Unlike last year, the Auburn-Opelika area will have filled spaces for public events, ready to showcase the best fireworks and Independence Day entertainment. The list of events spans from Saturday, July 3 until Monday, July 5.
On Saturday, Opelika Parks and Recreation will host their 69th Freedom Celebration at Opelika High School beginning at 6:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a demonstration from the Silver Wings parachute team, supplemented by music from Route 66.
A large firework show will take place at 9 p.m. In addition, hotdogs, hamburgers and popcorn will be available for purchase leading up to the big show. The event is sponsored by community partners The Orthopaedic Clinic and the Kiwanis Club of Opelika.
The following day, Sunday, July 4, Auburn Parks and Recreation will host an Independence Day celebration at Duck Samford Stadium. Located at 1840 E. Glenn Ave., fireworks will be set off over the old water tower site on East University Drive, adjacent to Duck Samford Park.
Baseball fields 1-3 at the park, on 1720 E. University Drive, will be closed to the public to accommodate the fireworks shoot site. For those who want to watch from a different other location, the fireworks can be viewed from homes in the surrounding area, to as far as the Auburn Mall parking lot.
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Fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m. and are expected to end around 9:30. The parking lot off Airport Road, between the Bo Cavin and New Duck Samford fields, will be open to the public.
Finally, on Monday, July 5, the Auburn-Opelika Elks Lodge #1834 will host a post-Independence Day celebration in their Tiki Hut, located at 1944 Opelika Road. Members and their guests can join at any point from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a DJ on deck playing music at all times.
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