Ashland's 4th of July Celebration
Ashland's 4th of July celebration will kick off with the 4th of July Run, scheduled to start at 7:45 a.m. The public can expect street closures on Oak Street to Eagle Mill Road from about 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. to facilitate the race.
Although the annual parade is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m., street closures will begin at 6:00 a.m. until about 1:00 p.m. As in years past, inbound and outbound traffic from N. Laurel Street to S. Mountain Avenue will be re-routed onto Lithia Way.
July 4 parade spectators are asked not to place chairs, blankets, and other placeholders on public property prior to 6:00 a.m. on the morning of July 3.
Public property includes the median on Siskiyou Blvd., park rows and sidewalks of Siskiyou Blvd., East Main Street, the Plaza and other public areas. Chairs and blankets should not block sidewalks, plastic tarps may not be placed on grass and all items should be secured to prevent them from blowing out of place. Only blue painter tape may be used on the sidewalks. Other tapes leave a residue that is extremely difficult to clean.
Please be respectful of othersí property and of the fact that the space directly in front of a private residence along Siskiyou Boulevard is under the control and responsibility of the home owner.
Spectators place items at their own risk. Items which create a safety hazard for pedestrians or vehicles will be picked up and disposed of.
Please remove all chairs, tape, trash, blankets and personal items after the parade.
At approximately 8:00 p.m., large crowds are expected to converge in the blocks surrounding Southern Oregon University for the annual fireworks event which begins at 10:00 p.m. When selecting a location to watch the show, please be mindful of the closed area surrounding the launch site on Iowa St. Heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic is expected with extremely heavy congestion at the conclusion of the fireworks event. As the celebration continues into the evening hours, additional Police Officers will be on duty. Their primary focus is to monitor evening activities. Enforcement will be strictly administered when police observe acts such as disorderly conduct, public intoxication, consuming alcohol in public, open containers of alcohol in public, curfew, illegal drug use or any other violations of state law and municipal code.
Donít forget that retail fireworks that are legal throughout much of Oregon are not permitted to be used in Ashland (including most varieties sold just outside the city limits). Violations of the fireworks law are a Class I violation and can include fines up to $500. However, there are three items that Ashland residents may legally use; smoke bombs, snakes and party poppers. The use of any spark-producing item which causes a fire is always prohibited.
Thank you and have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!