4th of July Celebration comes to Creswell

and Creswell School District does it part.

Excerpt from City of Creswell’s “Creswell Connection” – Read the entire Creswell Connection Newsletter

Join us for the Annual 4th of July Celebration!

Do you ever miss that small town charm filled with familiar faces and community get-togethers? Well, for those not familiar with Creswell’s ever- growing 4th of July celebration, it is a taste of Americana that is becoming harder and harder to find. For Creswell, the big day is not just about patriotism– but also coming together as a town to partake in a variety of festivities and get lost in the simple splendors of our town, the “Friendly City”.

Stop by Harry Holt Park to start off the day with a traditional breakfast of pancakes, eggs and more from 7:00 to 10:30 a.m. Next, head over to the parade that is headed by South Lane County Fire & Rescue and attracts more than 100 entries every year! This special event starts at 11:00 a.m. at Creslane Elementary and heads south down N. 8th Street, to Oregon Avenue. The chain then travels north on 1st Street to Morse Avenue, then to Creswood Drive where it will head back to South A Street, ending at Creslane. The parade entails a variety of spectacles for everyone in the family: decorated horses, blaring fire trucks, hotrods, marching bands and a magnificent fly- over from F-15’s, compliments of the 114th Fighter Squadron Kingsley Field, Oregon. Roads will be closed to accommodate the parade no later than 10:30 a.m. So, for your own convenience, plan alternate routes accordingly if you will be driving during this time.

After several events during last year’s 4th of July parade exposed some extreme safety concerns, a committee was formed that included members of the Fire Department, Sheriff’s Office, City, Chamber of Commerce and ODOT to discuss safety issues. That collaborative effort has resulted in a multitude of improvements for this year’s event. There will be free parking at the Bald Knob Mill Site located at 33662 E. Park Ave., off Hwy 99 heading south, where the CHS Girls Soccer Team will be manning the parking lot, and accepting donations to help fundraise for their sport. There will be bus transportation to the parade, thanks to the Creswell School District and South Lane Wheels. The bus will start transporting at 8 a.m. and go until 2 p.m. The route will go from Mill St. to Oregon Ave. and down D street, where the bus will drive back to Bald Knob, having stops along the way. There will also be disability access and traffic flow modifications to address blocked traffic on I-5 and provide signage for motorists who need to bypass the parade. Some modifications in pa- rade entry responsibilities include mandating a safety buffer to prevent injury to spectators, and a slight change in the parade route. Because of the route alteration, approximately 400 residents of the Meadow Lane subdivision who were completely inaccessible due to traffic blockades during the parade, will now have access to emergency response and medical attention, if needed.

Directly following the parade, stop back at Holt Park, where an array of music, mingling, sales booths and all the food you can eat will be available. It is a great way to keep the kids entertained with activities and crafts and gives everyone a chance to relax in the friendly, summer atmosphere.

Just when it seems like all of that would make for a great July 4th on it’s own– there’s more! At around 10:30 p.m. an amazing fireworks display takes place in the fields between Creswell High School and Creslane Elementary. Everyone is welcome to bring their chairs and blankets and enjoy the show! Please drive slowly, and pay attention to pedestrian traffic around you. Traffic is always congested in town until well after the fireworks are over, so be patient and kind to each other.

In an effort to make this event fun and safe for everyone, please respect others around you and refrain from bringing alcohol, firearms or personal fireworks, and absolutely NO dogs in the park. This event is sponsored by the Creswell Chamber of Commerce, City of Creswell, Ray’s Food Place, Foster Farms, South Lane County Fire and Rescue, Creswell School District, Sanipac, and Comfort Inn.

The Creswell Chamber of Commerce organizes this event each year and somehow manages to staff it entirely with volunteers. This amazing display of generous volunteerism is a prime example of why Creswell is such a great town! So, throughout the day, if you see someone working hard while you enjoy the festivities, stop and take time to give them a great big thank you for making Creswell the place to be on Independence Day!

Event Schedule Summary:

7:00am-10:30am: Chamber Breakfast

9:00am – 4:30pm: Entertainment @ Holt Park

10:00am – 4:30 pm: Food & Craft Booths @ Holt Park

11:00am: Parade

Dusk: Fireworks!

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