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Auburn to Celebrate 4th of July at Les Gove Park

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Auburn’s 4th of July Festival is an old-fashioned, hometown celebration featuring a Kids’ Bike Parade, a variety of handcrafted artisan vendors, food concessions and activities for all ages. Two live entertainment stages will feature a variety of top-level bands offering exciting performances.

  • When: Saturday, July 4, 11am to 4pm (wristband sales begin at 10am)
  • Where: Les Gove Park, 1005 12th Street SE
  • Information: complete event information and parking options are listed at www.auburnwa.gov/events. Call 253-931-3043 for additional information and questions.

Highlighting the festivities is the annual Kids’ Bike Parade. Children of all ages may line-up on their decorated bicycles, tricycles, strollers, wagons or unicycles beginning at 11:30 a.m. The parade begins at noon, lead by festively-decorated golf carts carrying Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus and City of Auburn Council members and other dignitaries from around the Auburn valley. Free festival activities include bocce ball, White River Valley Museum entry, face painting and much more. An event wristband can be purchased for $5 and is good for unlimited games of miniature golf, petting zoo visits, rides on the trackless train, pony carousel and Tubs O’ Fun, play on all inflatable rides, participation on the rock climbing wall and bungy trampolines and balloon art.

Over 40 craft vendors will offer an array of hand-crafted items, from jewelry and kids’ items to fine art and candles, the Auburn Golf Course will be offering mini golf, and festival goers can admire unique cars in the car show. The White River Valley Museum will offer free admission during the festival and the Auburn Bocce Club will provide free instruction and demos. This year’s event also features a Book Sale in the Les Gove Building, hosted by the Friends of the Auburn Library, bingo, an apple pie eating contest, a food court and much more. 

Back again at this year’s event is the Cyclone Swing – the big daddy of carnival rides!  Located on the North side of the festival grounds, the 20-seat Cyclone Swing holds all ages, 40-200 lbs.   This ride is perfect for those seeking an added thrill and is available for $5/ride.

New this year is the Museum of Curious Things, a mobile museum that houses a collection of oddities and curiosities from around the world.  The Museum will be offered for free to our festival guests.

The Freedom Stage boasts the energetic southern rock/country band, Doublewide, followed by Matt Baker’s Comedy Stunt Show and the contagious sound of Mr. Pink. The 9th annual Apple Pie Eating Contest will be held at the stage at 2:30pm, followed by the well-known Spazmatics.  Across the park on the Independence Stage, Message from Guinea, a participatory African music and dance performance will kick off the day, followed by the Opening Ceremony.  Neverhazbeen, Seattle’s premier classic rock band will rock the stage, followed by Matt Baker’s Comedy Stunt Show.  The Ian McFeron Band, playing Americana Folk Rock ends the afternoon.

The free Auburn Fourth of July Festival is presented by the City of Auburn and produced by the Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Department. A patriotic shout out to Overcomer Covenant Church for their support of the festival. A big thank you to 100.7 The Wolf for their media support. For information, visit www.auburnwa.gov/events or call 253-931-3043.