"Of the People, By the People" is the theme of this year's Fourth of July parade, which begins at 10:15 a.m. Thursday at Triangle Park.
The theme honors the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the 273-word speech President Abraham Lincoln gave in November 1863 at the site of one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles of the Civil War.
Parade watchers can start saving their spots at 6 a.m. today, but they must make sure blankets, chairs or other markers don't block streets or sidewalks or create a hazard. If they do, they'll be removed, city officials say.
Here's the schedule for Ashland's Fourth, followed by other events around the region:
7:45 p.m. — Two-mile and 10-kilometer runs begin outside the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — The Native Plant Society of Oregon's annual Irene Hollenbeck Memorial Wildflower Show will be at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Food, games, vendor booths and a craft fair will be in Lithia Park.
10:15 a.m. — The parade, led by Grand Marshal Arnold Meads, will begin at Triangle Park and proceed down Siskiyou Boulevard to East Main Street.
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — The Ashland Lions Club will host its annual chicken barbecue near the playground in Lithia Park. The menu includes chicken, baked beans, salad, rolls and lemonade or iced tea. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the event or in advance at Paddington Station or Music Coop. Proceeds will go toward Lions Club-sponsored projects, including its Sight & Hearing Center, Dogs for the Deaf, ScienceWorks and others. Call 541-482-2515 for information.
12:30 to 4:15 p.m. — The Ashland City Band, Rainy & The Rattlesnakes, Chapter II and Brother will perform in the Butler Band Shell in Lithia Park. Livia Genise, artistic director of Camelot Theatre, will emcee the program.
1 p.m. — Ashland Mayor John Stromberg will present a welcoming address in the Butler Band Shell.
1:30 p.m. — Barry Kraft will read the Declaration of Independence, and Bob Jackson Miner will read the Gettysburg Address.
8 p.m. — The American Band College Directors' Band with guest soloist Harry Watters of the U.S. Army Band will perform at the Ashland High School stadium. See www.bandworld.org for more information.
10 p.m. — A fireworks display, presented by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, will take place at the Southern Oregon University athletic field, between Wightman Street and Walker Avenue.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — The second annual Fourth of July picnic will be held on the courthouse grounds on North Fifth Street. There will be a barbecue with hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as games for the whole family. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Call 541-899-1231.
7 to 10:30 a.m. — Boy Scout Troop 7 will host an all-American breakfast with pancakes and sausage, and a silent auction, featuring gift cards, hotel stays, firewood, oil changes, eye exams and more, at the Central Point Grange Hall, 436 E. Pine St. The breakfast costs $5, $3 for children ages 11 and younger, and $13 for a family of four. Proceeds will go toward the Boy Scouts' summer camp fund.
7:30 a.m. — The third annual Run 4 Freedom 5-kilometer race begins on Pine Street between Third and Fourth streets. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $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 will begin on Second Street and proceeds down Pine Street to Eighth Street. There also will be a flyover of prop planes and flag ceremony.
11 a.m. — Craft booths, food vendors and kids' activities will be in Robert Pfaff Park on Manzanita Street.
11 a.m. to dusk — Pop-country band No Turning Back, followed by several Christian bands, will perform in the park.
4 to 9 p.m. — A family-friendly, colonial Independence Day ball will be held at the Evergreen Ballroom, 6088 Crater Lake Ave., Central Point. Historical costumes or semiformal attire is encouraged. Bring finger foods to share. Admission is $5 per person, or $12 per family, in advance; and $8 per person, or $20 per family, at the door. See www.evergreenballroom.com or call 541-826-8000.
Medford's annual Fourth of July celebration actually happens in Central Point.
The annual Red, White and Boom Fourth of July celebration, advertised by organizers as the largest firework display in Southern Oregon's history, will begin at 10 p.m. Thursday in the Lithia Motors Amphitheater at The Expo, 1 Peninger Lane, Central Point.
This year's entertainment includes performances by Gathering Pool (5:30 p.m.), Jeff Kloetzel (6:30 p.m.), 2nd Amendment (7:20 p.m.), The Purple Heart Band (8:20 p.m.) and Ryan Vosika & the Banditos Yanquis (10:30 p.m.).
Starting at 9:30 p.m., there will be presentations by Central Point Mayor Hank Williams and others. Two local veterans who served in World War II and Vietnam will be recognized with a video highlighting their lives and careers. The Oregon Army National Guard will present colors, and Kloetzel will sing the national anthem.
The "boom" takes place at 10 p.m. and features about 30 minutes of fireworks set to patriotic music presented by KBOY radio.
Seating and parking are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Admission is free. No outside food or beverages (except for water) are permitted. For more information, see www.redwhiteandboom.info.
7 to 11 a.m. — Boy Scout Troop 5 will host a breakfast at the Eagle Point Grange Hall, 5 S. Shasta Ave. Breakfast costs $6 and includes 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 is from 7 to 7:45 a.m. and costs $25.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Vendor booths will be open along Main Street.
10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. — Frank Ricci will perform in Bob Moore Park.
11 a.m. — The parade, led by Grand Marshals Stan and Terry Duepree, begins near Eagle Point High School. This year's theme is "Made in America."
6 p.m. — Pre-fireworks activities and concessions open at the EPHS stadium.
7 p.m. — Franck Ricci will perform a pre-fireworks show at the EPHS stadium.
Dusk — The fireworks display begins. Leon Sherman will emcee. The annual Skydiver Parachute Lottery will be held during intermission.