Boom Fest in Jenks looks to make noise in 2020

Boom Fest in Jenks looks to make noise in 2020

This year’s version of Boom Fest will look a little different than in year’s past, but just as much, if not more fun is anticipated.

The City of Jenks has purchased the firework show for this year’s event. Los Cabos Mexican Grill, located at the Riverwalk Crossing, usually purchases the fireworks, and coordinates the Boom Fest, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the popular restaurant was unable to do so this year.

With the City of Jenks stepping up to ensure the Boom Fest will happen in 2020, most of the activities during the event will take place around the Oklahoma Aquarium.

Boom Fest will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Oklahoma Aquarium staying open later than usual until 8:45 p.m. The firework show, which will take place at its usual location on the Jenks Pedestrian Bridge, will begin at 9:30 p.m.

There will be many activities and entertainment, both inside and outside the Oklahoma Aquarium, until the fireworks begin popping. The main parking lot at the aquarium will be blocked off for the Boom Fest, but people can park in the grass field just south of the facility.

There will be merchandise vendors both inside and outside at the aquarium with plenty of food and beverage options as well.

Jenks City Manager Chris Shrout said the City of Jenks is still working with the City of Tulsa on the logistics, as both the 96th Street Bridge and Pedestrian Bridge will be closed until around 11 p.m. on July 4.

“The City of Tulsa has a heightened interest in this event because the River Parks event down by the 23rd Street Bridge has been cancelled this year,” Shrout said. “We could potentially have more people on the Tulsa side of the (Arkansas) river this year, so they want to make sure to have all their bases covered.”

There are usually around 50,000 people in attendance at this event, but with other July 4 events being cancelled across the Tulsa metro area, there could be more people than usual.

“This is the biggest event held in Jenks every year,” Shrout said. “It is one of our signature events and I believe with everything this country, state and city has been through, people have been looking for something to celebrate. This is an event where people can safely social-distance and still have a good time. This is important to people. It is a good opportunity for everyone, both young and old to have a good time.”

Shrout added that the economic impact the July 4 events in Jenks will be great for local businesses.

“Jenks and south Tulsa businesses really benefit from this event every year,” Shrout said. “There will be all types of activities and events going on from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. throughout the City of Jenks. We are excited to be able to provide a patriotic and safe Fourth of July event.”

Kyle Salomon

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