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38. July 4 fireworks

The Fourth of July is really the quintessential summer holiday, with barbecues, family get-togethers and the traditional evening of bombastic pyrotechnics.

The Rogue Valley offers several parades and activities during the day to whet your appetite for all things red, white and blue as you wait to watch things blow up.

In Ashland, the day kicks off with a 10K race and 2-mile run/walk at 7:45 a.m. near the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., and this is the 41st year the race has been run. A parade, viewed annually by about 20,000 people, begins at 10 a.m. at Triangle Park. Entries will walk down Siskiyou Boulevard to East Main Street, pass through downtown and finish on Water Street.

After the parade, more than 100 booths in Lithia Park feature food, crafts, information and a Family Activity Zone, while bands, including the Ashland City Band, perform all afternoon at the Lithia Park Bandshell. In the evening, fireworks are visible throughout town.

Central Point has a run too, the Run for Freedom 5K and 1-mile fun run, which kicks off at 7:30 a.m. on East Pine Street between Third and Fourth streets.

A parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. on Second Street, proceeds to Pine Street and finishes at Eighth Street, followed by family fun and music at Robert Pfaff Park.

The Eagle Point parade begins on Main Street and finishes at Eagle Point High School.

Butte Falls will host a parade in Shady Cove at Ernest W. Smith Memorial Park.

The region’s biggest fireworks display is the Red, White and Boom celebration at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, in Central Point. Gates open at 5 p.m., and pre-fireworks activities begin at 6 p.m., including live music and patriotic presentations.

Fireworks will also be available for viewing in Ashland and Eagle Point.

A fireworks display takes place at the Red, White and Boom celebration. [Mail Tribune / file photo]