Thursday, July 3 2014, 08:57 PM CDT
Central Point and Medford Excited for Independence Day Festivities
By Aaron Nilsson/KTVL.comJACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- Independence Day and fireworks shows are upon us and some residents are looking to have a blast
Central Point Chamber of Commerce board member, Helen Funk, said the city’s “Freedom Festival” provides a full day of activities for everyone.
She is excited about the festivities starting with the Boy Scout’s pancake breakfast at 7 a.m.
She said people started setting up chairs as early as 5 a.m. Thursday morning for the parade.
“Everyone has their own idea of what the best seat in the house is and they have their reason of going there every single year and they’re never going to miss it,” Funk said.
Funk said with 80 entries for the parade, 50 vendors at the park and musical groups performing, it should be easy for visitors to have fun all day.
“All the way into the evening with the concert and then red white and boom starts and all you gotta do is turn your chair around and look the other direction,” Funk said.
“It is a huge show so people tend to watch wherever they are. They watch from their houses and some stop on the road to see it,” Paula Smith said.
Vice President of Marketing and Sales with Medford’s Chamber of Commerce, Paula Smith, said the sponsors and volunteers make Red, White and Boom the biggest fireworks show in southern Oregon possible.
Smith said it’s great to have a professional show for the residents especially during dry conditions because it keeps everyone safer.
“Giving people that option so they can go down and watch a professional show so they don’t have to take the risk of lighting their own fireworks especially the people who don’t live in the city around pavement,” Smith said.
Smith said Red, White and Boom is a great Independence Day way to celebrate our freedom, independence and to show the importance of our local veterans.
Central Point has its Run 4 Freedom adult 5K and kids run Friday morning starting at 7:30 a.m.