Celebrate July 4 with parades, live music and fireworks
The 16th annual Red, White and Boom is Jackson County's old-fashioned Independence Day celebration with the largest fireworks show in Southern Oregon. Look for a 25-minute show of dazzling, colorful firecrackers with a grand finale at The Expo in Central Point.
The free festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and run until about 11:30 p.m. with activities for everyone. There will be games, jump houses, laser tag and face-painting for kids, concessions and a beer garden.
DJ Veach and DJ Red will spin music from the Lithia Amphitheater stage. California rock band Hunter and the Dirty Jacks will kick off live music at 8 p.m., followed by Funktional Fusion — a nine-piece funk and soul band from Grants Pass.
The fireworks show begins at about 10 p.m. No illegal fireworks or barbecues will be allowed inside The Expo.
Ashland's Independence Day celebration is now more than 100 years old. This year's theme will be "Together We Sing!" to honor the community and its collaborative spirit.
The annual Fourth of July parade is a highlight of Ashland's event, drawing thousands of spectators. The grand marshal for the 2017 parade are servicemen and women of the Armed Forces. Those who are serving or who are veterans will walk in the parade with their appropriate affiliation.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Triangle Park and follows Siskiyou Boulevard and East Main Street to finish at Water Street near the Ashland Plaza.
After the parade, more than a 100 food, arts, crafts and information booths will be open until 5 p.m. in Lithia Park, along with a Family Activity Zone with children's group The College Fund Street Band performing throughout the afternoon
The Ashland City Band will present a patriotic concert in Lithia Park's Butler Band Shell at noon. Look for "National Emblem March," "American Civil War Fantasy," "Armed Forces Salute" to honor our country's military and veterans, and "La Bamba de Vera Cruz." The latter is in recognition of guests from Ashland's sister city Guanajuato, Mexico. Bench seating is available. Blankets and low-level folding chairs may be used for lawn seating. The band performs again at 12:30 and 1:15 p.m.
At 12:30 p.m., Ashland Mayor John Stromberg will present a welcome address in the band shell; then at 1 p.m., Buzz Fraser will read the Declaration of Independence, and Bob Jackson Miner, dressed as Abraham Lincoln, will deliver the Gettysburg Address.
Short musical performances continue with Jefferson State Choral Coalition at 1:30 p.m.; rock band Jeff K & Overtones at 2 p.m.; 10-piece R&B band Souliverse at 2:25 p.m.; and a finale performance with Jeff K & Overtones and Souliverse.
Jefferson State Choral Coalition, directed by Kirby Shaw, will present "Jefferson State of Mind," a free concert by the 60-voice community choir, at 6:30 p.m. in the band shell. The choir will be joined by guitarist Craig Chaquico, former lead guitarist and songwriter for Jefferson Starship and Starship. The show will open with iconic songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Chaquico also will share his personal stories from nearly five decades as a performer, composer and recording artist.
Ashland's Fourth of July events also include 2-mile and 10-kilometer runs that begin at 7:45 a.m. at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Registration is $25, $10 for ages 12 and younger. See ashland.or.us/julyrun to register.
The Native Plant Society of Oregon's Siskiyou Chapter will present its Irene Hollenbeck Memorial Wildflower Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.
Look for free shuttle service between the bus stops in Tolman Creek Plaza and downtown Ashland (on Lithia Way between first and second streets) every 30 minutes. The last pickup will be at 4 p.m. at the downtown stop.
The 200-member American Band College Ensemble of Sam Houston State University's American Band College program will present "Ashland Pops" at 8 p.m. in the football stadium at Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Featured guest artist will be trumpet player Doc Severinsen, who will conduct and perform with the band. Severinson also will appear with ABC's ensemble Mariachi Sol de Mexico. Tickets are $19 for general admission, $29 for reserved seating, and can be purchased at bandworld.org/tickets, Cripple Creek Music, 353 E. Main St., or at the gate. Seniors and kids save $4 per ticket.
At 10 p.m., a fireworks display will take place on the athletic field at Southern Oregon University.
Butte Falls' Fourth of July celebration is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the city park. Look for a parade, vendors, food and live music, along with bingo and kids' booths. Country band Diamonds and Denim will perform. Anyone who wants to participate in the parade can register at 9 a.m. at Butte Falls Elementary School, 239 Main St. Call 541-892-2775.
Central Point's Fourth of July celebration gets going at 9:30 a.m. with a parade along East Pine Street and a festival at 10:30 a.m. with kids' activities, pie-eating competitions, live music, a beer garden, concessions and vendors in Robert Pfaff Park, 635 Manzanita St. Central Point's Run4Freedom 5-kilometer and 1-mile races begin at 7:30 a.m. on East Pine Street between Third and Fourth streets. Fuel up at the Boy Scouts Crater Lake Council's pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at the Central Point Grange, 436 E. Pine St. See centralpointoregon.gov/parksrec/page/run-4-freedom to register for the races.
Eagle Point's Independence Day celebration, themed “A Salute to Our Veterans," kicks off with a Boy Scout pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at the Eagle Point Grange, 5 S. Shasta Ave., and the Avenue of the Flags' 1-mile and 5-kilometer races at 8 p.m. through downtown. See eaglepointchamber.org for information and registration. A street fair is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pie and jam judging is from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Ashpole Community Center, 17 S. Buchanan Ave. At 11 a.m., look for a downtown parade. Square dancing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the community center. A wine and beer garden, live music and kids' activities will be from noon to 4 p.m. Lawn mower races will be from 1 to 4 p.m. A fireworks display, along with live parachute jumpers, will be at 10 p.m.