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Celebrate the 4th with pancakes, kids games, parade and fireworks

By: Jack Morris, Special to the Loomis News
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A great way to experience an inexpensive family evening on Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4, is to attend the Auburn Area Lions Parade and see a colorful fireworks show. Both the parade and fireworks are free and only a few miles from Loomis. The Loomis Lions Club is one of five local groups sponsoring this year?s parade. Once the parade is underway, a wing-to-wing formation of private aircraft will pass over the parade route adding its presence to America?s annual celebration of its independence. More than 60 colorful floats, a marching band, horses and wagons, old cars and costumed clowns will head down Auburn?s Lincoln Way at 7 p.m. and march the mile to the Gold Country Fairgrounds entrance. In the center of the parade will be the Ophir Prison Marching Kazoo Band and Temperance Society making music and doing wild antics. The Ophir Prison musicians will later perform in the fairgrounds with their one of-a-kind concert. A colorful fireworks display at 9:40 p.m. will follow the concert. The holiday will kick off in Old Town Auburn at 7 a.m., with the annual Fire Department's pancake breakfast. Then, from 9 a.m. to noon, kids can participate in traditional old fashion games like foot races, gunny sack races, 3-legged races, barrel hoop roll, watermelon eating contest, Tug O? War, piñata, and balloon toss and the greased pole with money at the top. Prizes and ribbons will be awarded to the game winners.