Celebrate America's independence with food, live music, family activities, a parade and, of course, fireworks during Friday's Fourth of July celebration in Ashland.
The day kicks off at 7:45 a.m. with the 38th annual Fourth of July run — a fundraiser for the cross-country teams at Ashland and Phoenix high schools. Runners can choose to take the two-mile route or the 10-kilometer route. Both races start at the Ashland library, 410 Siskyou Blvd. The cost is $30, $10 for kids 12 and younger. Runners can register at the library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 3, from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Friday morning or online at www.ashland.or.us until 7:30 a.m. Friday.
A free shuttle service will run through Ashland every 30 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The route runs from Albertsons in the Tolman Creek Plaza to the bus stop on Lithia Way, between Second and First streets.
The annual parade begins at 10:15 a.m. at Triangle Park, on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Liberty Street. The parade will continue down Siskiyou Boulevard to East Main Street and concludes on Water Street.
The theme for this year's parade is "This Land is Our Land," which reflects the importance of a collective stewardship to the Rogue Valley and its natural beauty. This year's grand marshals are Alex and Danielle Amarotico, owners of Standing Stone Brewing Co.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lithia Park will be bustling with food, information and craft booths, family activities and live music.
The Ashland Lions will host the annual BBQ chicken fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m near the park's lower duck pond. All proceeds benefit Lions charitable projects locally and abroad. Tickets cost $10 and are available in advance at Music Coop, 268 E. Main St., Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St.
The College Fund Street Band — a quartet of siblings from Elk Grove, Calif. — will perform from noon to 5 p.m. in the family activity zone. The Butler Bandshell will feature performances from 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. by the Ashland City Band, BROTHER, Rainy & the Rattlesnakes and Chapter II.
At 1 p.m., Mayor John Stromberg will deliver a welcome address, followed by readings of the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address by Barry Kraft and Bob Jackson Miner, respectively.
At 8 p.m., the American Band College Directors' Band, two 100-member bands of band directors from schools across the country, will perform its annual pre-fireworks concert at the Ashland High School football stadium. Tickets cost $19, $15 for ages 62 or older, free for kids 11 and younger, and can be purchased at www.bandworld.org, at Cripple Creek Music in downtown Ashland or at the gate.
At 10 p.m., the Chamber of Commerce's annual fireworks display begins. The display launches from the athletic fields at Southern Oregon University and are visible from most places in Ashland.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.ashlandchamber.com.