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