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Cold fronts, clouds, rain today

Beautiful weather is on the way, but forecasters think it’s going to take a pair of slow-moving cold fronts one more day to bring it in. So expect clouds to prevail today, with random showers, maybe even thunderstorms, and highs around 75. Tonight should be comfortable for a change.

BPO at Bisons tonight

The annual KeyBank Independence Eve Celebration, featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, is always one of the season’s biggest nights in Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at 6:05 p.m. A huge fireworks display follows.

Fireworks warning

Speaking of fireworks, a program hosted by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Women & Children’s Hospital will demonstrate the damage they can do at a press conference at 11 a.m. in Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park. Members of the sheriff’s bomb squad will set off a common firecracker next to ballistics gel, which replicates human flesh.

Garden Festival begins

Now in its fifth year, Buffalo’s National Garden Festival starts today, opening some 90 of the city’s outstanding private gardens for free do-it-yourself tours on Thursdays and Fridays (except Independence Day) for the month of July. For a schedule and a map, pick up a printed guide around town or visit nationalgardenfestival.com.

Korean War vet gets his medals

Another veteran gets his war medals during a ceremony this afternoon at the Town of Tonawanda Veterans Memorial in Kenney Field, Brighton Road and Colvin Boulevard. He’s Raymond Powers, an Army sergeant in the Korean War and a 47-year member of the Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Company. The medals will be presented at 4 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m., there’s a special dedication honoring all of Tonawanda’s Korean War vets at the memorial, followed by a concert by the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas and fireworks.

Country music at Darien Lake

The hills are alive with country music tonight. Brad Paisley brings four opening acts along as his Country Nation World Tour visits the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Over at Buffalo Hill Village in Varysburg, it’s the first night of this weekend’s Jam in the Valley. Gates open at 4. Headliner is Dustin Lynch, whose 2012 debut hits were “Cowboys and Angels” and “She Cranks My Tractor.”

Canadian rocker at Canalside

Canadian rocker Gord Downie, longtime frontman for The Tragically Hip, has stepped outside his musical comfort zone to collaborate with Toronto alt-country rockers The Sadies. The results are on display at 6 p.m. at Canalside on the Buffalo waterfront, with Hey Rosetta and Boy & the Bear as openers.