Oklahomans are a patriotic bunch. We glue, staple, hang and tack the stars and stripes to everything from our porch columns to our dog’s bandannas. When July 4 comes around each year, expect to see a show in almost every community across the state. Edmond’s LibertyFest caught the eye of national media (CNN, USA Today) not too long ago as one of the nation’s best Independence Day festivals. Beginning in June, the festivities climax to a parade, festival and fireworks display on July 4. The Oklahoma City Philharmonic goes Red, White & Boom on July 3 at Oklahoma State Fair Park with fireworks set to orchestration. In Tulsa, the explosive magic takes place with Tulsa FreedomFest over the Arkansas River. Once more, spectators will head to River West Festival Park and Tulsa River Parks on July 4. Look for big happenings at Stillwater’s Boomer Lake Park (Boomer Blast), Grand Lake (Arts, Crafts, Music & Cajun Festival) and more in this issue’s events calendar.