March, run, boom
Fourth of July festivities kick off with the 5K Run 4 Freedom at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Third and Pine streets. A free kids fun run for ages 5-12 on Pine Street starts at 8:45 a.m. The annual parade begins at 9:30 a.m. The route goes along Second Street to Pine, to Eighth Street to Cherry Street and back to Crater High School. At 10:30 a.m., the Freedom Festival kicks off in Robert Pfaff Park, 635 Manzanita St., and goes to 2:30 p.m. It will include kids games and activities, food vendors, artisan booths, contests and live music by The Brothers Reed and Rogue Rage Duo.
The Expo is once again boom central this year, with BoomFest, the region’s largest fireworks show, set to light up the sky at about 9:40 p.m.
Gates to The Expo parking lot open at 5 p.m. for tailgaters, and the amphitheater will open at 6 p.m., with food, beverages, shaved ice and entertainment. Music kicks off at 6:15 p.m. with Old Time Fiddlers, followed at 7:15 p.m. by Frankie Hernandez + Friends, and The Brothers Reed playing at 8:15 — and again after the fireworks end.
For kids of all ages, there will be a sidewalk chalk drawing competition.
Jackson County Fire District 3’s Citizen Fireworks Zone is back at The Expo.
“The idea came about because we felt that people that didn’t have a safe place to display their fireworks with their families needed one,” Deputy Fire Marshall Mark Northrup said.
This is the place for everyone in the community to light off their own fireworks and have a great time watching others do the same — and Fire District 3 will be there to watch with a truck and trained personnel ready just in case.
Northrup said the chosen site is on decomposed granite surrounded by concrete blocks, a nearly foolproof place for legal fireworks. Any illegal fireworks will be confiscated by firefighters, he said.
The Fireworks Zone will be staffed from 5:30 p.m. until the start of BoomFest.
Also known as “Big Daddy Boom,” the show held in the Twin Creeks neighborhood has been put on by the Vranes family of Central Point since 2005.
2022 will be Matt Vranes' 17th year putting on the show for hundreds of his neighbors and friends, according to the event’s Facebook page.
Food trucks will open at 6 p.m., DJ Jose will start entertaining attendees at 6:45 p.m., and the fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.
To donate to help defray the cost of the show, or for more details, see www.facebook.com/TwinCreeksFireworksShow
Events kick off at 7:45 a.m. Monday with the 46th annual Fourth of July 10K race and 2-mile fun run/walk, with the start and finish lines at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Both races are chip timed. The cost for youths 12 and younger is $15 for either race. Prices start at $25 for those 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.
The annual parade begins downtown at 10 a.m. with a jet flyover. More than 20,000 spectators are expected. This year’s parade theme is “Ashland Cares!” recognizing our medical community, especially the front line medical staff who cared for — and continue to care for — our community during the pandemic. Spectators cannot place chairs, blankets and other place holders on public property before 6 a.m. July 3. Items cannot block sidewalks.
After the parade, from noon to 4 p.m., Lithia Park will feature performances at Butler Bandshell, including the Ashland City Band’s annual concert, along with a small handful of nonprofit, self-contained food booths near the bandshell, as well as activities for children.
At 7:30 p.m., the annual American Band College Star Spangled Spectacular starts at the Ashland High School stadium, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. No fireworks display will be put on this year due to fire season and firework supply issues. For more details, see ashlandchamber.com or call 541-482-3486.
July 4 festivities include a street fair on Main Street from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with vendor booths, games, food, activities and more. The annual parade will run from 11 a.m. to noon. A “kid zone” will be available, along with other family-friendly activities. A fireworks show will start at dusk at Eagle Point High School, but the stadium will not be open to the public this year. See eaglepointchamber.org or call 541-295-7704 for information.