Celebrate the Fourth of July on Friday night with this sixth-annual event sponsored by The Bridge Church of Bixby. It's become one of the larger events in the area, but don't look for the numerous food vendors, live music, children's fun zone and patriotic events of past years.
Instead, look for a few food trucks starting at 7 p.m. and fireworks going off about 9:45 p.m. Friday at the Bentley Sports Complex, 8505 E. 148th St.
"We want it to be something hopeful for the community, and an opportunity to celebrate our nation and our freedom," said Kim Juarez, associate pastor for The Bridge Church.
"I think people are desperately needing help right now, and it's a great distraction from everything else. So let's focus on something good for a little while. We don't want this pandemic to define what our country is all about."
She had wondered how many might show up. But that was before more than 1,000 people arrived for a June baseball tournament in Bixby.
"I think we're expecting a good crowd, so people should bring their lawn chairs and frisbees and have a good time," Juarez said. "We're not putting down markers of 6 feet apart or anything like that. People know what to do, and if they want to wear masks, that is up to them. But it's encouraged."
Information: 918-394-4330, bixbyfreedomcelebration.com