Auburn’s Fourth of July Festival at Les Gove Park is finally returning this year for the first time since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The festival, which will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4, has something for everyone with entertainment on two different stages, a car show, inflatable rides, euro-bungee trampolines, train rides and more.
Admission to the festival is free, and people can purchase a wristband for $10 for unlimited activities, according to special events coordinator Kristy Pachciarz. Included in the unlimited activities wristband is inflatable rides, the trampolines, rock wall, train rides, mini-golf and laser tag.
“The festival is going to be pretty similar to what people have seen pre-COVID. We’ll have inflatable rides, the trackless train will be back, the rock climbing wall will be open. We’ll have numerous vendors in the park selling handcrafted items,” Pachciarz said.
The only activities that will not take place this year are the indoor events including the book sale and bingo, Pachciarz said.
Around 10 food vendors will be at the festival selling hot dogs, hamburgers, elephant ears and all the classics. Musical acts include Wally and the Beavs from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., then Groove Nation from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
In addition to the musical acts, the Vuelta La Luna Circus variety show will perform several times throughout the day, Pachciarz said.
Although there won’t be a fireworks show at the festival, Emerald Downs will hold its fireworks show on July 3, 2022. You can buy tickets to the Emerald Downs fireworks show online at emeralddowns.com.