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Cities take safety precautions for Fourth of July celebrations

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Posted at 8:58 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 23:19:35-04

TULSA, Okla. — Fourth of July weekend celebrations are underway around Green Country. Several cities are scaling down their celebrations due to the pandemic.

Bixby’s Freedom Celebration took place Friday night despite the pandemic. Organizers made some changes to keep people safe. There was no stage with performers, only food trucks and open space.

“Out of all that’s negative, to get together on a Friday night and watch the fireworks with your family, I can’t think of anything better," said Orlando Juarez, lead pastor at Bridge Church. "And that you have enough space everywhere to enjoy a great evening.”

The 4th of July celebrations continue at Boomfest in Jenks on Saturday. The city is also taking precautions, encouraging people to social distance and wear a mask.

“That’s a recommendation by the CDC," said Katie Butterfield, director of communications for the city of Jenks. "It’s now a recommendation by Governor Kevin Stitt. So, we’re really asking, we’re not mandating anything, but we’re encouraging strongly that they wear masks.”

The Tulsa Health Department issued a warning to those going out to celebrate this weekend, saying to limit the people serving food and clean commonly touched areas of your house.

“Remind guests to stay home if they’re sick," Dr. Bruce Dart said. "Consider keeping a list of guests who attend for potential future contact tracing needs. Wear a cloth face covering while also encouraging social distancing. Clean hands often.”

The city of Jenks said most of Boomfest is taking place outdoors, allowing people more space to feel comfortable and have fun. The festival is still going on to say thank you to the city after a few tough months.

“During the pandemic, businesses had to close, people were inside all the time," Butterfield said. "And we just thought, we can still do this in a safe way and still say thank you to the community and give them a reason to celebrate.”

Boomfest is Saturday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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