Ashland 4th of July parade signals good things to come for the city

ASHLAND, Ore.– Thousands of people lined the streets of Ashland for its annual Fourth of July parade.

The theme for this year’s parade was ‘Together, We Thrive’.

This year’s parade featured floats, marching bands, mascots, sword fighting and much more.

Many Ashland residents were encouraged by how many people showed up for the parade, some estimating the turnout was larger than Ashland’s entire population.

Long time resident John Barton said, “the city is coming back, we’ve been through a very difficult time with covid, with the smoke with the heat, we’ve had many many people not coming here that used to come.”

For some, it was their first Fourth of July parade, but for some long time Ashland residents, it was a return to normalcy.

After the parade, spectators made their way down to Lithia Park, where dozens of booths were selling everything from ice cream to jewelry.

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Former NBC5 News reporter Derek Strom is from Renton, Washington. He recently graduated from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University with a degree in Broadcast News and a minor in Sports Management. He played in the drumline with the WSU marching band. These days, he plays the guitar and piano. Derek is a devoted fan of the Mariners, Seahawks, and Kraken.
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