Center, 301 W. Broadway. The orchestra will rehearse “POPS Goes the Fourth,” the music for the program at Meadowlake Park, which begins later at 8:30.

“This is a wonderful time to tour the facilities and listen to the orchestra as our guest,” said Douglas Newell, Enid Symphony Orchestra director.

The fireworks display will begin at dark and will be presented by Western Enterprises. It is sponsored by Liberty Federal Savings Bank and the city of Enid.

The symphony performance will feature music by three great American songwriters: Hoagy Carmichael (“Georgia On My Mind,” “Skylark,” “Lazy River,” “Heart and Soul” and “Stardust”), Burt Bacharach (“Alfie,” “I Say a Little Prayer for You,” “Walk on By” and “Close to You”) and Marvin Hamlisch (“They’re Playing My Song,” “Nobody Does It Better,”  “If You Remember Me,” “The Entertainer” and “What I Did For Love.”)

However, Newell said there is more to the program. The official songs of the U.S. military branches, as well as old favorites such as “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “America the Beautiful” will be included.

Newell said the symphony is pleased to perform every year on July 4 but especially to be one of a select number of American symphony orchestras that has an opportunity to accompany a fireworks display at the end of the evening.

“Liberty Federal Savings Bank, the city of Enid and the Oklahoma Arts Council have combined to create a celebration for this special day in the life of our nation,” Newell said.

The tour of the symphony center will feature three grand rooms, the Eleanor Hornbaker Banquet Hall, the Ballroom Theater and Enid Symphony Hall. There also are smaller venues, including the Jan Champlin Art Gallery and Patrons Lounge.

Liberty also will sponsor the annual fishing derby 6 a.m. to noon today at Meadowlake Park again this year. Prizes will be awarded for various types of tagged fish caught by participants.

Also, Enid’s Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse will hold its 11th annual Hometown Celebration 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $3 for members and $6 for non-members. Brats and hamburgers will be provided to the first 400 people. Executive Director Julie Baird said activities include turtle races (bring your own turtle), gunny sack races, face painting and other games and door prizes will be handed out. For information, call (580) 233-2787.

“The event is going to be a hit with new games and more prizes. We are hoping for a huge crowd to come out and join us for a fun-filled day,” said Dani Comstock, event co-organizer.

“This is going to be our biggest Hometown Celebration ever,” Baird said. “We encourage the whole family to come out and spend the day with us and then stay to watch the fireworks later that night at Meadowlake Park,” she said.

On Friday, David Allen Memorial Ballpark will have a fireworks display after the 8 p.m. game as part of the AABC Red Dirt State Tournament.

The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. that day, and teams will be playing throughout the day. The fireworks display will begin at about 9:45 p.m.

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