Red, White and Boom

By Yessenia Anderson

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Independence Day festivities have kicked off across the Rogue Valley and work for one of the biggest firework shows in the area was no exception.

The gates have opened up and the crowds are pouring in. Everything is set to go at the Expo, but it took a lot of work to make that happen.

Months of preparation came down to the final hours before the big celebration. Things like food concessions, decorations, and audio-visual equipment were all getting the finishing touches this morning.

After last year’s festivities, Expo officials say they’ve made some changes to make the event run smoother. The focus has been parking and traffic flow. Electronic signage, flaggers and maps have all been added.

The maps are set to be handed out at the gates. Officials ask drivers to simply follow the directions to make sure parking and exiting the area is done safely and in a timely manner. With such a high volume of cars, the pilot station across the street is asking drivers to keep parking inside the Expo. They will be monitoring their lot to keep spaces open for customers only.