The 6th Annual Lawton Fort Sill Freedom Festival scheduled to take place on June 27th has been cancelled due to the novel coronavirus Covid-19. The decision was announced on Face Book earlier this week.

The festival known for the largest free fireworks display in the Southwest Oklahoma takes place annually at Elmer Thomas Park.  You might think that with this event taking place is such a large venue that there would be plenty of room for social distancing, but Lawton City Council voted instead to cancel this event that traditionally attracts in excess of 20,000 people.

Festival officials said,

This decision was not easy. We look forward to the day when we will be able to safely come together for these fun community events.

Lawton Fort Sill Freedom Festival joins other large scale events that have been cancelled in 2020, including another Lawton staple, the Arts for All festival which should have been held last weekend along Gore Blvd. That 3 day event hosts artist from around the area and the world to display arts of all kinds, dance, music, paintings, glass and so much more.

Jeri Anderson

Also cancelled for 2020 is the Spirit of Survival.  Though the Spirit of Survival is an event that is outdoors, and doesn't happen until October, organizers know that sponsorship dollars might be tough during the trying times and the downturn in most businesses, and the fully attribute the cancellation to the Coronovirus.

Who knows what will be next?  It's an unprecedented time, and there is no way to predict what the rest of 2020 is going to look like.  Our goal as a community it to continue supporting local businesses and to work together to get through this time with the least amount of hardship for us and our neighbors.
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