An action-packed celebration of America’s independence and patriotism arrives June 27 at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center.

An action-packed celebration of America’s independence and patriotism arrives June 27 at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center.

The Glory Daze Family Spectacular will honor the nation’s heroes and feature free entertainment for all ages, beginning at 3 p.m.

Event coordinator John Ayers said 2014’s event attracted thousands of community members.

“It was big,” he said. “The whole expo parking lot was completely full.”

Ayers anticipates another large celebration, adorned with inflatable games, face painting, balloon art, a rock climbing wall and clowns. Overhead, flying vintage planes and skydiving performances will offer additional entertainment to grounded spectators.

Food and refreshments will be available as live music sets the evening’s festive tone. New Oklahoma, a music group that has opened for acts ranging from Tanya Tucker to Aaron Tippin, will perform. The band said it looks forward to seeing old fans and making new ones.

“We are very excited and looking forward to stepping on stage at the Glory Daze Independence Day celebration,” the group stated.

Glory Daze’s sparkling spectacle starts at 9:40 p.m.

“The fireworks show is going to be as awesome as last year. It’s choreographed to music,” Ayers detailed, adding the show is choreographed by Western Enterprises. “They have done two Olympics, Disneyland and Disney World... there's no one better.”

Ayers said main sponsors include Kickapoo Casino and the City of Shawnee. City Manager Justin Erickson said the city contribution is $20,000.

“We have historically paid for a majority of the fireworks,” he said, noting the city’s expenses for a fireworks show has decreased since the inception of Glory Daze. “It’s just a fantastic event for us. We just want to encourage the community to come out for the festivities.”

Erickson highlighted the scale of the fireworks extravaganza.

“Individuals that have seen this before will have a similar spectacle to see this year, as well,” he said.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.