By John Anderson
The fun begins tonight at 6:00pm at the Pappas Recreation Complex as the Town of Auburn celebrates Independence Day. With a weather forecast of 75˚, partly cloudy skies and a 0% chance of rain, it really couldn’t get much better. It will drop to 65˚ by the time the fireworks start, so a jacket or blanket might be in order.
After the opening ceremonies at the Pavilion, the Outriggers will perform from 7:00-9:00pm. Throughout the facility, food vendors will offer everything from fried dough to sausage grinders along with hamburgers, hot dogs, and cotton candy.
Entertainment will include kids games, a rock climbing wall, train rides, face painting, pony rides, a fun house, and even speed pitch. There is certainly enough to keep kids and their parents busy until the fireworks begin at 9:30pm.
The Auburn Police Department has advised that parking is restricted in the area of the complex and will be enforced. It is suggested that visitors park at one of the remote parking lots and ride a shuttle into the park. The WRTA is supplying two full size busses and 2 compact busses. At the end of the evening, the Auburn School District will add two additional school busses to hasten the exit.
The full size busses will drop off at the driveway on Pakachoag St. Only the compacts will drive into the complex, and they will be the only transportation from the Senior Center.
Remote parking with shuttle service is available at the Auburn Mall at the Macy’s Homegoods end; at the Senior Center on Goddard Dr. and at Pakachoag School on Pakachoag St. Shuttles will run continuously from 5:00pm-10:30pm.
This is poised to be another great Auburn event, and the following sponsors deserve recognition: Auburn Industrial Development Corporation, Hometown Bank, the WRTA, and the Auburn Mall.