On the afternoon of July 4, locals will once more head toward Duck Samford Park, where — whether they sit in a truck bed in a nearby parking lot or on a blanket at the park — they will watch a fireworks show celebrating the national holiday.
Jarrett Jones, director of the Frank Brown Recreation Center and event coordinator, encourages people to come into Duck Samford Park and enjoy the festivities there.
"If you want something to do earlier that afternoon, come on out to the park and give the kids something more to do," he said, noting that there will be inflatables and face-painting for the kids. A Cyber Game Truck will also be on-site, providing air conditioning and video games for kids ages 6 and older.
There will also be giveaways for those entering the park. Those who come early could receive anything from glow sticks and little toys to American flags and pinwheels.
Gates to the park will open at 5 p.m., an hour earlier than last year to give the community more time to be together.
Food trucks will offer food for purchase, such as hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, tacos and ice cream.
Families can also enjoy live entertainment from DJ K. Cole and Open the Skye, a band from Atlanta.
"We'll have music from start to finish," Jones said. "It's going to be a little bit different, but everyone is going to enjoy the band."
Aubie will also make an appearance at some point during the night, and Jones has also worked with local paramedics to have a cooling station at the park this year.
"If you want to cool off a little bit, that station will be available," he said.
The fireworks show will start at 9 p.m. and is sponsored by Briggs and Stratton, which donates $10,000 each year to pay for the fireworks show. Every other component of the event is paid for out of the Auburn Parks and Recreation budget, Jones said.
Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
The parking lot off Airport Road, which is shared between the Bo Cavin fields and the new Duck fields, will be closed to the public during the event to accommodate for the city's fireworks shoot site. However, the parking lot off East University Drive next to the Old Duck fields will be open to the public for parking.
Duck Samford Park is located behind the home side of Duck Samford Football Stadium.
Should it rain, the fireworks show will be delayed to July 5 at 9 p.m. Follow the city on Facebook to keep up with any weather updates.