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  • Independence Day in the Rogue Valley

    Fireworks, parades, runs, live music and barbecues define Fourth of July in Southern Oregon
  • Celebrate the birth of our nation while you watch the bombs burst in the air over the Lithia Motors Amphitheater at The Expo in Central Point during the annual Red, White and Boom celebration.
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  • Celebrate the birth of our nation while you watch the bombs burst in the air over the Lithia Motors Amphitheater at The Expo in Central Point during the annual Red, White and Boom celebration.
    Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Families can spread out picnic blankets on the hill while watching live music performances and various presentations. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available at the concession stand. A beer garden will also be at the site.
    The show kicks off with a performance by Medford rock band The Seaons at 6:30 p.m. Presentations by the City of Central Point and The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County will follow at 8:15 and 8:20 p.m. respectively.
    Nashville country musicians Keith Anderson and Brian McComas will perform at 8:25 p.m.
    Starting at 9:30 p.m., there will be tributes to veterans of various wars. The Young Marines of Southern Oregon will present colors, and Central Point Police Officer Brian Day will sing the National Anthem.
    The "Boom" starts at 10 p.m. and features about 30 minutes of fireworks set to patriot music presented by 95.7 KBOY and Q100.3. McComas and Anderson will close the event with an encore performance at 10:30 p.m.
    Seating and parking are available on a first-come, first-served basis so visitors are encouraged to arrive early. Admission is free. No outside food or beverages are permitted. For more information, see www.redwhiteandboom.info.
    Here's a round-up of other Fourth of July Events happening in the Rogue Valley.
    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 ages 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 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 proceeds down Pine Street to Eighth Street. There also will be a flyover and flag ceremony.
    11 a.m. — Craft booths, food vendors and kids' activities will be in Robert Pfaff Park on Manzanita St.
    12:30 p.m. to dusk — Country band The Roadsters, followed by several Christian bands, will perform in the park.
    Jacksonville
    Noon to 4 p.m. — The third 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. Last chance registration is from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Friday, July 4, at the start line.
    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.
    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 Marshals Alex and Danielle Amarotico of Standing Stone Brewing Company, 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, Rainy & The Rattlesnakes, Chapter II and Brother will perform in the Butler Bandshell in Lithia Park. Livia Genice will emcee the program.
    1 p.m. — Ashland Mayor John Stromberg will present a welcoming address in the Butler Bandshell.
    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 soloists Yolanda Pelzer, Bruce Morrison and Lance LaDuke, 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.
    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 Leon and Edith Sherman, begins 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. — Franck Ricci will perform a pre-fireworks show at the EPHS stadium.
    Dusk — The fireworks display begins. Leon Sherman will emcee. The annual Skydiver Parachute Lottery will be held during intermission.
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