A Complete Guide: 4th of July Ashland

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As people gear up all around the nation for the biggest celebration of American culture, you most likely don’t want to miss out on the fun. Here are some ideas to fill your holiday weekend with only the best that Ashland has to offer! I have good news and bad news for you, which do you want first? I’ll shed the bad news first, as some of you may already know. Unfortunately, the pryo’s and the firework enthusiasts will have their spirits dashed due to the no firework policy within the Ashland City limits. While this may be a buzz kill to some, all hope is not lost for the kiddos out there. The City of Ashland does state on their website the following:

To keep Ashland safe from fireworks caused fires, enjoy the 4th of July Celebration with a fireworks display sponsored by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce. There are three items commonly referred to as fireworks, but are considered novelty items that Ashland residents may legally use: Smoke bombs Snakes Party poppers. City of Ashland

“Ashland’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July – Be Active, Live Healthy!”

4th of July Parade

This first thing on the agenda for the holiday weekend is Ashland’s Independence day parade! 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 Department, followed by a Parade enjoyed by an estimated 20,000 spectators beginning at 10:00am that day.  After the parade concludes, there are over one hundred booths in Lithia Park featuring food, crafts, information booths and a Family Activity Zone while bands, including the Ashland City Band perform all afternoon at the Lithia Park Bandshell. Then, enjoy spectacular Fireworks beginning at dusk which are visible all over town.


“39th Annual Ashland, Oregon 4th of July Run!”


In light of being active, and living healthy, this years Ashland 4th of July Run is being held by the Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission (APRC). Kicking off the run at 7:45 AM at 410 Siskiyou Blvd, corner of 3rd St and Gresham St., there are two routes in which one can participate! Attempting to motivate all parties to get out and be active, the first route is a 2-miles walk/run, that will run (pun intended) along a scenic and closed roadway. The second of routes is a 10K run (6.2miles) along the tree lined Bear Creek Greenway.Following the race, an awards ceremony will take place at noon at the Ashland Public Library, near the Start/Finish line. All age group winners will receive a gift; all finishers will receive a ribbon at the Finish Line! (Must be present to win.)

Independence Day Resource List

Independence Day In AshlandClick to view the Event Schedule
Lithia Park Event MapClick to view the Event Map
Fire Display Area Map Click to View Fireworks Display Area


Fireworks Display – the alternative to personal fireworks
The 4th of July fireworks display sponsored by the  Ashland Chamber of Commercecan be viewed from many locations in the city of Ashland July 4 at 10:00 p.m.. To plan for the best location to view the fireworks, click here for a map of the fireworks display area

The fireworks are launched on Iowa Street between Walker and Wightman, so this section of Iowa Street and the area around it is closed.  This area will remained closed on the the night of July 4th until the fireworks pyrotechnicians have cleared the fields for safety.  Please stay safe by remaining clear from this area until it has been opened to the public.


What is Open / Closed on the 4th of July:

  • Retail stores: Open at owner’s discretion.
  • Liquor stores: Open.
  • Supermarkets: Open.
  • Convenience stores: Open.
  • Restaurants, taverns, bars: Open.
  • Banks: Closed.
  • Libraries: Closed.
  • Stock market: Closed.
  • Municipal, state, federal offices: Closed.
  • Mail: Post offices closed; express delivery only.
Elizabethan Theatre sign ashland Oregon

America’s first Elizabethan theatre is in the heart of Ashland Oregon.

Antony and Cleopatra were pretty much the Brangelina of ancient times, only a whole lot more dramatic.

In this tragedy—written by none other than Shakespeare himself around 1608—Mark Antony (no, not that Marc Anthony) and Cleopatra fall in love. Simple enough, right?  Wrong.  These two aren’t your average star-crossed lovers. Oh no. They both rule over two of the most important empires in history: Rome and Ancient Egypt.

The play opens in Cleopatra’s palace in Alexandria, Egypt. But as the story continues, Antony’s political and social duties take the action to Rome, Syria, Actium, Parthia (modern-day Iraq), Athens, and various military camps throughout Egypt. The thing is, Antony and Cleopatra aren’t very good at the whole despot-jetsetter lifestyle and are constantly put in locations and situations where they question each other’s loyalty and love.

We won’t give away too much, but the fact that this is a tragedy should tell you a lot about how the play ends. The ending serves as yet another example of how passion mingled with power, treachery, and misunderstanding can lead to a tragic end. We see this time and again in Shakespeare’s great works.


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is in full swing! As the summer continues on, don’t miss your chance to see a world renown theatrical performance; one of Shakespeare’s wonderful plays: Antony and Cleopatra. Being America’s first Elizabethan Theatre, the Allen Elizabethan Theatre is the perfect venue to share a laugh, feel your heart beat, and be entertained by a world class enactment of a fabled tale depicting the fateful journey of love as it is bestowed upon the Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra.

A Love That Changed History

One fateful meeting reshapes the ancient world when the great Roman warrior Mark Antony, like Caesar before him, falls in love with the incomparable Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile. His devotion to desire rather than duty is the beginning of a downward spiral for him, the Republic and Cleopatra, the last in her bloodline. Shakespeare’s tragedy presents history as a breathtaking pageant full of passion, intrigue, exotic locales and the larger-than-life characters that brought about the death of an Egyptian dynasty and the birth of the Roman Empire.

Run Time: Three hours and six minutes, including one intermission.

Strobe lights, theatrical fog and haze, e-cigarettes and the sound of gunshots will be used in this production.

Purchase Tickets for Antony and Cleopatra at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Website.

Read Reviews for Antony and Cleopatra at the Ashland Shakespeare Review Website.

EmigrantLakeLocated just ten minutes from the Stratford Inn, Emigrant Lake is one of Ashland Oregon’s hidden jewels. Emigrant Lake is the perfect spot to relax, take a dip, and find some relief from the hot summer sun. For swimming and sun bathing, there is an area equipped with a dock as well as a small beach. If fishing is more your style, there are plenty of quiet areas around the lake to cast your rod for bass, crappie and trout. In addition to fishing and swimming, boating, kayaking, canoeing, and jet skiing are all common at the lake. Combining all of these activities with the beautiful scenic views, Emigrant Lake is a home run all summer long.

In addition to the activities highlighted above, Emigrant Lake also provides a camping and recreational area. This area is available for day and/or overnight use. The highlight of the recreation area is the 280-foot twin flume water slide. The recreation area also provides a play ground, as well as multiple picnic areas that are open to the public. If you are planning a trip to Ashland Oregon, Emigrant Lake is a must see landmark that has something for everyone.

lake of the woodsIf you are looking for a change of pace for your next visit to Ashland, consider adding a few nights at Lake of the Woods resort tyour trip. Lake of the Woods Resort is located approximately an hour northeast of the Stratford Inn, in the Cascade Mountains. Amenities at the resort include a general store, restaurant/bar, boat rentals, swimming area, and rental cabins. Lake of the Woods is a wonderful place to relax with family and friends, while enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors. The resort also provides excellent fishing, along with a gorgeous view of Mount Mcloughlin. In addition to all the outdoor fun, every Saturday the resort hosts a family bar-b-que, with music and dancing.

Once you’re done at the lake, make your way to Ashland to enjoy some Shakespeare and relaxation. OSF has plays showing at the three theaters, and this year’s lineup is sure to please everyone in your party. Check out the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s website for more details. The Stratford Inn is currently taking reservations for the summer and fall. Rooms are booking up quickly, so don’t miss your opportunity to make reservations today. Reservations can be made on our website, stratfordinnashland.com, or by telephone at 541-488-2151.


If you are looking for an outdoor adventure you won’t soon forget, a rafting trip down the Rogue River with Indigo Creek Outfitters is just what the doctor ordered. This mix of beauty and excitement is a perfect combination sure to satisfy people of all ages and experience levels. Rafting for the first time? Not a problem, these tours include an experienced guide, transportation to and from the river, and all necessary equipment for the trip.

In addition to the rafting, Indigo Creek Outfitters is the only rafting company to offer in house photos that can be taken home the same day as your trip. After the rafting has come to an end, head back to Indigo’s Ashland headquarters for refreshments and a slide show of all photos taken of your trip.

The trip itself starts out on land with a quick safety tutorial, followed by a few in boat tips on how to handle the rapids. After leaving shore you will experience level two and three rapids that are sure to leave a smile on your face. The climax comes toward the end of the trip where you will encounter the two largest rapids, Nugget Falls and Powerhouse rapids. These rafting trips are perfect for people of all ages and are a great way to take in the beauty of Southern Oregon, while experiencing the rush of white water rafting.

Ashland Shakespeare Theatre
Spring at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is about to begin!  Preview Week begins February 14th and should not be missed.  The plays to open the season are The Tempest, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Cocoanuts, and The Comedy of Errors.
The first play to run is The Tempest.  Set in the Renaissance, this play explores the strange and magical world of Prospero.  The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window set in 1964 Greenwich Village is extraordinarily contemporary in its relevance to today’s society as the play explores what it means to take a stand for one’s community while navigating the waters of commitment to oneself as well as to others.  Counteracting these dramas are Cocoanuts and The Comedy of Errors.  Cocoanuts feature the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin in this Marx Brother’s Romp.  Masterfully reinvented, the music and production aim to thrill.  And lastly, The Comedy of Errors set in the Harlem Renaissance is a comedy with heart centered on the reunion of family.
If you have not yet purchased tickets, it is not too late!  Check out www.osfashland.org or call the box office at 1-800-219-8161
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