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There are plenty of Independence Day weekend festivities planned around the region. Plan on celebrating America with friends and neighbors at any or all of the following events. Homeland concert Start the Independence Day celebration early with “Homeland,” a free, family-friendly patriotic concert featuring A Gift of the Heart Orchestra and Singers and the Sierra Community Chorus. Hear favorites including “America,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy” at 6:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Auburn Library Garden Theatre, 350 Nevada St. Learn more at www.sierragoldchorus.org or www.agiftoftheheart.net, or call (530) 823-8330. Auburn Family Fourth Auburn’s Fourth of July festivities begin bright and early Sunday, with the fire department’s pancake breakfast, which begins at 7 a.m. in Old Town Auburn. Old-fashioned kids’ games follow breakfast, from 9 a.m. to noon, also in Old Town Auburn. Games include foot races, gunny sack races, three-legged race, barrel hoop roll, a watermelon-eating contest, tug of war, balloon toss, greased pole and more. Enjoy snow cones, American flags for the first 50 contest entries, balloons and necklaces. Call (530) 888-1585 or see www.oldtownauburn ca.com to learn more about Old Town Auburn’s Independence Day plans. The fun doesn’t stop at noon. Head over to the Gold Country Fairgrounds at 3 p.m. or any time after for the Auburn Family Fourth of July celebration and enjoy skits, games, the Little Miss Fourth of July pageant, karaoke, food, beverages, vendors and a Fast Fridays motorcycle demonstration, which begins at 7 p.m. The Gold Country Fairgrounds are located at 1273 High St. A parade will kick off at 7 p.m., starting in front of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce office, at 601 Lincoln Way, and ending at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. The parade, hosted by the Auburn Area 49er Lions, is themed “Youth, America’s future! Celebrating 100 years of Scouting.” Fireworks are scheduled to start at about 9:35 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Call the Chamber of Commerce at (530) 885-5616, ext. 223 for more information. Colfax Independence Day Colfax opts to celebrate Independence Day a day early, on Saturday. The day starts at 10 a.m., when vendors open their booths on Main Street and the Kiwanis Little Patriots parade gets going. The Colfax Lions Club parade starts at 11 a.m. Live music at various stages and kids’ games near the Passenger Depot start at noon. Witness the Doxie Dasch at 1 p.m. in Roy Toms Plaza, or the Downhill Derby at 2 p.m., which conquers the hill above Church and Culver streets. Hungry? The hot dog eating contest, hosted by Bob’s Dogs, starts at 3:30 p.m. in Roy Toms Plaza. Colfax’s fireworks are scheduled to begin around 9:15 p.m. Learn more by visiting www.colfaxprideinc.org. If you don’t get enough Colfax fun on Saturday, check out Sunday’s Colfax Volunteer Firefighters pancake breakfast, which begins at 7 a.m. at the station, 33 W. Church St. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for kids. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, coffee, milk and orange juice. Call (530) 346-2323 for more information. Foresthill Foresthill’s Independence Day parade and family celebration begins at 10 a.m. Sunday at Foresthill’s Memorial Park. Call the Foresthill Chamber of Commerce at (530) 367-2474 for complete details. Roseville Roseville will celebrate the Fourth of July with a run, music in the park and fireworks. Cosmos Crime Run: A 5K Fun Run/Walk and 10K Run starts at 9 a.m. Sunday at Sculpture Park, 350 North Sunrise Ave. Run the Miner’s Ravine Bike trail. Check-in is at 8 a.m., awards at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call (916) 838-9225 or go to jandjsportsproductions. com. Proceeds benefit Roseville Community CrimeStoppers. Music and Events in Royer Park: The annual Fourth of July Music in the Park Concert, hosted by Performing Arts of Roseville, takes place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Royer Park, 190 Park Drive. The Capitol Pops Concert Band performs from noon to 2 p.m. Annual Fireworks Show: The day is capped off with a bang at 9:30 p.m. The fireworks will be launched from Sierra View Country Club but the public viewing area will be from the grandstands and the lawn at the Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All America City Drive. ~Staff reports