City of Jenks, Oklahoma Aquarium come up big on Fourth of July

City of Jenks, Oklahoma Aquarium come up big on Fourth of July

Since early March, our world has been flipped upside down. COVID-19 has ransacked the globe, the country, the state, and our city for four months and does not show many signs of stopping in the near future.

Numerous events since March have been postponed or even cancelled outright. Along with the sickness that the Coronavirus brings, it also greatly affects our mental health.

As human beings, we enjoy getting out and about in our communities and being around one another. Being active is natural to us, not sitting at home and doing nothing, which is what we did for several months.

As we headed toward the summer months, questions regarding July 4 started echoing across the Tulsa area. Numerous events that happen on an annual basis celebrating our Independence Day were being cancelled, including the River Parks celebration in Tulsa near the 23rd Street Bridge.

Then the rumors begin to circulate about Los Cabos Mexican Grill, who typically pays for the annual Boom Fest in Jenks was not going to be able to purchase the event this year. When those rumors became true, many began to question whether Jenks was going to cancel its celebration completely.

That is when the City of Jenks, Jenks Chamber of Commerce and Oklahoma Aquarium stepped up and made sure that did not happen.

Not only will there be fireworks in Jenks on July 4 night, but there will be activities and events happening through 11 p.m.

The City of Jenks is taking care of the Boom Fest this year and purchasing the firework show that has made Jenks one of the state’s July 4 hotspots for numerous years. The Boom Fest is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma Aquarium and run until the end of the firework show, which begins at 9:30 p.m.

Then, there is the Oklahoma Aquarium, who is stepping up as the flagship sponsor for the Boom Fest. The top attraction in Jenks will keep its doors open later than usual until 8:45 p.m. for anyone who wants to go see the latest and greatest the facility has to offer.

The main parking lot at the Oklahoma Aquarium will be roped off for the outdoor activities connected with the Boom Fest, but there will be parking in the grass field south of the facility.

It would have been easy for the City of Jenks to just say they are going to cancel this year’s events. In fact, the direction they chose is the more difficult path, but they didn’t choose the easy path. They chose to do what is best for our community and for our people.

For that, they deserve our thanks and our appreciation. So, thank you City of Jenks and thank you Oklahoma Aquarium for stepping up to the plate and making sure this year’s Fourth of July is even more special than in year’s past.

Kyle Salomon

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