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Thunder
06-26-2011, 10:22 PM
What is everyone planning to do? Annual traditions?

For me, its an annual tradition to take mom to the OKC Zoo (except for last year partially broken when taking her early on Mother's Day). We are for sure going this year and it will be hot, hot, hot! I have not decided to rent her a regular wheelchair for $5 or the electrical scooter for $20. Last year, I rented the regular wheelchair and pushed her around. It'd be nice if both of us enjoy the electrical scooter, but that will be $40.

After that, I will make sure mom come with me to Bricktown for the shocking, mind-blowing, sensational fireworks! I know exactly where to park (for $5) with front row access (to see the cones mounted on trailers).

So, it will be the day to enjoy pictures and videos with my brand new Samsung Epic (#1 Android Smartphone available only at Sprint). The quality is far superior to my Samsung Exclaim phone (recently put it to peace - yes, still works). And I'll record the fireworks! Yay! :-D

Okay... So... What is your plan?

Thunder
06-26-2011, 10:26 PM
This is last year, so posting them here for everyone to enjoy. In two parts, you can skip to Part 2 and fast-forward (nearly 9:00) to the ending with insane fireworks (don't forget to crank up the volume).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhpO9Y3WJm4


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SjLPXRLaQY

Videoed with Samsung Exclaim. Next will be the EPIC! Cuz, OKC is so EPIC!!!

jmarkross
06-26-2011, 10:34 PM
GREAT videos..thanks for sharing them!

HewenttoJared
06-27-2011, 07:11 AM
I will be in Germany.

jmarkross
06-27-2011, 07:25 AM
I will be in Germany.

Obersalzberg?

MadMonk
06-27-2011, 08:01 AM
Going to Mustang. Great fun to be had with fireworks there.

BG918
06-27-2011, 08:02 AM
Duck Creek at Grand Lake. Best fireworks show in the state.

bluedogok
06-27-2011, 02:25 PM
No fireworks down here in the Austin area this year because of the drought. Pretty much all of the displays were cancelled a few weeks ago.

Roadhawg
06-27-2011, 02:30 PM
I'll be in Nebraska playing golf with my brother and visiting old friends.

Jesseda
06-28-2011, 07:27 AM
my wife and kids will be going to my parents house , they live right behind buck thomas park, their front yard is perfect viewing of the firework show!

cjohnson.405
06-28-2011, 07:35 AM
Duck Creek at Grand Lake.

LM401
06-28-2011, 02:50 PM
Family pool party in the day and fireworks show at UCO in Edmond that night.

kevinpate
06-28-2011, 03:07 PM
I have no plans and I'm ever so hopeful it stays just that way.

Dustin
06-28-2011, 04:21 PM
If I'm not with my friends blowing stuff up, I'm usually at Liberty Fest in Edmond.

jmarkross
06-28-2011, 04:31 PM
Croquet in the afternoon, then a light supper with the Van Aldens...

rcjunkie
06-28-2011, 07:27 PM
My dad passed away on July 4th, 1971, me, my brother, sister, and our familes always get together to celebrate Independance Day and remember Dad. I was 11, my sister was 14 and my brother was 7, it will be 40 years ago on the 4th, but some days, it still seems like it was yesterday.

jn1780
06-28-2011, 08:51 PM
No fireworks down here in the Austin area this year because of the drought. Pretty much all of the displays were cancelled a few weeks ago.

There are a bunch of burn bans in Oklahoma now. Pretty much anywhere west of I-35.

ljbab728
06-28-2011, 10:24 PM
There are a bunch of burn bans in Oklahoma now. Pretty much anywhere west of I-35.

I've already heard news reports that this basically won't affect fireworks displays. State official have said that will be left up to individual cities.

Thunder
06-28-2011, 10:47 PM
Yeah, it may affect people shooting fireworks, but there will be a lot of them still doing it on private properties. The cities have the luxury of fire trucks, etc...on standby for official displays.

