Aurora announced a variety of July 4 festivities

Aurora’s annual Fourth of July celebration will take place Tuesday, July 4. The festivities will include a 5-kilometer run, parade, festival and fireworks display.

The city’s annual 5K Fun Run will be held at Bicentennial Park starting at 7 a.m. Participants can register for the race at or via walk-up registration prior to the run.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m., stepping off at Barrington Town Center and turning south on state Route 306 before turning onto West Pioneer Trail, ending at Aurora High School.

The Rev. Kevin Horak will serve as the parade’s grand marshal.

“Reverend Horak has contributed so much to this community for decades, not only in his role as associate pastor at The Church in Aurora, but also through his many years of supporting Aurora Community Theatre, both on and off stage, and his dedication to caring for the people of Aurora in numerous ways,” Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin said. “Aurora is a better place because of Reverend Horak.”

Following the parade, a family festival featuring food trucks, carnival concessions, inflatables, balloon art and face painting will commence at Kiwanis-Moore Park. There will also be booths from local businesses and organizations as well as a celebration of this year’s grand marshal.

The July 4 celebration will conclude with a fireworks display starting at dusk. The display will take place across from Fire Station 1, which is adjacent to Kiwanis-Moore Park.

Per Aurora city safety forces, residents are reminded to pay attention to road closures and be patient with crowd traffic to ensure everyone returns home safely.

For additional information about the festivities, visit or call Katie Nahra, events coordinator for the Aurora Parks and Recreation Department, at 330-526-4333.

Paige Fisher
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