The Fourth of July Freedom Festival is more than a parade or Freedom Festival. It’s a gathering of people celebrating our independence through a variety of activities. The day begins at 6:45am with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Boy Scouts Crater Lake Council. Followed by a 5k and fun run sponsored by the City of Central Point Parks and Recreation Dept. The Parade begins at 9:30am with over 82 float entries from floats, bands, car clubs, equestrian entrants and other visual treats. Immediately after the parade, the Festival in Pfaff park includes free kids activities, live music, food vendors and artisan booths until 3:30pm. The evening ends with the Medford Chamber’s RED, WHITE & BOOM fireworks display at the Jackson County Expo at Sundown. (gates open at 5pm)
Thank you for attending the Central Point Chamber’s 4th of July celebration! We hope you enjoyed a day of good old fashion Fourth of July fun. Thank you Boy Scouts for putting on the Annual Pancake Breakfast, Parks and Recreation with Anytime Fitness for putting on the Run for Freedom (5k for ages 12 and up) and Kids Fun Run 4 Freedom (ages 5-12) – Sponsored by Grange Co-Op. CJ Shipley of United Risk sang the National Anthem and we heard the “Sound of Freedom” as an F-15 roared down Pine Street. Emcee Kingsley Kelly of KTVL channel 10 was hilarious and accompanied by the lovely Helen Funk. Jim McCoy from KDove emceed the Chamber booth accompanied by mix master Ivan Hernandez! Grand Marshal was Rick and Jan Bettenberg of Fidelity Print Quick, who are celebrating 30 years of service to the community!
Following the parade, families headed off to Robert Pfaff Park to enjoy the over 50 vendors, activities, free Big Air jump houses, water slide and photo booth (pics on chamber facebook page), beer garden provided by Los Arcos, live music by Mike Dunn and Friends, HUSK, Kevin Haney and The Holograms. The festival chair for the third year in a row was volunteer Ali Reed, owner of Evali Salon. Our sound was provided by Carlson Sound and Light at American West Bank and the Pfaff Park bandshell, as well as Dreamweaver Productions at the Chamber Announcer Booth. The winner of the Porta Potty Parade was Holiday Inn Express with the “Frozen” theme “let it go”. The first place float was Twin Creeks Retirement. All in all, everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to next year!
The evening ended with an amazing show and firewooks at Red, White and Boom at the Jackson County Expo.