BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — For Fourth of July, Broken Arrow residents would usually be spending their holiday at Rockets Over Rhema, a celebration that has taken place the last twenty years, but that tradition ended last year.
The new celebration is called the Patriots in the Park, and this is the first time this event has taken place, but people seem to be enjoying it.
“The community gets behind its community so Broken Arrow turned out for us” said Aleah Campbell, co-owner of Adroit Event Solutions.
When Campbell and her husband heard that Rockets over Rhema was canceled in February, they decided to plan a new large scale event for Broken Arrow.
“So we have partnered with the city of Broken Arrow to make sure that residents don’t have to leave their own city to watch a major firework production,” Campbell said.
She says it was stressful, they only had three months to plan such a large scale event, but residents from all over have come out.
“We are glad that the city has come together. It’s very spacious here and the fun of just fellowshipping together as family and having lots of fun and food” said Sandra Forbes, a Bixby resident.
Forbes and her husband brought there three grandchildren out for some fun.
She said she is sometimes so caught up with work that it's nice to spend some time with the kids.
“We try to get outdoors because I am pretty busy, so when there is a holiday, especially in the summer, I am a school nurse so we try to get out,” Forbes said.
Chris Lakey, a resident of Broken Arrow wanted to give back to the community with his family.
They volunteered at Patriots in the Park all morning, manning the inflatables.
“I just thought it was a nearby event, come out here and volunteer and help everybody. It’s just a great thing to come out and i enjoy it,” Lakey said.
Fireworks begin around 9:45 p.m. tonight.
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