The Fourth of July was a special time on the Mound in the fifties. A fireworks display would be placed on top of the Mound by the Frank Phillips Men’s Club of Bartlesville that lasted approximately 40 minutes to an hour. Front page newspaper announcements in the Examiner Enterprise from 1956 and 1957 invited the general public to attend.
I remember my parents taking me and sis to several Mound Fourth of July shows. Cars were parked up and down Highway 123 on both sides of the highway. We jumped out of the car and would sit in chairs that dad took out of the trunk. With wide eyes, we watched Niagara Falls, Battle in the Sky, Giant Flying Saucers, Multi-colored Comets, the Spiderweb, Serpents and Stars, Whistling Tracers, Thunder and the Stars, Rocket Showers, and other aerial flash salutes along with star shells and rockets. In 1957, there were also two ground aerial displays consisting of the Phillips 66 Shield and the American Flag, both in full color. Also, preceding the fireworks a band concert directed by George Baum of Tulsa was presented. Every year would always be exciting, and I’m not sure why they quit using the Mound for the fireworks show, but I would guess it was a fire hazard because of the grass and vegetation. These shows were so flashy and colorful that I have never forgotten them, and most likely never will!