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Miami hosts 4th of July extravaganza

Reported July 4, 2011 at 4:53 PM CST:  The citizens of Miami, Oklahoma know what its like to recover from a disaster.  Their 4th of July celebration did not happen in 2007 because of severe flooding.

One-third of the town was submerged under water.  Most of the south side of the city was evacuated.  The flooding damage in Miami was less severe compared to the devastation in Joplin, however, residents still felt the effects.

Today, Miami streets are dry and the city is proud to host their 4th of July celebration.

Miami Area Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Morris says events like these help communities heal.

“It’s always special to do this and a couple of other events that we do because it brings everybody together,” Morris says.  “Everybody’s so busy and things happen in life so I think it’s important that you come together and grow together as a community and grow from there.”

Miami’s 4th of July celebration is already in gear with turtle races, live music, and a hot dog eating contest.

Their fireworks display is set to begin at 9:25 p.m.

Posted July 4, 2011 at 2:15 PM CST

News release issued by the Miami Area Chamber of Commerce

Come relax after the holiday weekend and get your kicks on Route 66 at Miami’s 4th of July Extravaganza.  The annual fireworks show will take place on Monday, July 4 in Miami’s Riverview Park.   Activities will begin at 5 pm and the fireworks show will end the evening of activities at approximately 9:25 p.m.

“The 4th of July Extravaganza is sponsored and hosted by the City of Miami, Miami Area Chamber, The Stables Casino, Cable One and Coleman Theatre,” said Cindy Morris, Chamber President.  “There will be plenty of family activities for the children, live entertainment and an outstanding firework explosion.”

Organized activities for families and friends will kickoff at 5:00 p.m. including:  Pizza Hut’s Turtle Races, Sonic’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, High-Fuhlutin Hillbilly Pie Eatin’ Contest, Opposing Lines, and other children’s activities.   New activities added for the evening are:  The Benefit Bike Run for Abused Children, Little Miss Firecracker Pageant, and Miami News Record Essay Contest.  The Stables Casino will host a special promotion with free hot dogs and soft drinks from 5 – 7 p.m. and the Lion’s Club will be on hand with a great selection of concessions throughout the evening.

Live music entertainment will be provided beginning at 6:00 pm by three local bands:   Bad Knees Rising, The Fireman’s Band, and Gregory Fitzgibbon as Arkangelo.  Posting of Colors will take place at 8 p.m. by the American Legion Post 147 followed by additional entertainment and the fireworks display.   Activities and entertainment will take place around the Rock Pavilion.

The schedule for the 4th of July Extravaganza activities and entertainment are listed below:

Benefit Bike Run for Abused Children
Registration- 9:00 a.m. at Riverview Park
First Bike out-10:00 am/Last Bike in-3:45 pm

Little Miss Firecracker Pageant
5:00 pm-5:30 pm
Entertainment Stage

“What Miami Means to Me” Essay Contest
5:30pm-5:45 pm
Entertainment Stage

Registration – 5 pm/Races begin at 5:30 pm
Near the Rock Pavilion

Registration – 5:45 pm/Competition at 6:30 pm
Near the Rock Pavilion

Beginning at 5 pm-8:00 P.M.

The Stables Casino
Free Hot Dogs & Soft Drinks from 5-7 pm

Miami Area Chamber KIDZ ALLEY
featuring children’s activities & Castle Bounce House
5:00 – 9:00 pm

Hosted by Miami First Assembly of God Church
Registration 6:00 pm/Showdown at 7:00 pm

Bad Knees Rising
6:00-6:45 pm

Miami Firefighter Band
7:00 – 7:45 pm

Posting of Colors
American Legion – Post 147
8:00 pm

Gregory Fitzgibbon as Arkangelo
8:00-9:15 pm

For more information on the 4th of July Extravaganza, contact the Miami Area Chamber at 542-4481 or go online to



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