1. Patriotic spirits will shine today  during an Independence Day celebration at the Artesian Hotel in downtown Sulphur. Beginning at  6 p.m. visitors can enjoy the festival atmosphere with food vendors, sidewalk sales, live music, and fireworks.

2. Celebrate freedom today in Denison, Texas, at the  29th Annual Fourth of July Fireworks. This year’s festivities will be complete with fun activities for the kids and food concessions serving hotdogs, snow cones, nachos and more. The free celebration starts at 5 p.m. in Forest Park and continues inside Munson Stadium with a concert at 7 p.m. and a fireworks display at dusk.  The park is located at 300 W. Crawford St. and the stadium at  331 W Morgan St. 

3. A reception for the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation’s “Celebrating Farm Life” juried art exhibit will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with a free reception and awards in the Art Galleries of the Goddard Center. The exhibit is part of the foundation’s 70th anniversary activities and events for employees and the public that highlights the foundation’s role in agriculture both  at home and around the world.

The exhibit allows farmers and ranchers of all ages a unique chance of self-expression through all types of artwork and exhibit viewers the opportunity to see and admire the talents of those in agriculture.

The exhibit will be open now through Sept. 16.

4. John Fullbright will open the Goddard Center’s 2016-17 performance season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and present an encore at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The well-known and much loved Oklahoma singer-songwriter is a winner of the ASCAP’s Harold Adamson Award for lyric writing and a Grammy nominee for Americana Album of the Year. Fullbright  and got his start at the legendary Blue Door in Oklahoma City ad has toured throughout the U.S. and the United KingdomTickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Call the center for tickets at (580) 226-0909.

 5. Southern Oklahoma Speedway is gearing up for two nights of monster truck action Friday and Saturday.

Hobby stocks show is Friday and modifieds are Saturday. Gates open at 6 p.m. A pit party is 6–7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30.

Spectators can buy tickets in advance through www.stubwire.com. Admission for adults is $15 Friday and $20 Saturday. Kids are $10 both nights. Pit passes are available for $30. 

Gates prices are higher.

For more information, visit www.southernoklahomaspeedway.com.