It's the Fourth of July and that means a plethora of patriotic possibilities. Here are a few that will hit the streets and light up the skies today, plus other events from the weekend:

It's the Fourth of July and that means a plethora of patriotic possibilities. Here are a few that will hit the streets and light up the skies today, plus other events from the weekend:

1PARADES APLENTY: If you want to see a moving display of patriotism, check out these parades and read about them in today's Tempo:

Central Point — Parade begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by craft booths, entertainment and kids' activities in Robert Pfaff Park. Ashland — Parade begins at 10:15 a.m., followed by various events and entertainment in Lithia Park. Eagle Point — Parade begins at 11 a.m., and vendor booths will be open along Main Street until 4 p.m. Butte Falls — Parade begins at 11 a.m., followed by food, booths and games in the park.

2THE BIG BANG: Fireworks will be on display at several Rogue Valley locations.

Central Point — Staged at Lithia Motors Amphitheater at The Expo, the Red, White and Boom show kicks off with various events at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. Ashland — Fireworks will be set off at 10 p.m. at the Southern Oregon University athletic field, between Wightman Street and Walker Avenue, following daylong events in the city. Eagle Point — Fireworks at dusk at Eagle Point High School stadium. The annual Skydiver Parachute Lottery will be held during intermission.

3AND THEY'RE OFF: The ponies will be running at Grants Pass Downs today, Saturday and Sunday, with races beginning at 1 p.m. Today's Firecracker Futurity is the track's major event of the season, with a total purse of more than $31,000. The track is at the Josephine County Fairgrounds.

4TAKE TO THE STAGE: The historic Holly Theatre at 226 S. Sixth St., Medford, will be open for tours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the restoration work on Medford's one-time movie palace. Tours depart every 30 minutes and are first come, first served.

5FAST AND FURIOUS: If you're in the mood for raw power, check out the drag races at Champion Raceway near White City. Races at the NHRA-sanctioned quarter-mile strip are scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The track is in the Jackson County Sports Park, 6900 Kershaw Road, just off Highway 140.

For more events, see the calendarsin today's Tempo and on Page 1B.