ASHLAND, Ore. — A lot of Fourth of July events are planned around Southern Oregon but violent events across the country are impacting our region’s preparations. In light of the April bombing at the Boston Marathon, many police departments are stepping up security.
Crews were out earlier today in Ashland posting signs like no parking along the street. Main Street will be closed Thursday to accommodate the parade. Parade officials are expecting 20,000 people to come out. People have already been out on the streets marking their spots with duck tape, their names, and chairs. They could start doing that early Wednesday morning.
Due to recent security threats happening in the United States, Ashland Police plan to take precautions and up security.
“This year we are enhancing security somewhat,” Chief of Ashland Police, Terry Holderness, said. “The Chamber of Commerce is putting up some security cameras on the parade route and we’re also taking some other security precautions just to make sure things are safe.”
The theme of the parade this year is “of the people, by the people” in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. The parade will begin Thursday morning at 10:15.