070313 Ashland Will Hold 53rd Annual July 4th Parade, Fireoworks (393)

ASHLAND — This year's Ashland Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks celebration marks the 53rd consecutive celebration planned and presented by citizen volunteers and funded completely through donations.
The 2013 Independence Day Celebrations start with a fundraiser, the Common Man Pancake Breakfast, from 7-10 a.m. Tickets area $5 for kids and $7 for adults and all the money goes to funding the fireworks and parade each year.
The Independence Day Parade begins promptly at 10 a.m. Marchers, floats and performers line up at the Ashland Fire Department from 7 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. The Pemi Baker Valley Band and Sanbornton Band will both be returning this year.
New this year is the Home Days Celebration in LW Packard Ball Field immediately following the parade. Festivities begin with our Mini-Midway which will offer hot dogs, hamburgers, fried dough, French fries, donuts and pies. Local organizations and the Boy Scouts will be selling cold drinks. Food will be followed by fun assisted by the 8th Grade volunteers from Ashland Public School. Games will be held all afternoon and include bean bag toss, cloths pins in bottles, fishing game, coins in sawdust, chicken rescue and arm wrestling. A soccer game for all ages will begin at 1:30 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. sports begin with sack races, shoe toss, relay races and a three-legged race. Bingo for participants of any age begins at 4 p.m. in the Booster Club or in the Tents depending on the weather. The craft tent will offer various activities for all ages and face painting for the adventurous. The day concludes with Uncle Steve's Band playing live music from 6-9 p.m. at the basketball court.
On Friday, July 5, the Fireworks Celebration will be held in LW Packard Field with a Midway & Music from 5 p.m. until the fireworks commence. The Midway will include food, drinks, sweets, and ice cream.
The Common Man Chicken BBQ is $10 per person and includes a half-chicken, potato salad, garden salad, corn on the cob, roll with butter, and lemonade or coffee. Also offered are hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs & chicken. All the money raised will be donated to the 4th of July fireworks and parade.
The Ashland Fireworks Display by Atlas Pytotechnics will be managed by Charlie St. Clair and begin at 9:30 p.m.in the LW Packard Field. Spectators should remain in designated viewing areas only.