(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / May 8, 2018) – Make plans to celebrate Independence Day this year at Chickasaw Boomer Blast Fourth of July Fireworks Show presented by the City of Stillwater.
The annual show, which is free and open to the public, is held in Boomer Lake Park at the corner of Washington Street and Lakeview Road. The 20-minute fireworks show begins at 9:35 p.m.
“We are pleased to announce some changes this year," Special Events Coordinator Stephanie Kinder said. "This year fireworks will shoot from Lakeview bridge, and guests can watch the show from Stillwater High School Pioneer Stadium, which opens at 8 p.m."
Boomer Lake Park will be open to pedestrians on Wednesday, July 4; however, the park will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at noon July 4.
Kinder said, "Guests may still enjoy the park. They can bring lawn chairs, play at the splash pad and watch the fireworks from inside the park."
Parking is available at Pioneer Stadium, Cimarron Plaza and along public streets.
Also, a shuttle service to the park will be provided. Shuttles service will be available to and from the Pioneer Stadium to Boomer Lake's south entrance on Lakeview. Shuttle rides will run from 7 to 10:45 p.m.
Event goers can walk from Pioneer Stadium or Cimarron Plaza using the Kameoka Trail.
"This change will allow us to preserve the park’s lawn and reduce the chance of canceling the event due to weather," Kinder explained.
Shuttles are wheelchair accessible. Pioneer Stadium is also open for wheelchair access and there is additional handicap parking on the west side of the stadium.
The Stillwater Bicycle Pedestrian Ad-Hoc Committee will also offer free, secure bike parking at the corner of Lakeview and Washington near the multi-use trail.
The Stillwater Community Band will perform on the west side of Boomer Lake at the playground from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Food trucks will be at the playground area from 6 to 10 p.m.
In the event of cancellation, Chickasaw Boomer Blast will take place on Thursday, July 5. The City of Stillwater follows a contingency plan in the event of rain or other weather situations to determine whether to cancel and reschedule the event.
"Boomer Blast is one of the best-attended fireworks shows in the region, and we are busy preparing for another great celebration,” Kinder said.
Stillwater Radio will air the show live to music on KSPI Hot 93.7 FM.
The City of Stillwater recognizes and thanks the following contributors for their support of the annual fireworks show: Chickasaw Telecommunications Services Inc., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater Medical Center, Grand River Dam Authority, Kicker, The Bank N.A., Stillwater Professional Firefighters Local 2095, Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, Oncue, Bank SNB, Central Electric Cooperative, RCB Bank, Charlie’s Discount Drug, Quality Water Service, Stillwater Masonic Lodge, Stillwater Radio and OSU Transit THE BUS.
Each year, local businesses, organizations and residents contribute more than $20,000 to support Boomer Blast. You can also support the event with an Adopt a Boom contribution.
“This is an easy and fun way you and your family can help your favorite local fireworks show,” Kinder said. “You can adopt a boom for a child, friend, or even yourself, and we’ll recognize that individual’s name on our website or social media channels as a contributor of this year’s Boomer Blast.”
To Adopt a Boom, go to http://stillwater.org/news/view/id/97.
For more information about the how your business or organization can be involved in the Boomer Blast Fireworks Show, contact Special Events Coordinator Stephanie Kinder at 405.533.8435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake McMurtry will organize and present the annual family fishing tournament on Wednesday, July 4. For more information about registration and participation, visit their website at http://www.lakemcmurtry.com/events.html.
For media inquiries, contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at 405.742.8219 or email email@example.com.
According to the City Code Sec. 20-76, it is illegal to purchase, sell, possess or use fireworks in Stillwater city limits. Persons who violate ordinances of the City of Stillwater are subject to arrest or citation.
City ordinances define fireworks as any combustible or explosive composition, or any substance or combination of substances, or article prepared for the purpose of producing visible or an audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration, or detonation.