Independence Day festivities

Independence Day festivities


Ashland's all-American on the Fourth of July, and nobody — around here anyway — celebrates with more flair. From a pancake breakfast and morning fun run to live band music and fireworks, Ashland has a whole day of events showcasing small-town pride and patriotism.

7 to 9:30 a.m. — A Fourth of July breakfast at the Ashland Elks Lodge. Cost is $6 for adults; $3 for children ages 11 and younger. Visitors should use the lodge entrance on Will Dodge Way between First and Second streets. Call 482-3911.

7:45 a.m. — A six-mile run starts at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. A two-mile run starts at 7:50 a.m.

10:15 a.m. — The Fourth of July Parade begins at Triangle Park and follows Siskiyou Boulevard to East Main Street, then finishes at Water Street.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — A native plant show at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — An arts and crafts fair, along with food and information booths, in Lithia Park.

1:15 p.m. — Mayor John Morrison's Welcome Address at the Butler Bandshell in Lithia Park.

1:25 p.m. — Reading of the Declaration of Independence at the bandshell.

1:35 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. — The Ashland City Band, Livia Genise, Dan Tiller and Morel & Schroder perform at the bandshell.

8 p.m. — American Band College concert at the Ashland High School's stadium on Mountain Avenue.

10 p.m. — Fireworks display presented by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce at the SOU athletic field.

Free shuttle bus service courtesy of the Rogue Valley Transporation District will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shuttle buses will leave the Bear Creek Center (near Butler Ford on the South Pacific Highway) and the Tolman Creek Plaza (near Albertson's) every 20 minutes for the downtown plaza.

Butte Falls

"Home of the Free...Because of the Brave" is the theme for Butte Falls' annual celebration, which kicks off at 11 a.m. There will be a parade through the town followed by games, food, booths and live music by the Old Time Fiddlers in the city's park. Logging contests will held outdoors at Community Hall.

Central Point

"Relive the History and Eras of Our Nation!" is the theme of the Central Point 45th annual Fourth of July Celebration. All those years of experience must be paying off, because the celebration is growing and has events for all ages.

6 to 10 a.m. — Boy Scouts of America will offer a pancake breakfast at the Central Point Grange, Sixth and Pine streets. Cost is $5 for adults, $3.50 for children or $15 for the whole family.

9 a.m. — Pre-parade activities begin on Pine Street. There will be children's activities, along with demonstrations by the Cascade Civil War Society Re-enactors and the cowboy shooting club Jefferson State Regulators.

10 a.m. — The Fourth of July Parade leaves Crater High School and heads down Second Street and Pine Street. After the parade, the Southern Oregon Military Vehicles Collectors Club will display and demonstrate equipment at the Central Point Post Office, Pine and Sixth streets.

10:10 a.m. — The Air Force F-16 flyover.

10 a.m. — Inflatable jump houses, a water slide and other children's activities will be available all day starting at 10 a.m. at Jewett Elementary School, 1001 Manzanita St. Arm bands cost $5 and are good for the day. Arm bands are available in advance at the Central Point Chamber of Commerce or at the event. Free gunnysack races, three-legged races, egg and balloon tosses, a food court and more will begin at 1 p.m. at the school. The Rusty Relics Tractor Club will offer free rides from Pfaff park to the school.

Noon to 2 p.m. — The RC Addiction Race Club will demonstrate radio-controlled car tricks on Sixth Street, near the post office.

10 a.m. — An arts and crafts fair opens at Pfaff Park, Sixth and Manzanita streets, and live music continues there through the day.

Noon — The Scottish Bagpipers perform at the park.

1 p.m. — The Fabulous Fairlanes perform.

3 p.m. — 50/50 drawing. Tickets cost $1 and can be purchased in advance at the Central Point Chamber of Commerce or at the festival.

3 p.m. — New Horizons Band performs.

5:30 p.m. — A Christian concert featuring the Celebrate Jesus Band, the Beraka Band, the Community Choir and The Deprogrammed will be presented at the park.

Eagle Point

Everybody's got fireworks today. Most places are having a parade, but Eagle Point has lawn mower races and skydivers. (Two separate events, don't worry.)

7 to 11 a.m. — Breakfast at the Eagle Point Grange.

8 a.m. — One-mile and five-kilometer fun walks/runs take place in Bob Moore Park

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Vendor booths will be open along Main Street.

10 a.m. — Live entertainment on the Main Street Stage.

11 a.m. — Parade.

1 to 4 p.m. — Concert by Zion Train, children's booths and lawn mower races.

6 p.m. — Concessions open at the stadium at Eagle Point High School.

7 p.m. — Pre-fireworks show at EPHS stadium.

Dusk — A fireworks display, with the "Skydiver Parachute Lottery" to be held during intermission. Visitors can leave marked paper plates on the field at EPHS. Skydivers will parachute into the field to pick the winners. A fireworks finale will close the festivities.


"Red, White & Boom!," Medford's Independence Day fireworks display, takes place at 9:45 p.m. at Harry & David Field, 2929 S. Pacific Highway. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and there will be concessions and children's activities on the site. Sheri Parker will sing the national anthem, and the 234th Army Band will perform.

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