Ashland's Fourth of July

America celebrates its 234th birthday this Sunday, July 4, and Ashland will pull out all the stops for one of its busiest days of the year.

Fun of all kinds will be available at Independence Day celebrations presented by various Southern Oregon cities, including Ashland, Medford, Eagle Point, Central Point and Butte Falls.

Here's a rundown on events planned in Ashland on the Fourth of July:

7:30 to 9:30 a.m. — A Fourth of July pancake breakfast at the Ashland Elks Lodge. Cost is $6 for adults; $3 for children ages 11 and younger. Visitors should use the lodge entrance on Will Dodge Way between First and Second streets. Call 482-3911.

7:45 a.m. — A six-mile run starts at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. A two-mile run starts at 7:52 a.m. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 7:15 a.m. in the Ashland Library.

10:15 a.m. — The Fourth of July Parade begins at Triangle Park and follows Siskiyou Boulevard to East Main Street, then finishes at Water Street.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — The Native Plant Society of Oregon Siskiyou Center Irene Hollenbeck Memorial Wildflower Show at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. — An arts and crafts fair, along with food and information booths, in Lithia Park.

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — The Ashland Lions Club will offer a barbecue meal for $10 in Lithia Park to raise money for community projects.

12:30 p.m. — The Ashland City Band performs at the bandshell.

1:15 p.m. — Mayor John Stromberg's welcome address at the Butler Bandshell in Lithia Park.

1:25 p.m. — Reading of the Declaration of Independence at the bandshell.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Folk artist Kat del Rio and Friends, Celtic rock band Brother and Heather Hutton and Friends will perform at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectivly, at the bandshell. Singer and songwriter Gene Burnett will peform between shows.

8 p.m. — American Band College concert at the Ashland High School's stadium on Mountain Avenue. Tickets are $18.

10 p.m. — Fireworks display presented by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce from the Southern Oregon University athletic field. Visible from most parts of Ashland.

Free shuttle bus service courtesy of the Rogue Valley Transportation District will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shuttle buses will leave the Tolman Creek Plaza (near Albertsons) every 20 minutes for the downtown Plaza.

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