Snowman
06-29-2011, 01:45 AM
I've already heard news reports that this basically won't affect fireworks displays. State official have said that will be left up to individual cities.

The metro is much better off than the further west you go, so probably will not affect fireworks in our area, but I heard at least a couple out west of Clinton decided to delay their fireworks till fall.

PennyQuilts
06-29-2011, 08:08 AM
My dad passed away on July 4th, 1971, me, my brother, sister, and our familes always get together to celebrate Independance Day and remember Dad. I was 11, my sister was 14 and my brother was 7, it will be 40 years ago on the 4th, but some days, it still seems like it was yesterday.

I'll bet. You've managed to make a nice tradition building happy memories to replace sad ones.

PennyQuilts
06-29-2011, 08:12 AM
Our anniversary is the 4th (it was a PERFECT choice - you always have the day off and no matter what, there are fireworks). We generally celebrate by lunch at a nice place and it's quiet because everyone is off enjoying the sun. The dogs freak out over the loud noises which is a great excuse for us to stay home at night. We can see fireworks off in the distance if we squint. Party animals, that's us.

HewenttoJared
06-29-2011, 10:13 AM
Obersalzberg?

Of course

Firefly831
06-30-2011, 04:00 PM
Will there be fireworks downtown on the 3rd and the 4th? I swear I saw on the calendar that is was only the 3rd because I remember thinking that was odd.
Also does anyone have any tips of the best place to park to watch the fireworks and about how early we would need to get there?

ou48A
07-01-2011, 09:52 PM
Obersalzberg?

Obersalzberg = one of Hitlers old vacation areas.

Thunder
07-02-2011, 05:48 PM
July the 4th - Monday!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZZvtQtdbzM

SoonerQueen
07-03-2011, 01:52 AM
My son and I are going to Edmond for fireworks and that's about it. We might do a movie that afternoon.

Larry OKC
07-03-2011, 12:20 PM
Will there be fireworks downtown on the 3rd and the 4th? I swear I saw on the calendar that is was only the 3rd because I remember thinking that was odd.
Also does anyone have any tips of the best place to park to watch the fireworks and about how early we would need to get there?

OKC is on the 3rd. Think I read it will be in the Coca-Cola Events center parking lot. ALong with fireworks, the OKC Philharmonic with Grammy and 33 time Dove award winning artist, native OKCitian Sandi Patty will be performing. They will also be performing at Yukon's event on Monday. Believe both start times are @ 8:30 pm

Know the OKC one is free admission (bring your own seating). Would love to go to both events but it is just too dang hot out there for me.

Thunder
07-03-2011, 12:32 PM
OKC is on the 3rd. Think I read it will be in the Coca-Cola Events center parking lot. ALong with fireworks, the OKC Philharmonic with Grammy and 33 time Dove award winning artist, native OKCitian Sandi Patty will be performing. They will also be performing at Yukon's event on Monday. Believe both start times are @ 8:30 pm

Know the OKC one is free admission (bring your own seating). Would love to go to both events but it is just too dang hot out there for me.

Also on the 4th. I know last year they did it twice on the 3rd and 4th. The bigger and longer fireworks should be on the 4th. If they cancel the 4th, then I need to know right now so I can leave my store early, get some sleep, then go out there tonight to video it.

Thunder
07-03-2011, 12:37 PM
Firefly, I know the perfect spot. Drive west on Reno. There is a gas station at a stoplight corner (across from Bass Pro Shop), pass that. I think the first street, turn right and go down. Its a dead end (can only turn left) and off to the right at the dead end is back area parking lots. Five bux to enter. Get there real early! Last year, I had perfect view of the cones, which is in the original post's videos.

Larry OKC
07-03-2011, 12:54 PM
Thunder, think the OKC one is only on the 3rd (today) so you may need to close up early.

