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Summer Fun in Ardmore


Summer is right around the corner! With the weather warming up, it’s time to start planning vacations and thinking about everything Ardmore has to offer this year.

Although typically a spring event, the ever-popular Taste of Ardmore was rescheduled for May 11th due to April’s rainy weather. For those unfamiliar, Taste of Ardmore allows attendees to experience the fabulous flavors of over 20 of Ardmore’s best restaurants, caterers, and food trucks from 5:00 until 9:00 pm in Ardmore’s Depot District.  The event also features a children’s activity area, face painting, and a showcase for the Blue River Car Club. Live musical performances will also take place throughout the evening, so come enjoy some great food served by our local eateries and share the fun with the whole family.

Summer also means it’s time for 4th of July fireworks. Once again, the Ardmore Tourism Authority in partnership with Lake Murray State Park, is proud coordinate and host an annual fireworks display. The show is scheduled for Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4th. At sunset (approximately 9:15 PM), Lake Murray State Park will light up in celebration of our nation’s independence.

The Ardmore Tourism Authority takes pride in making this display available for South Central Oklahoma. Each year has seen the attendance rise thanks to the quality of the show and the incredible venue of Lake Murray. This year, the ATA hopes to see even more people come out and enjoy this spectacular display.

To reach the viewing area, take Scenic State Highway 77 (Lake Murray Drive) south. Then, turn east at the former Park Office before taking a right at Lem Roberts Road. Continue down the road to the R.C Flying Fields before reaching the designated parking areas. The area offers plenty of space for parking and picnicking. As always, this event is free and open to the public.

Be sure to bring your appetite to downtown Ardmore for the 5th Annual United Way BBQ Showdown on July 6th and 7th, presented by Valero. This tasty event has grown every year and benefits the United Way of South Central Oklahoma by featuring competitive categories of all kinds of barbeque, plus live music. Things kick off Friday night at 6:00 pm with some Cajun food prepared by the competitors. Then, come back Saturday at 11:30 am to feast on the mouthwatering barbecued goodness.

These are just a few of the local events happening throughout the summer, so keep track of all the excitement by checking the calendar at eventsinardmore.com and the Ardmore Tourism Authority Facebook page.