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Celebrate the Fourth with a Boom

The biggest fireworks show in Southern Oregon is a great way to celebrate the Fourth in a memorable way, and you're invited to share the patriotism with Red, White & BOOM! at Lithia Motors Amphitheatre at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.

Gates open at 5 p.m. (Schedule has been corrected.) There will be food, games and jump houses for the kids. Medford rock band The Seaons will play live music from 7 to 8:05 p.m., when the city of Central Point, the Medford/Jackson County Chamber and Red Robin give short presentations.

At 8:20 p.m., Star 69 will perform.

The Young Marines of Southern Oregon will present colors at 9:30 p.m. Rob Diaz will sing the national anthem at 9:55 p.m.

Fireworks kick off at 10:05 p.m. After the show's over, Star 69 will give an encore performance at 10:35. 

Many other Fourth of July celebrations are available across the Rogue Valley. Here's a look:

ASHLAND

7:45 a.m. — The two-mile and 10-kilometer runs begin outside the Ashland Library at 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Last-chance registration runs from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. 

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — A free shuttle service will run every 30 minutes from the Tolman Creek Plaza to the downtown bus stop on Lithia Way between First and Second streets.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — The Arts and Crafts Fair will be open in Lithia Park.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — The Irene Hollenbeck Memorial Wildflower Show of the Native Plant Society of Oregon will be at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.

10 a.m. — The parade will be led by grand marshals Dan Bulkley and Stan Smith, starting at Triangle Park and proceeding from Siskiyou Boulevard to East Main Street, finishing at Water Street.

Noon to 4 p.m. — At the Butler Band Shell in Lithia Park, the Ashland City Band performs from noon to 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 to 1:30 p.m., followed by Chapter II, the Jefferson State Choral Coalition and Steven Swan & Blue Sunday. Liva Genis of Camelot Theatre Company will emcee.

12:30 p.m. — Mayor John Stromberg gives his welcome address at the band shell.

1 p.m. — Buzz Fraser will read the Declaration of Independence, and Bob Jackson Miner will deliver the Gettysburg Address as Abraham Lincoln at the band shell.

8 p.m. — The American Band College will perform at 8 p.m. during the "Star Spangled Spectacular" at the Ashland High School stadium, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Tickets cost $24, $20 for seniors, and can be purchased online at bandworld.org or at the stadium. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

10 p.m. — Fireworks at the Southern Oregon University athletic field.

CENTRAL POINT

 7:00 a.m. — The Crater Lake Council Boy Scouts will present a pancake breakfast at the Central Point Grange Hall, 436 E Pine St.

7:30 a.m. — The 5-kilometer Run 4 Freedom begins at Pine Street between Third and Fourth streets. Registration is $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, which includes a fly over and flag ceremony, begins on Second Street and proceed to Eighth Street via Pine Street. 

11:00 a.m. — Live music, free kids activities, a beer garden and more will be at Robert Pfaff Park, 635 Manzanita St.

12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Husk performs at Robert Pfaff Park, followed by several other bands, until the Red, White and Boom.

EAGLE POINT

7 to 11 a.m. — The Boy Scout's annual breakfast will be at the Eagle Point Grange Hall, 5 S. Shasta Ave., offering 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 costs $25 and runs from 7 to 7:45 a.m.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Vendor booths will be open along Main Street.

11 a.m. — The parade, led by the Marlia family as grand marshals, begins near Eagle Point High School. This year's theme: "Family is Everything."

6 p.m. — Pre-fireworks concessions and activities open at EPHS, followed by a pre-fireworks show at 7 p.m.

Dusk — When the sun goes down, the fireworks begin. The Skydiver Parachute Lottery is scheduled for intermission.

JACKSONVILLE

Noon to 3 p.m. — The Mayor's Fourth of July Picnic will be at the Jacksonville Museum, 206 N. Fifth St., offering free hot dogs, chips and bottled water.

A youngster watches Eagle Point's Fourth of July parade through star-shaped sunglasses. Photo by Larry Stauth Jr.