I stand corrected:
http://okc.about.com/od/holidayevents/a/okcjuly4th.htm

Date and Times:
Red, White & Boom begins July 3rd with the OKC Philharmonic presenting Patriotic Pops in the parking lot of the Coca Cola Event Center. Joel Levine will conduct the concert and Sandi Patty will perform. On the 4th, there is RedHawks baseball.

There are fireworks on both the 3rd and 4th.

Location: Activities will again be in Bricktown this year, on the streets and at the Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center.

Music: Admission to live concerts is free, and the 2011 schedule for performers is as follows:

July 3rd
* Grounds open at 6:30 p.m.
* 8:30 p.m.: OKC Philharmonic
* Followed by fireworks

July 4th
* Approx. 10 p.m.: Fireworks Extravaganza following the Oklahoma RedHawks Game

Thunder
07-03-2011, 01:33 PM
The same as last year. The biggest is on the 4th.

I'm home anyway and need to sleep (dealing with medical pain). We might go tonight...

Larry OKC
07-03-2011, 08:16 PM
Sorry to hear that, take care and if you can stand the heat, more power to you and I hope you enjoy!

betts
07-03-2011, 10:05 PM
The downtown fireworks were great. The pups and I watched from our pocket park, as it was kind of lonely up on the porch with so many people at the park. There were a couple of claps of thunder that were a bit confusing, because it was hard to tell if they were part of the fireworks. I think I'm enjoying the rain as much as the fireworks. Downtown was absolutely packed with people....very festive.

Bunty
07-03-2011, 11:52 PM
Stillwater had it's firewords(Boomer Blast) on Sunday, the 3rd. Don't know why.

SoonerQueen
07-04-2011, 01:39 AM
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Thunder
07-04-2011, 01:20 PM
Those electric scooters are 25 bux now. Opted just the regular wheelchair. Pushed her most of the way, then she pushed me a lil, then we walked the way back. I went to get my truck while she go in look at the front gift shop. Didn't know she passed out. :-/ She rode back with several men in a nice little white car.

Dustin
07-04-2011, 10:12 PM
Man! Today was awesome! The neighborhood fireworks at Western and Covell in Edmond could rival any fireworks in the nation! Unbelievable! The amount of money people dish out for fireworks blows my mind.

Larry OKC
07-04-2011, 10:33 PM
Thanks to all that have served our country!

Thunder
07-04-2011, 11:17 PM
Finally home. Got the video of the OKC fireworks. I noticed its less and shorter than last year. Kinda bad example for OKC suppose to be having the strongest economy in the nation. lol I'll post it soon.

Thunder
07-05-2011, 12:39 PM
I had a really hard time last night trying to get songs for the video. I needed four songs to fill it in, but could only successfully obtain two. Frostwire has been screwing with downloads....rather than downloading actual songs...it is just talking 'lawsuit' crap. I kept trying different sources and sending to my friend to 'test listen' and they were all bad except for two. So, I gave up and went ahead to upload to YouTube with no enhancement, but YouTube cried at it being over 1GB (way less than 2GB limit), so I had to lower the file size through a conversion (reduce screen resolution from mega-giant to whatever).

If I'm super bored, I might edit the video to show only the most active parts and use one song out of the two good ones that I have.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dnti2pBhblo

Thunder
07-05-2011, 05:57 PM
Dunno where to put these pix at, but these are the Water Taxi ride I was on yesterday, so it was an Independence Day ride.

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UnFrSaKn
07-05-2011, 06:05 PM
Here's my take on the July 3 Bricktown fireworks. Better watch before they take it down for copyright infringement or something.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI1rrX_-cxY

Bunty
07-06-2011, 01:22 AM
Why provide music for the fireworks unless it was part of the event? The fireworks display at Stillwater was bigger and lasted longer. Some of them sizzled instead of popped.

Thunder
07-06-2011, 02:12 AM
Its embarrassing to be an OKC Citizen, eh Bunty?

Maybe this video will help a lil bit for OKC's reputation. lol

This is an edited version done by...the one and only...Thunder (me).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEkTxSabMsA