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Independence Day A Midweek Holiday

By Danielle Craig

MEDFORD, Ore. — The holiday isn’t creating a three-day weekend this year because it falls right in the middle of the week, but people are still celebrating.

While people are filling their carts with the same foods for the holiday, the holiday itself is a little different this year because it falls in the middle of the week instead of being tacked on to either of the weekends before or after. For Sherm’s Food For Less, instead of just one busy day, the Wednesday holiday means a constant, week-long stream of customers.

The store sees about 10-15% more business on July 3rd, compared to the 3rd of any other month It’s prepared, with about 10 extra staffers on hand, helping customers get ready for the Fourth and, this year, for the weekend after Independence Day.

The “Red, White and Boom” committee members are hoping 2-3,000 visitors and locals will head to the Expo for Southern Oregon’s biggest fireworks display, no matter where they have to be on early Thursday morning.

“Red, White and Boom” is free to everyone, paid for by the city of Central Point, Red Robin and other local businesses. It’s happening at the Lithia Motors Amphitheater at the Expo tomorrow. Gates open at 5 p.m. and local bands start the show at 6 p.m. The fireworks are scheduled for around 9:45 p.m.