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Red, White & Boom Preparations

FireworksCENTRAL POINT, Ore. — This Independence Day, we celebrate the 237th birthday of our nation, with parades, BBQ’s and fireworks. Cities and counties across Southern Oregon and Northern California are gearing up for a fun-filled holiday.

The Chamber of Medford-Jackson County is expecting 3,000 people to pack the Lithia Amphitheater tonight. It says another 9,000 people, throughout the Rogue Valley, will likely be watching. The big fireworks show kicks off around 10 p.m. The event is free.

Fireworks in Ashland will be launched from the athletic fields at Southern Oregon University, starting at about 10 p.m. In Eagle Point, their fireworks show begins at dusk.

In Josephine County, the fireworks are back, after last year’s absence. The fireworks spectacular is going on at the grandstands area of the fairgrounds. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. The show starts at 9:45. Admission is free.

The Second Annual Firecracker Mile kicks things off in Klamath County. The race will start at 4:45 p.m. at the intersection of spring and main in Klamath Falls, followed by a parade down Main Street at 5 p.m.

The Klamath Independence Jamboree will start in Veteran’s Park immediately after the parade. Activities will include face painting, bounce houses, ring toss, games and more. Things caps off with Klamath’s Annual Fireworks display over Lake Euwana, which begins around 10 p.m.