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Ashland’s 4th of July parade

putting out the blankets chairs tarps for ashland oregon fourth of july parade

Yesterday’s entry began a series of posts on Ashland’s 4th of July celebrations. Ashland is known for several things: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Southern Oregon University, and probably number three on the list is the Fourth of July festivities.

In fact, the first time Ashland really jumped out on our radar was when we were passing through on the Fourth of July. “Wow,” we thought, “this town really does a lot of cool things and attracts a really big crowd for the 4th.” So big, in fact, that we couldn’t get a room and spent the night of the fourth on the road heading back to our home in San Jose, California, at the time, to arrive just before dawn.

Now we have lived here for almost nine years and have missed only two or three Independedence Day celebrations. Last year we missed it because we were in Copenhagen, Denmark. Next year we will miss it as we’ll be in Japan.

Today’s picture is of what happens to the roads in the day or two before the parade. Everyone stakes out their spots with chairs, blankets, and tarps on Siskiyou Boulevard. Tarps were actually banned this year, but I still saw many out there. This photo was taken not on the 4th but on the morning of the 3rd. You need to be prepared if you want a good spot at this event. I don’t need a spot this year as I’m in the parade. Stay tuned for more on that.

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