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5 ways to celebrate the Fourth

The Rogue Valley is full of places and ways to celebrate the National Day of the United States, including fireworks, parades, live music, arts-and-crafts fairs, and kids activities.

Here are 5 ways to make your plans for July Fourth.

1. Medford

The 15th annual Red, White and Boom Fireworks Celebration will be held at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. This inexpensive family event is a place to relax and celebrate with friends and neighbors. The gates open at 5 p.m. at the Lithia Amphitheater, and admission is free. Look for food and beverage vendors, kids games, jump houses and laser tag. The Boy Scouts of America Crater Lake Council will present a Grand March and Flag Retirement Ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Bi-Mart will sponsor a beer garden, and there will be live music by soul and funk musician Frankie Hernandez and his band, along with '80s cover band Wild Side and R&B band Blowin' Smoke. The show will be emceed by DJ Veach.

The big fireworks display will begin at dusk.

2. Central Point

Central Point, which co-sponsors Red, White and Boom with Medford, begins its July Fourth festivities at 6:45 a.m. with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Boy Scouts Crater Lake Council at the Central Point Grange, 436 E. Pine St. Breakfast costs $5, $3 for ages 12 and younger, or $15 for a family of four.

Central Point's Run 4 Freedom race begins at 7:30 a.m. at Pine and Third streets, in front of Banner Bank.

The city's patriotic parade follows at 9:30 a.m. and runs along Pine Street from Second to Eight streets. Central Point resident Dave Dusty of Dusty's Transmissions will be grand marshal. Look for more than 82 floats, bands, car clubs, equestrian entries and other visual treats.

After the parade, find free kids activities and food and artisan booths in Robert Pfaff Park, 635 Manzanita St. Frankie Hernandez and his band will play soul-infused rock and funk at 11 a.m.

3. Ashland

Ashland's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration has been a tradition for more than 100 years. It includes a parade, a food-and-craft fair in Lithia Park, live music in the Butler Band Shell, a concert in Ashland High School's football stadium, 205 S. Mountain Ave., and concludes with a fireworks display that is visible throughout the city.

Festivities begin early with a two-mile fun run and a 10K race at 7:45 a.m. near the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The routes are scenic and on closed roadways, with a section of the 10K along Bear Creek Greenway. The annual event is a fundraiser for Ashland and Phoenix high school cross-country teams. Register online at ashland.or.us/julyrun.

Free shuttle service will run every 30 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from the Tolman Creek Plaza to the downtown bus stop on Lithia Way.

This year's parade marks the 100th anniversary of Lithia Park and honors Ashland Parks & Recreation's Marge Bernard, Michael Black, Tom Foster and Mike Gardiner as grand marshals. The parade will leave Triangle Park on Siskiyou Boulevard at 10 a.m. and follow East Main Street to the Ashland Plaza. From there, revelers can visit more than 100 booths in Lithia Park, featuring food, arts and crafts, along with a family activities zone. The Ashland Chamber of Commerce booth will have information about nearby public restrooms and water stations, along with patriotic items such as flags, T-shirts and beaded necklaces for sale.

The Ashland City Band will perform a program of patriotic music, including Henry Fillmore's "Americans, We," Bob Lowden's "Armed Forces Salute" and John Philip Sousa's march, "Stars and Stripes Forever," from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The show will include Mayor John Stromberg's welcome address at 12:30 p.m. Barry Kraft will read the Declaration of Independence, and Bob Jackson Miner will deliver the Gettysburg Address at 1 p.m.

The California Repercussions, a 50-piece brass, woodwinds and percussion band from the San Francisco Bay Area, will perform from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m., and The College Fund Street Band, a family of musicians from Northern California, will perform from 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. in the band shell.

American Band College of San Houston State University — a 200-plus member band — will perform at 8 p.m. in the football stadium at Ashland High School. The show will commence with ABC's Presentation of the Flags and the premiere of a composition commissioned for the occasion titled "... That Our Flag Was Still There." The program will include ABC's Ashland Pops Irish-American Show, featuring The Wild Rovers. The Rovers will play Irish music and showcase 13-year-old Irish fiddle champion Haley Richardson, including Johan de Meij's and Bill Whelan's "Highlights from Riverdance," "Seville Suite" and "At Kitty O'Shea's." ABC's traditional showstopper will be "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Tickets are $24, $20 for seniors, and can be purchased at Cripple Creek Music, 353 E. Main St., or online at bandworld.org/tickets.

Ashland's Fourth of July festivities culminate with a public fireworks display presented by Ashland Chamber of Commerce from the athletic field at Southern Oregon University.

4. Eagle Point

A Boy Scout pancake breakfast kicks off the all-American Eagle Point Fourth of July celebration at 7 a.m. at the Eagle Point Grange, 5 S. Shasta Ave.

The Avenue of Flags 1-mile fun run and 5K through downtown Eagle Point follows at 8 a.m.

Jam and jelly judging will commence at 9 a.m. at Ashpole Center, 17 S. Buchanan Ave.

Eagle Point's Independence Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. — with an Air Force fly-over at 10:55 — and run from Platt Street to Royal Avenue on West Main Street.

Square dancing will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Ashpole Center, and the annual lawn mower races will be held at 2 p.m.

A street fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a wine and beer garden with live music by classic rock band Rewind and country and classic rock group Bear Creek Band will be open from noon to 4 p.m.

Family activities continue from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and culminate with a fireworks display at dusk at Eagle Point High School's football stadium, 203 Platt St.

5. Butte Falls

The Sasquatch fun walk and run will kick off the Fourth of July celebration at 8 a.m. in Butte Falls. A parade starts at 11:30 a.m., followed by activities and booths in the park from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Look for a beach ball race, a scavenger hunt, tug-of-war and other games, a bike decorating contest and live music.

A fireworks display takes place at the Red, White and Boom celebration. Mail Tribune / file photo
The Crater Academy Street Team performs during Central Point's Fourth of July parade. Mail Tribune / file photo