Fun festivities for the Fourth

The Rogue Valley celebrates the holiday with food, fanfare and fireworks
Fireworks light up the Rogue Valley at a past celebration.

This weekend, Southern Oregon is brimming with opportunities to celebrate America's 235th birthday. Firework displays, parades, races and other patriotic festivities will highlight Independence Day celebrations in Medford and surrounding cities.

Sunday, July 3

Lake of the Woods

4 to 8 p.m. — The Lake of the Woods Resort, 950 Harriman Route, Klamath Falls, will offer a barbecue and live music by the Beau Berry Band.

10 p.m. — The fireworks display begins over the lake.

Monday, July 4

Medford/Central Point

7:30 a.m. — An adult (ages 12 and older) 5-kilometer run begins on the corner of Third and Pine streets. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m.

8:45 a.m. — Youth (ages 5 to 12) Fun Runs begin.

9:30 a.m. — Parade starts from Crater High School and ends at Eighth Street.

9:45 a.m. — Flyover begins.

11:30 a.m. — Craft booths, food vendors, kids' activities and live music by a Scottish bagpipe band, rock band The Roadsters and Christian bands will be in the Robert Pfaff Park on Manzanita Street. Call 541-664-5301.

This year, Medford's annual Independence Day fireworks display, Red, White & Boom, will take place at Lithia Motors Amphitheater at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

5:30 p.m. — America's Best Kids will present demonstrations and offer kids' activities.

7 p.m. — The Purple Heart Band will perform rock, funk and blues covers.

8:20 p.m. — Medford Mayor Gary Wheeler, Central Point Mayor Hank Williams and Secretary of State Kate Brown will speak.

8:40 p.m. — Croman Corp. will present a jet flyover.

9:12 p.m. — The Young Marines of Southern Oregon will present colors.

9:22 p.m. — Sheri Parker will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner."

9:30 p.m. — Fireworks display begins.

9:50 p.m. — ABK will present its "Wicked Effects" dance routine.

10 p.m. — The Rogue Suspects will perform rock and blues.

Admission and activities are free. Concessions will be available for purchase. No outside food, beverages or alcohol are permitted. Call 541-326-2682.

Ashland

7:30 to 9:30 a.m. — Ashland Elks Lodge No. 944 will hold its annual pancake breakfast at the lodge, 255 E. Main St. (Visitors should use lodge entrance on Will Dodge Way.) Cost is $6 for members, $7 for nonmembers and $5 for children ages 11 and younger. Call 541-482-3911.

7:45 a.m. — The six-mile run starts at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The two-mile run starts at 8 a.m. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 7:15 a.m. in the library.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — The Native Plant Society of Oregon's annual Irene Hollenbeck Memorial Wildflower Show will be at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Call 541-482-7629.

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. — A craft fair with food, games and information booths will be in Lithia Park

10:15 a.m. — The Fourth of July Parade begins at Triangle Park, on Siskiyou Boulevard between Liberty and Iowa streets.

12:30 to 4:50 p.m. — Ashland City Band, mariachi trio Las Colibri, blues, jazz and soul vocalist Sophie Javna, singer and songwriter Gene Burnett and rock band Random Sound will perform in the band shell in Lithia Park.

1:15 p.m. — Ashland Mayor John Stromberg will present a welcoming address at the band shell.

1:25 p.m. — There will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence at the band shell.

7 p.m. — The American Band College Directors' Band will present its 23rd annual Independence Day Fireworks Concert at Ashland High School's football stadium, Iowa and Morse streets. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. The performance culminates with patriotic music synchronized to the firework display. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $13 for seniors ages 62 and older. Children 11 and younger, accompanied by and adult, will be admitted free. Tickets are available at Cripple Creek Music in downtown Ashland or at www.bandworld.org.

10 p.m. — A fireworks display, presented by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, will take place at the Southern Oregon University athletic field, between Wightman Street and Walker Avenue.

A free shuttle-bus service will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buses will leave the Albertson's parking lot every 20 minutes for the downtown plaza. See www.ashlandchamber.com.

Eagle Point

The city's Fourth of July festivities also mark its 100th birthday. Call 541-826-4212, ext. 111.

7 to 11 a.m. — Breakfast is available for $6 at the Eagle Point Grange, 5 S. Shasta Ave.

8 a.m. — One-mile and five-kilometer runs begin from Bob Moore Park on Main Street. Registration begins at 7 a.m. in the park.

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

9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. — Children's activities will be available at Campus Life, near Eagle Point High School, 203 N. Platt Ave.

11 a.m. — Eagle Point parade begins at EPHS.

6 p.m. — Pre-fireworks activities and concessions open at EPHS stadium.

7 p.m. — Pre-fireworks show by Frank Ricci begins at EPHS stadium.

Dusk — The fireworks display begins. The annual "Skydiver Parachute Lottery" will be held during intermission.

Butte Falls

11 a.m. — The parade, themed "America's Helping Hands," will begin at Butte Falls Elementary School, 239 Main St., travel down Broad Street and around the park (twice) on Oak, South and Fir streets. Call 541-865-3624.

Noon — Games, booths and live music by The Purple Heart Band and Old-Time Fiddlers will be offered in the city's park.

Prospect

Noon to 3 p.m. — Lunch and games will be available at Lions Park on First Street. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 12 and younger. Call 541-560-4050.


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