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Party it up Uncle Sam style for the Fourth

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Are you trying to get the most red, white and blue possible for Independence Day? There are plenty of patriotic parties planned this weekend. Homeland Homeland is a trio of free concerts featuring patriotic music. The music starts at 7 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday and takes place at the Auburn Library Garden Theater, 350 Nevada St. Learn more by calling (530)?823-8330 or checking out www.agiftoftheheart.org. July 3 in Colfax Colfax likes to celebrate Independence Day a little early, and hosts its big party starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. Vendors, beer garden, bands and music begin at 10 a.m. The Kiwanis Little Patriots Parade starts at 11 a.m., followed by the Lions Club Main Parade at noon. The Downhill Derby begins at 2 p.m. Old Town classics Old Town Auburn continues its long history of bringing family friendly events to the district. Old Town July 4 festivities include old-fashioned games like the three-legged race, potato sack races, a watermelon eating contest and the ever-popular greased pole. Kids games begin at 9 a.m. after the Auburn Fire Department’s pancake breakfast, served at 7 a.m. in the Bootleggers parking lot. See www.oldtownauburnca.com for information. Auburn Family 4th The Fourth of July festivities continue with the Auburn Family 4th, which takes over the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St. The fun starts at 3 p.m. and closes out after a massive fireworks show that begins at 9:40 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment, a kids’ zone, food and beverage vendors, Fast Friday’s Motorcycle Speedway demonstrations, Uncle Sam on stilts, the Little Miss and Mister 4th of July pageant and more. Another aspect of Auburn’s Independence Day celebration is the annual Auburn Area Host Lions parade, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. The parade runs down Lincoln Way to High Street before entering the Gold Country Fairgrounds. Call the Auburn Chamber of Commerce for complete details at (530)?885-5616. Foresthill parade Foresthill’s Fourth of July parade and celebration carries a theme of “Commemorating 9/11 ... We Will Never Forget.” Make plans now to join this annual July 4 parade and celebration before the afternoon celebration at Leroy Botts Memorial Park following the parade. The parade starts at the Old Mill Site at 10 a.m. Winners will be announced at the park gazebo at 1p.m. Call (530) 367-2465 or (530)?367-4486 for information.