”Marlow Grove” had its first community-wide Independence Day celebration on July 4, 1892, and continues the tradition to this day. Planned by the founder of Marlow, A. B. Smythe, with Bill Wade, “Ranchers donated beef, men of the community dug a barbecue pit, and made other preparations for a feast.”
The 2013 Independence Day Celebration will be kicked off with a parade at 9:15 a.m. Huge crowds gather each year to watch floats, horses, antique autos, antique tractors, Shriner’s Clowns, and every entry in between. All groups who would like to participate with their organizations are encouraged to be in the parade, and individual entries are welcome also.
The parade leads to a full day of fun for the entire family in Redbud Park. The celebration offers arts and crafts, game booths, rides, and foods of all kinds. Crowds gather in the park all day and all evening for great entertainment. At 10:00 p.m., as the grand finale of the evening, one of the largest fireworks displays in southern Oklahoma is enjoyed by the crowd in Redbud Park, as well as from the backyards and cars of thousands