Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Friday, July 3, 2015:
Weather very warm, but not triple digits
Warmer than usual weather will continue in Sacramento, with today’s high expected to reach near 96 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The average high for early July is 92 degrees. Independence Day will stay warm, with a forecast high of 95 degrees, the weather service predicts.
The Bee provides list of holiday weekend events
If you don’t have your Independence Day holiday weekend mapped out, The Bee provides a list of events that give you a place to start making plans.
Safe-and-sane fireworks, sober warnings
The Sacramento Bee’s annual safe-and-sane fireworks review tests six for the biggest, brightest, loudest bang for your buck.
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CHP maximum enforcement period begins
In an effort to reduce roadway deaths and prevent injury, the California Highway Patrol will begin its Independence Day Maximum Enforcement Period at 6 p.m. today and will continue until 11:59 p.m. Sunday. According to the CHP, all available officers throughout the state will be deployed during the enforcement period to focus enforcement on occupant restraints, speed violations, and those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The CHP also notes that last year during the Independence Day weekend in California, 32 people were killed with 70 percent of those killed not wearing a seat belt. During that same time, more than 1,300 people were arrested by the CHP for driving under the influence.
Things to do
- Concert organist Etienne Walhain performs at a concert from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th St., Sacramento. Walhain will perform works by J.S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Franz Liszt and Cesar Franck.
- The Capitol Pops Concert Band, under the baton of Director Kurt Pearsall, performs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the Orangevale Grange Independence Day Celebration. The free event takes place at Orangevale Grange Hall, 5807 Walnut Ave.
- Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Raley Field, West Sacramento.