July Fourth Ashland is the place to be if you’re in Southern Oregon.  Even if you’re not, it’s time to come out here for a visit. The Theme of the 2014 Parade was ‘This Land Is My Land! Although it was a hot day in Ashland, it was a crazy fun day. The day is filled with activities and town is packed with happy people. Driving to the Bayberry Inn was rather interesting because we couldn’t get across town even at 7:00 a.m. as main street was closed. When we eventually got there, taking three different detours (there are only 3 different detours to really take in this small town), all our lovely guests were gathered around the coffee pot with empty cups in their hands. I guess, being new to town, we didn’t know how crazy town would be!

large parade during the Fourth of July parade in downtown Ashland, Oregon with children and people riding on the float carrying signs and US flags

From Siskikyou Boulevard, to East Main, to North Main, the streets were closed off! What amazed me was the lawn chairs that lined the entire street from one side of town to the other as early as the morning before. It was crazy! Several local restaurants had BBQ’s outside and all the parks were full of people. The town parade was fantastic. It’s so lovely living in such a small town that goes so big! We even went big making a Patriotic Pie!

Here’s what the Chamber of Commerce is saying:

 

Now over 100 years old, this celebration is what makes Ashland a “great small town to live in”.  The festivities begin early with a run, followed by a Parade, activities, food and afternoon entertainment at the Band shell in Lithia Park, and concludes late that evening with a spectacular fireworks display for all to see.  ​