Don’t miss the annual 4th of July Festivities. The theme for this year is, “Together We Thrive!”
The fun will kick off with the Ashland Parks & Recreation Run at 7:45 a.m., with the Ashland Chamber of CommerceParade at 10 a.m., followed by family-friendly activities in Lithia Park from Noon to 5 p.m., including performances at the Butler-Memorial Bandshell, crafts, food and information booths, along with the Family Activity Zone at the entrance to the park. View more on the Ashland Chamber of Commerce website and view the 2023 Community Celebration poster.
The Ashland City Band will offer a special Patriotic Concert at Noon at the Bandshell in Lithia Park. The American Band College will perform at 7:30pm at Ashland High School. (This is in lieu of a fireworks display.) Tickets are available at bandworld.org or at the stadium beginning at 6pm.
The public can expect street closures on Oak Street to Eagle Mill Road from about 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. to facilitate the Ashland Parks and Recreation runs.
Although the annual parade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., street closures will begin at 6 a.m. until about 1 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 4th parade spectators are asked not to place chairs, blankets and other placeholders on public property prior to 6 a.m. on the morning of July 3, 2023.
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 others’ 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 homeowner.
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.
Don’t 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. More information on our Ashland Fire & Rescue page.
Thank you and have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!