4th of July Parade and Fireworks
Ashland has always celebrated Independence Day with great vigor. It was in fact on the 4th that the first Shakespeare Festival Performance began. Today, the 4th of July Parade is a wild affair with nude marchers, fanciful costumes, bicycle and skate board stunts, and enviromental theme floats, as well as the usual small town parade of fire trucks, high school bands, and civic clubs. The 4th of July Parade is very well attended and people set out lawn furniture early in the morning. On the night of the 4th, I saw a fireworks display fit for much larger city. Ashland goes all out on the 4th, as homes are decorated in the red, white, and blue. Ashland is very patriotic and liberal, believing strongly in the civil liberties that make America great, but the artistic bent of the residents here tends to be irreverent to American's moralistic majority.