Donations coming in for the OneOK FreedomFest

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 7/03/2013 1:55 pm Published: 6/17/2013 1:22 pm

ONEOK Freedom Fest has been a fourth of July staple in Tulsa since 1976.

Anthony McHenry told FOX23 he has attended the fireworks show along River Parks since 1998.

“It’s so pretty and the kids love it,” said McHenry.

The music, food, inflatables and fireworks all come at a price. Tonja Carrigg with the River Walks Authority says that the budget for the event is set around $100,000.

“The fireworks show itself costs $40, 000,” said Carrigg.

She said the city and county help to provide funds but the River Parks Authority is in the process of asking for private donations.

River Parks Authority is asking the public for help to defray the cost.

In the city utility bill this month, residents will find an envelope where they can donate whatever they choose to.

“Every little bit helps out,” said Carrigg.

100,000 people are expected to attend OneOK FreedomFest on the Fourth of July. Organizers said so far they've gotten $10,00 in private donations.  

They're hoping to get $14,000 from citizens and the rest of the funding from sponsors.

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