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Celebrate the Fourth!

Ashland Fourth of July Celebration

Celebration events kick off at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, July 4, with the 43rd annual Fourth of July 10K race and 2-mile run/walk with the start and finish lines at the Ashland Public Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Both races are chip timed. The cost for youths ages 12 and younger is $10 for either race. Prices start at $20 for those ages 13 and older. The event is a fundraiser for the Ashland and Phoenix high school cross country teams. See ashland.or.us/JulyRun to register. A downtown parade begins at 10 a.m. enjoyed by more than 20,000 spectators each year. This year’s parade theme is “Celebrating 50-years of Friendship,” honoring the 50 years of Sister City friendship between Guanajuato, Mexico and Ashland. Spectators cannot place chairs, blankets and other place-holders on public property before 6 a.m. on July 3. Items cannot block sidewalks. After the parade, more than 100 booths in Lithia Park will feature food, crafts, information and a Family Activity Zone, while bands, including the Ashland City Band, perform all afternoon at the Lithia Park Bandshell. At 8 p.m., the 31st annual American Band College Star Spangled Spectacular starts at the Ashland High School stadium, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A fireworks display, visible throughout town begins at 10 p.m., with the launch site on Iowa Street. For further details see ashlandchamber.com or call 541-482-3486.

Central Point Fourth of July Celebration

Fourth of July festivities kick off with the Run 4 Freedom at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Third and Pine streets, with events including 5K and 1-mile races, and fun runs for kids from 5 to 12 years old. For cost information, registration deadlines and to register, see centralpointoregon.gov/parksrec/page/run-4-freedom. Kids 12 and under run free. A parade begins at 9:30 a.m. following Third and Pine streets. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., a festival in Robert Pfaff Park, 635 Manzanita Street, includes kids games and activities, pie-eating competitions, musical entertainment, a beer garden, food and vendors. Southern Oregon’s biggest fireworks show, the 18th annual fireworks extravaganza, now named BoomFest, will be held at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Admission is free, and gates open at 5:30 p.m. with family activities. A Kid’s Area includes games, jump houses, laser tag and face-painting. Other activities include a beer garden, vendors and live music. A new feature this year will be the Citizen Fireworks zone. This will be an area set up for you to light off your own small fireworks and have a great time watching others do the same. Jackson County Fire District #3 will be there to keep a watchful eye on all the fun. Fireworks start when it is dark, at approximately 10 p.m. Call 541-608-8520.

Eagle Point and Upper Rogue Chamber Independence Day Celebration

Festivities on July 4 start with a 7 a.m. Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast at the Eagle Point Grange, 5 S. Shasta Ave. A one-mile Fun Run and 5K are from 8 to 10 a.m. on Main Street. A street fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. includes vendor booths. Pie and jam judging is from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Ashpole Center, 17 S. Buchanan Ave. A U.S. Air Force flyover will kick off the parade at 11 a.m. A Kid Zone will be available, along with other family-friendly activities and live music will be performed from noon to 3 p.m. Family activities and carnival games are from 6 to 9:30 p.m. live music will be performed by The Blue Knight’s Drum and Bugle Corps from Colorado and Robbie Dacosta, with parachutists and fireworks at 10 p.m. at the Eagle Point High School stadium, 203 N. Platt Ave., Eagle Point. See eaglepointchamber.org for information and for Fun Run and race details, cost and registration.

Grants Pass Fourth of July Celebration

An Independence Day Celebration concert and fireworks display will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Reinhart Volunteer Park, 1690 Webster Road, Grants Pass. Look for performances by Danielle Kelly Soul Project, Jackson Michelson, Saucy and more.

A fly over signals the start of the Ashland Fourth of July Parade. (Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch)
Participants in the Hydro Hammock float have a water fight during the Fourth of July Parade in Ashland on Saturday. (Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch)