Happy birthday, America

Fireworks, parades, runs, live music and barbecues define Fourth of July in Southern Oregon

Fireworks will illuminate the night sky over the Lithia Motors Amphitheater at The Expo in Central Point during the annual Red, White and Boom celebration.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 4, and the party starts at 5:30 p.m. Families can spread out picnic blankets on the grassy hill and enjoy live music by local acts, along with barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs available at the concession stand. A beer garden also will be nearby.

This year's entertainment includes performances by Gathering Pool (5:30 p.m.), Jeff Kloetzel (6:30 p.m.), 2nd Amendment (7:20 p.m.), The Purple Heart Band (8:20 p.m.) and Ryan Vosika & Banditos Yanquis (10:30 p.m.).

Starting at 9:30 p.m., there will be presentations by Central Point Mayor Hank Williams and others, and a special video honoring two local veterans. The Oregon Army National Guard will present colors, and Kloetzel will sing the national anthem.

The "boom" will take place at 10 p.m. and feature about 30 minutes of colorful fireworks set to patriotic music presented by KBOY radio.

Seating and parking are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Admission is free. No outside food or beverages (except for water) are permitted. For more information, see www.redwhiteandboom.info.

Here's a roundup of other Fourth of July events happening nearby.

Central Point

7 to 10:30 a.m. — Boy Scout Troop 7 will host an all-American breakfast with pancakes and sausage, and a silent auction featuring gift cards, hotel stays, firewood, oil changes, eye exams and more, at the Central Point Grange Hall, 436 E. Pine St. The breakfast costs $5, $3 for children 11 and younger, and $13 for a family of four. Proceeds will go toward the scouts' summer camp fund.

7:30 a.m. — The third annual Run 4 Freedom 5-kilometer race begins on Pine Street between Third and Fourth streets. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $20.

8:45 a.m. — Kids Freedom Fun Run (ages 5-12) begins at the corner of Third and Pine streets. Registration is free.

9:30 a.m. — The parade will begin on Second Street and proceed down Pine Street to Eighth Street. There also will be a flyover and a flag ceremony.

11 a.m. — Craft booths, food vendors and kids' activities will be in Robert Pfaff Park on Manzanita Street.

11 a.m. to dusk — Pop-country band No Turning Back, followed by several Christian bands, will perform in the park.

4 to 9 p.m. — A family-friendly, colonial Independence Day ball will be held at the Evergreen Ballroom, 6088 Crater Lake Ave. Historical costumes or semiformal attire is encouraged. Bring finger foods to share. Admission is $5 per person, or $12 per family, in advance; and $8 per person, or $20 per family, at the door. See www.evergreenballroom.com or call 541-826-8000.

Jacksonville

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — The second annual Fourth of July picnic will be held on the courthouse grounds on North Fifth Street. There will be a barbecue with hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as games for the whole family. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Call 541-899-1231.

Ashland

7:45 p.m. — Two-mile and 10-kilometer runs begin outside the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Register at www.ashland.or.us by Monday, July 1.

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

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Food, games, vendor booths and a craft fair will be in Lithia Park.

10:15 a.m. — The parade, led by Grand Marshal Arnold Meads, will begin at Triangle Park and proceed down Siskiyou Boulevard to East Main Street.

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — The Ashland Lions Club will host its annual chicken barbecue near the playground in Lithia Park. The menu includes chicken, baked beans, salad, rolls and lemonade or ice tea. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the event or in advance at Paddington Station or Music Coop. Proceeds will go toward Lions Club-sponsored projects, including its Sight & Hearing Center, Dogs for the Deaf, ScienceWorks and others. Call 541-482-2515 for information.

12:30 to 4:15 p.m. — The Ashland City Band (12:30 and 1:45 p.m.), Rainy & The Rattlesnakes (2:10 p.m.), Chapter II (2:50 p.m.) and Brother (3:40 p.m.) will perform in the Butler Band Shell in Lithia Park. Livia Genise will emcee the program.

1 p.m. — Ashland Mayor John Stromberg will present a welcoming address in the Butler Band Shell.

1:30 p.m. — Barry Kraft will read the Declaration of Independence, and Bob Jackson Miner will read the Gettysburg Address.

8 p.m. — The American Band College Directors' Band, with guest soloist Harry Watters of the U.S. Army Band, will perform at the Ashland High School stadium. See www.bandworld.org for more information.

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

A free shuttle-bus will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and leave the Albertson's parking lot every 30 minutes for the downtown plaza.

Eagle Point

7 to 11 a.m. — Boy Scout Troop 5 will host a breakfast at the Eagle Point Grange Hall, 5 S. Shasta Ave. Breakfast costs $6 and includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and orange juice.

8 a.m. — One-mile and 5-kilometer fun runs begin at Bob Moore Park on Main Street. Registration is from 7 to 7:45 a.m. and costs $25.

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

10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. — Frank Ricci will perform in Bob Moore Park.

11 a.m. — The parade, led by grand marshals Stan and Terry Duepree, will begin near Eagle Point High School. This year's theme is "Made in America."

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

7 p.m. — Frank Ricci will perform a pre-fireworks show at the EPHS stadium.

Dusk — The fireworks display will begin, with Leon Sherman as emcee. The annual Skydiver Parachute Lottery will be held during intermission.


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