Some 234 years ago, one of America’s founding fathers wrote in a letter to his wife that he believed future generations would have an “anniversary festival” to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
John Adams told Abigail that he envisioned the “day of deliverance” being celebrated with “pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations…” Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger read Adams’ words at the July 1 city council meeting.
Then on July 2-3, she and other city officials brought his centuries-old vision to life during Auburn’s two-day festival celebrating America’s independence.
The celebration featured bands and other entertainment on two stages, as well as pony rides, inflatables, dunking booths, a cakewalk, lawn games and even bungee jumping.
Ava Alexander displays a patriotic look at the City of Auburn July 4 weekend festival. A large turnout was on hand this summer as the city celebrated with numerous activities. Photo by Jessica Brown
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