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July 4th Parades Draw a Crowd

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EAGLE POINT, Ore. —  The Fourth of July is traditionally a day for family gatherings and community celebrations of patriotism, but in this case, it is also a day for parades.

On Friday, three Independence Day parades were held across the Rogue Valley in Ashland, Central Point, and Eagle Point.  Eagle Point’s parade had 62 entries this year, ranging from fire crews and police to sports teams and local organizations.

“It’s the independence of America, and we are really really proud to be Americans, and I think the Fourth of July brings it out,” said Sandy Hammond, an Eagle Point Parade spectator.  “I wish we would think this way every day, but unfortunately we only do it once a year.”

Temperatures were in the mid-80s during the parade. The fire department did not hand out water this year, but there was a van filled with water bottles available on site for anyone who was thirsty.

Community members said events like this help to bring the city and its citizens together.