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Ashland Fourth of July Parade flyover. Tidings file photo

Serving up Ashland’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration

Plans are ready and set to go for the Ashland Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 4th of July Celebration on Wednesday, July 4, including the Ashland Parks & Recreation morning run, the parade at 10 a.m. and fly-over at 10:30 a.m., followed by festivities in Lithia Park with food vendors, the booth and craft fair, local musical entertainment throughout the afternoon at the Butler Bandshell, the Family Activity Zone with activities offered from ScienceWorks and the Ashland Family YMCA, and at dusk the Ashland Chamber’s public fireworks Show at 10 p.m. with the American Band College’s “Star Spangled Spectacular” concert.

A complete schedule of all times, details and map of Lithia Park events is online at www.ashlandchamber.com/4thofJuly.

For live coverage of the parade, watch online at www.ashlandchamber.com.

The city of Ashland blanket and chair policy says blankets can be placed beginning at 6 p.m. July 3 and that items are placed at your own risk — no placement is guaranteed. Be mindful of placing items on grass or using tape or other materials that cannot be removed following the parade. Organizers ask that attendees help the community in keeping the parade route clean post-event.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Ashland: Empowering Wellness through Community.” This year, the chamber wanted to highlight the community’s efforts to make Ashland a wonderful place to live and work through the power of wellness. Wellness not only means conscious healthy living, but “mind, body and spiritual wellness.”

This year’s artwork was drawn by contest winner Jack Wiens. The 2018 4th of July commemorative T-Shirts are available for purchase at the chamber booth at the entrance to Lithia Park on Independence Day.

The 4th of July Committee and Ashland Chamber Board of Directors voted to honor longtime Ashland residents Joyce Epstein and Mary Mastain as 2018 Grand Marshals. They “truly embody lifelong wellness, community spirit and happiness all while giving back to their community,” the chamber said in a statement. Both have volunteered at the Ashland Chamber for over 20 years and each has been named “Volunteer of the Year.”

The chamber is also sponsoring a free shuttle bus Service from Tolman Creek Plaza Albertson’s bus stop to the downtown bus stop on Lithia Way between 1st and 2nd streets running every 30 minutes. The last pickup from downtown will be at 4 p.m. Free shuttle parking is available at the Ashland Family YMCA. Shuttle riders are asked not to park in the grocery store parking lots.

First-come, first-served parking for seniors and the handicapped is offered in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot on July 4.

Attendees are asked to bring a reusable water bottle and refill it at water stations throughout Lithia Park.

Anyone wishing to support the Ashland Chamber’s 4th of July Celebration may make a tax-deductible contribution to the Ashland Chamber Foundation at www.ashlandchamber.com/4thofJuly.

The 30th annual American Band College Star Spangled Spectacular featuring the 200-plus members of the American Band College Master’s Degree Program play in the evening at the Ashland High School Stadium on July 4. Co-sponsored by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, the American Band College is donating funds to assist in fundraising for the annual public fireworks show. Featured guest artists will be the Canadian Brass and Marianne Gedigian, flute soloist.

Tickets are available at Cripple Creek Music in Ashland, ABC’s website at www.bandworld.org/tickets and at the Ashland High School Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.

The fireworks display starting at about 10 p.m. will be launched from the SOU Athletic Field and visible from most parts of Ashland.

An added attraction this year will be the RogueDCI Drum & Bugle Corps Show at 8 p.m. July 5 at SOU’s Raider Stadium. World-Class bands participating will be the Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, California; the Blue Knights of Denver, Colorado; The Academy from Tempe, Arizona; and the Troopers from Casper, Wyoming. Tickets ($20-25) can be purchased at Paddington Station or online at www.roguedci.com.

Lead sponsors for the 2018 celebration are Asante Physician Partners, Toyota and Recology Ashland.

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