"I Love America" celebration at Elmer Thomas Park today

Lawton_Fireworks, skydivers, and Miss America 2007 will all be part of the Second Annual "I Love America" July 4th celebration at Elmer Thomas Park in Lawton.  The event is FREE and open to the public.

Since Cameron Baptist Church joined the First Assembly of God to sponsor the event this year,  they have more than enough volunteers, so everything is ready - the stage is set, the tents are up, and they're ready to go.  Volunteers toiled all week, and they say it's going to be even more memorable than last year's inaugural event.  With a 50-piece professional orchestra, 115-voice choir, and more than 5,000 shots of fireworks, it promises to deliver.

Mark Stottman says that Cameron Baptist Church teamed up with First Assembly of God to give to the community - and, the park says it's ready for the more than 20,000 people expected to attend.  Don Barnes says it's great to see how Lawton has welcomed this celebration.  "There's a lot of excitement, because it's going to be bigger and better than last year," he said.  "We've just got so many people involved, so it's just going to be great."

Stottman says the fireworks pyrotechnician promises a show everyone will remember.  And, what could be a better way to end the show than Lawton's own 2007 Miss America, Lauren Nelson performing?  "At the very end, she'll cap the day off singing 'God Bless America' with our grand finale of one of the biggest fireworks, even bigger I'm told, than last year."  Stottman says it's great for Lawton to have an event where there's fun for the entire family.  "...where you're not having to protect your children from some of the things that unfortunately takes up a lot of our world out there now."

The gates at Elmer Thomas park open at 2 p.m.  Coolers, chairs, blankets, and even small tents will be permitted.  But, if you don't want to bring food to the park, there will be vendors on site.  To save a little on gas, four Lawton Area Transit System buses will pick up those attending at the parking lot, and drop them off at the center of the celebration.  Officials urge you to bring a lot of water, and wear sunscreen.  Alcohol is prohibited.