By John Anderson

The weather may look ominous for Thursday when Auburn has scheduled its Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks, but don’t despair. Sunday, the rain date, looks fantastic. Either way, the festivities begin at 6:00pm and end with the fireworks at 9:30pm. The WRTA will be providing free shuttles from the Auburn Mall, Pakachoag School and the Senior Center to the Pappas Recreation Complex.

Along with food, vendors, train rides, pony rides and a petting zoo, the Outriggers will be performing in the Pavilion beginning at 7:00pm. At 8:00pm, attendees are asked to gather in front of the Pavilion for a group photograph to celebrate Auburn’s designation as “Flag Town USA.” Up to 1,000 hand-held American Flags will be distributed for the occasion. Auburn Mass Daily Partner John Anderson will be taking the photograph from the bucket of AFRD’s Tower One.

According to Town Manager Julie Jacobson, “The group photo is to capture as many attendees as possible in front of the Performance Pavilion waving American flags in recognition of Auburn’s designation by President Eisenhower in 1957 as “Flag Town USA”. Earl Standring, Sr., an Auburn resident who was a veteran, a postal carrier, and member of the Chester P. Tuttle Post American Legion, Auburn Rotary Club, Auburn Elks and Knights of Columbus worked with the Boy Scout Explorer Post 53 to encourage every homeowner in Auburn to fly an American flag on their house as had been done during World War II.”

Copies of the photograph can be purchased through Auburn Mass Daily’s site and will help fund next year’s event. Volunteers will hand out flags to those watching the concert and those coming to the field for the photograph.

If you’re there, please participate. There’s a lot of grass to fill.