This Celebration, now over 100 years old, is what makes Ashland a “great small town to live in.” The event begins with a run organized by the Ashland Parks & Recreation, followed by a Parade enjoyed by over 20,000 spectators each year beginning at 10:00am. After the parade concludes, there are over one hundred booths in Lithia Park featuring food, crafts, information and a Family Activity Zone while bands, including the Ashland City Band, perform all afternoon at the Lithia Park Bandshell. In the evening, enjoy the spectacular Fireworks which are visible all throughout town.
Thank you to the Ashland community for submitting theme nominations for the 2018 Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration.
This year’s theme will be -
This year, we are honoring our community and collaborative spirit that makes Ashland such a special place. As we gather together to celebrate the 4th of July in Ashland, raise your voices whether you are singing for joy, community spirit, America or Independence Day, join the parade with your friends and celebrate – Empowering Wellness Through Community
For 2018, we wanted to highlight our 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. Many organizations and community members work daily to make Ashland special. For example, for the 2018-19 year, OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) will celebrate their 25th anniversary. We look forward to honoring lifelong learning and continued support our local institutions such as OLLI, Ashland’s public and private K-12 schools, higher education (SOU and RCC), our vocational schools, the Ashland Public Library, local service clubs, Ashland YMCA and more! As we gather together to celebrate the 4th of July in Ashland, share your sense of community and join the Celebration with your organization, friends and family.
For the 2018 Grand Marshals, the Committee voted to honor Joyce Epstein and Mary Mastain. We will be inviting all those who are currently serving or are a Veteran to walk or ride in the Parade. Should you want to participate and to receive email instructions, please email Kelsey Frantz (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please help the Ashland Chamber of Commerce 4th of July Committee recognize these individuals for their great service to our Community and Country.
To commemorate the theme, the committee held a contest looking for a design to be used on the event t-shirt, posters, website and other promotional materials for the 2018 event. See this year's winning design and all submissions here.