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Rogue Valley celebrates the Fourth

It's Fourth of July this Saturday and across the nation people will be celebrating the 233rd anniversary of Independence Day.

In Southern Oregon that means races, parades, food, sidewalk vendors, history and fireworks.

Medford's annual 4th of July celebration, "Red, White and Boom," will take place with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, at Harry and David Field, 2929 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. There will be a presentation of colors at 7:30 p.m. followed a jet flyover at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will start at 9:45 p.m.

"The flyover is new," says the Medford chamber's Daria Land, referring to a visit from a jet from the Croman Corporation of White City at about dusk, just before the fireworks. "There's a watermelon-eating contest for kids instead of pies. Other than that it's the same as last year."

Land says seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Folding sand chairs — but no regular-height chairs — and blankets will be allowed on the field.

Food will be available from vendors. Games for children will be offered. No outside food, drink or alcohol may be brought in, and no pets will be allowed.

Transportation to the event will be provided by two buses from the main entrance of the Harry and David parking lot at 2600 S. Pacific Highway, with buses shuttling back and forth starting at about 6:15 p.m.

Everything is free but the food. No tickets are necessary. Parking at Harry and David Field itself is limited and is reserved for handicapped and VIP parking only.

The event is being presented by The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County and Red Robin Restaurant.

Here's a wrap-up of other celebrations around the county.

ASHLAND

The little town with the big celebration is calling this year's parade, "Honor our Past, Celebrate the Future." Grand Marshal is Dave Fortmiller. New this year will be live online coverage. Visit ashlandchamber.com.

"We're really excited about the live coverage," says Visitors and Convention Bureau Director Katharine Flanagan. "It will enable people to see it who can't get here."

In a sign of tough economic times, the celebration will feature $5,000 worth of fireworks, compared with last year's $10,000.

"It was challenging year in terms of raising money," says Flanagan. "We think we've raised enough money to deliver a quality show. It will be the same length of time but with less fireworks. Many people won't notice the difference."

The July 4th 6-mile run will take off from the Ashland Library at Gresham and East Main streets at 7:45 a.m., followed by the 2-mile run at 8 a.m. Early bird viewing of Lithia Park booths will open at 9 a.m.

The big parade will begin at 10:15 a.m. at Triangle Park, heading down Siskiyou Boulevard to East Main Street and finishing on Water Street.

The Native Plant Society of Oregon will have an exhibit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.

Look for food and games and information booths and a crafts fair in Lithia Park from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Mayor John Stromberg will speak at 1:15 p.m. at the Butler Band Shell in Lithia Park, followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Music in the band shell will go from about 1:15 to 4:50 p.m., with performances by the Ashland City Band, Livia Genise, Montana Soul, Ashland Taiko, The Relief and Matt Fawcett.

The American Band College Fireworks Concert is set to begin at 8 p.m. in the Ashland High School Stadium, 201 S. Mountain Ave. For tickets go to Cripple Creek Music in Ashland or visit bandworld.org.

The fireworks display will begin at about 10 p.m. at the Southern Oregon University Athletic Field. It should be visible from most parts of Ashland.

A limited number of handicapped parking permits are available at the Ashland Chamber Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. For details visit ashlandchamber.com.

CENTRAL POINT

A kids' fun run will kick off the day at 7 a.m. at Third and Oak streets, with a pancake breakfast put on by the Boy Scouts from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Grange Hall at Pine and 5th streets. The Boy Scouts say they expect to be prepared with 100 pounds of pancake mix, 40 hams and 1,000 eggs. Cost for the breakfast is $5, $3 for children.

The parade will go from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. downtown. Activities will go on all day in the park, with more than 60 vendors. Look for music in the band shell in Pfaff Park all afternoon and ballroom dancing from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Grange Hall.

EAGLE POINT

It's the 50th anniversary of the Eagle Point celebration. Breakfast at the Eagle Point Grange at Shasta Avenue and Main Street will kick things off from 7 to 11 a.m. Registration for a fun walk/run at Bob Moore Park will take place at 7 a.m., with the 1-mile and 5k events starting at 8 a.m. A photo and art exhibit at the Senior Center also begins at 8 a.m.

Parade registration will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the Eagle Point High School parking lot. Vendor booths will open at 9 a.m.

Look for entertainment on the Main Street stage from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and a jet flyover at 10:45, just before the parade starts at 11 a.m.

The fireworks show will begin at dusk, with concessions in the Eagle Point High School Stadium opening at 6 p.m. and a pre-fireworks show at 7.

HANLEY FARM

An old-fashioned picnic is planned from 2 to 5 p.m., at Hanley Farm. It's 1940s-themed event, with a victory garden, a talk on the M-1 rifle, and Gayle Wilson's Little Large Band playing '40s hits by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and the Dorseys. Admission is just $5 for adults and $3 for children. Gates open at 1 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic goodies. Call 773-2675.

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Lake of the Woods Resort will hold a barbecue with live music from 4 to 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 10 p.m. The resort is at 950 Harriman Route, Klamath Falls. See lakeofthewoodsresort.com or call 866-201-4194.

Rogue Valley celebrates the Fourth