Auburn’s Top 5 Events on the 4th

Events at fairgrounds, Old Town, Downtown
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Gus Thomson/Auburn Journal

The red, white and blue bunting festooning Old Town Auburn is in preparation for Wednesday’s July 4 celebration. The flag on the firehouse has been waving atop the building since it was constructed in the 19th century.


Auburn’s Fourth of July celebration starts early and ends late, with organizers piling on enough  fun to put a patriotic smile on even Benedict Arnold’s treasonous mug.

The Journal has compiled a Top 5 list of some of the potential highlights for celebrants.

So dust off your Uncle Sam hat, brush up on the words to The Star-Spangled Banner and prepare to celebrate with:


1.The greased-pole climb. Legends are made with this one as children attempt to reach the top of a greased pole during Old Town old-fashioned kid games activities from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday in Old Town. The prize at the top of the pole is a wad of bills but it’s priceless to watch the efforts of the children in their quest for cold, hard cash. The pole climb ends when the cash is won.


2.The parade. From Harrison Street down Lincoln Way to High Street to the fairgrounds, this year’s parade starts at 7 p.m. In fact, be at the Gold Country Fairgrounds and the parade will pass through there as well. The parade is celebrating the American pioneering spirit this year.


3.The fireworks. Pick your favorite vantage point at or near the fairgrounds and be prepared when it gets dark to be wowed. It’s a 20-minute spectacular. But please leave the dog at home and keep any youngsters in tow. Things are going to get loud.


4.The pancake breakfast. The pancakes will start flipping at 7 a.m. Wednesday and keep on cooking through at least 10 a.m. At a price of $10 for adults and $5 for children, the Auburn Hook and Ladder Company will be throwing in sausages, eggs, java, orange juice and a dollop of patriotism. Breakfast is served in the Bootlegger’s restaurant parking lot, 210 Washington St..


5.Last but not necessarily least, Family Fourth festivities at the fairgrounds from 4 to 9:30 p.m. will feature Auto Reverse, a boomer-oriented covers band from Sacramento who recently rocked out at the Placer County Fair with their renditions of “Smoke on the Water,” “Twice As Hard As the First Time” and others. Food vendors and a kid’s bounce house are also at the fairgrounds.