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  • ASHLAND ON PARADE

    A Fourth for everyone in Ashland

    Annual celebration draws about 25,000 downtown
  • Ashland's eccentric Fourth of July celebration captivated a crowd of about 25,000 as the city simmered under its red, white and blue getup at the parade and cooled off under a blaze of fireworks.
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  • Ashland's eccentric Fourth of July celebration captivated a crowd of about 25,000 as the city simmered under its red-white-and-blue getup at the parade and cooled off under a blaze of fireworks.
    The annual event — typically Ashland's largest — awed Mayor John Stromberg, he said, after giving his first welcome address in the Lithia Park band shell, shortly before the Declaration of Independence was read.
    "I think that we all would agree that we're incredibly privileged to be here on this special day with this incredible band, celebrating the Declaration of Independence," he told the audience members, who were stretched out on blankets and reclining in lawn chairs in the shade.
    Stromberg encouraged Ashland residents to get involved in city government and embrace the meaning of the day's celebration.
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