Summer officially began on Thursday and Texoma is celebrating with a weekend full of summer activities. Attend Melissa’s Freedom Festival this weekend, hike out on Lake Texoma, spend some time with furry friends at the Denison Library, visit some dinosaurs in Sherman or see comedic personality Trevor Noah in Oklahoma. No matter what you’re looking for this weekend, there is something going on in Texoma. Here are five events taking place the first weekend of summer.


1. Celebration of Freedom 2018


Melissa’s annual Freedom Festival hosted by the city of Melissa and the Melissa Area Chamber of Commerce will be held this weekend at Zadow Park. A parade will kick off the event at 5 p.m. Saturday. The children’s play area opens at 6 p.m. Music will be provided by the Blue Moon Band. The fireworks display will start at 9:30 p.m.


2. Hike a trail


There will be a day hike Saturday on the Cross Timbers Trail at West Juniper Point, 32843 Highway 377, in Gordonville. Meet at 8:30 a.m. for the five mile hike. This hike is much more difficult than Cedar Ridge or Eagle Mountain Park. Bring your own picnic and you can also fish off the dock if you have a fishing licenses. Bring lots of water.


3. Fun with animals


The Denison Public Library will have its Saturday children’s program at 10 a.m. this week. “Wild Things Zoofari” will be at 300 West Gandy Street in Denison offering a combination of domesticated animals and some wild species. This is not just fun, but will also be an educational event.


4. Dinosaurs in Sherman


Dino Days is open at the Sherman Museum. See replica skeletons of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Triceratops. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for everyone except those under the age of five. The museum is located at 301 S. Walnut Street in Sherman. For more information, call 903-893-7623.


5. Trevor Noah at WinStar


Host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Center, Trevor Noah will be in Texoma this weekend. He will be performing stand-up comedy Saturday at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The show starts at 9 p.m. and the doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.