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Events coordinated by entities other than the City of Auburn may require a Special Event Permit Application.

To sponsor an event, view the 2020 Event Sponsorship Package (PDF)

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Auburn's Salute to Veterans

locations vary; see details below

Auburn, Washington is designated by the Veterans Day National Committee and the US Department of Veterans Affairs as a Regional Site for the celebration of Veterans Day 2020. The City of Auburn is proud to be a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner and considers it an honor and privilege to host this event. Auburn has hosted the Veterans Parade since 1965. Now in its 55th year, the parade has grown into one of the largest parades of its kind in the United States of America.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to host a parade and other activities in the traditional way this year. However, the City of Auburn is still committed to honoring our Veterans in 2020 and will  be offering Auburn's Salute to Veterans this November. The five-day celebration will begin on Saturday, November 7 with a vehicle procession, feature a variety of video tributes and other special activities and culminate with a Remembrance Ceremony on Wednesday, November 11. Here is a schedule of the planned activities for 2020:

 

Saturday, November 7
Veterans Vehicle Procession
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E Street SE
Vehicle ProcessionThis event will give both parade participants and our loyal spectators an opportunity to participate. Participation in the procession is geared for Veterans, active military members, Veteran Service Organizations, historic military vehicles, living history groups and other Veteran-related groups. Procession participants will do a 'drive-thru', 'contactless' check-in at Veterans Memorial Park and enter the procession route. Procession participants will receive a 'memento' item at check-in that will help identify their vehicles as part of the procession in order for spectators to more easily identify them and cheer them on. 

We encourage our community groups and parade spectators to find a spot along the procession route to welcome our Veterans along the way. View the Procession Spectator Map (PDF) for suggested viewing locations. This is meant to be a  fun twist to our traditional parade. The vehicle procession route is 3 miles long (that's roughly 6 times the length of the traditional parade), allowing for social distancing for our spectators. It is imperative that the spectators follow social distancing and other COVID-safety requirements currently in place while viewing the procession.

Pre-registration is open until Wednesday, October 28.

Veterans, Military and Veteran Organizations registration form - Vehicle Procession participation for Veterans, Military Groups, Veteran Service Organization, Military Car Clubs and Military Vehicles, Living History Groups and other Veteran-related organizations
Invited Dignitaries/VIP's registration form - for invited Dignitaries/VIP's only
Community Group Spectator Registration Form - group spectator participation for our non-veteran groups
Veteran Vehicle Procession Rules & Regs (PDF)
Procession Route Map for Participants (PDF) - this map shows the procession route for participants driving/riding in the procession
Procession Route Map for Spectators (PDF) - this map shows recommended viewing areas along the procession route

Sunday, November 8
Virtual Veterans Tribute Program

Airing at 6:30 PM
This virtual program will include live performances, patriotic music, inspirational stories and a walk down memory lane. The program will be showcased on all of Auburn's social media outlets on November 8 at 6:30 PM.

Monday, November 9
Virtual Veterans Museum Showcase
A thoughtfully compiled list of virtual exhibits at our local and national Veterans Museums that you won't want to miss, along with a handful of local artifacts and historical stories curated by Auburn's own White River Valley Museum

Tuesday, November 10
Sweet Treats for Vets (sponsored in part by the Auburn Noon Lions)
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth Street SE
Coffee and cinnamon rolls for Veterans and our active military. This is slated to be a drive-thru event at the Auburn Senior Activity Center. So we can properly plan, we will be requiring guests to complete a simple registration form to RSVP for this free event. RSVP'ing is available through November 6 at 12:00 PM. Thank you to the Auburn Noon Lions Club for sponsoring this event!

Remembrance Ceremony

Wednesday, November 11
Virtual Remembrance Ceremony
Airing at 11:00 AM

A pre-recorded ceremony from a previous year to enjoy as we celebrate Veterans Day! Take some time to thank a Veteran for their service and sacrifice. 

Official Forms and Helpful Information:

There is absolutely no parade parking in local business' parking lots. Please be courteous when parking in the areas surrounding the procession route. 

For dining and lodging information, please visit www.exploreauburn.com.

Contact Information:
Kristy Pachciarz, Special Events Coordinator
253-931-3043

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Veterans Parade 4

8:00AM - 9:00PM

Gingerbread Contest

Virtual

FREE -Due to COVID-19, this year's Gingerbread  Contest will be moving to a virtual contest
Gingerbread House

This fun event celebrates the holidays and brings the community out to see what Auburn can build! Any structures real or imaginary, houses, igloos, spaceships, etc. will be accepted. This event is free and open to all groups and individuals. 

Application Deadline: Monday, November 23, 2020

Virtual entries live & voting opens: Monday, November 30, 2020
Voting ends & contest closes: Friday, December 18, 2020

Online Gingerbread Contest Application
Gingerbread Contest Application (PDF)

A winner from each category will be announced on Saturday, December 19, 2020 will be awarded a $30 gift card.

Applicants must adhere to the contest rules listed on the application:

  • Child category is ages 12 and under - if selecting the child category the child must construct 100% of the structure.
  • Teen category is ages 13-18
  • Adult category is ages 19 and up
  • Entry must be appropriate for audiences of all ages
  • Entry must be original and built in 2020
  • Entry must be 90% edible on the exterior
  • Any structure - real or imaginary is eligible for entry i.e. house, train, igloo, spaceship, etc.
  • Each applicant must submit 5-10 photos of their structure.
    • Please submit a mix of photos that include your structure being built and in it's finished form
    • Please note you must apply before submitting photos.
    • Click HERE to submit photos  
  • The winner from each category will receive a $30 gift card
  • The City of Auburn reserves the right to remove any entry from display at any time, for any reason, and at its sole discretion

Questions? Contact Amanda Valdez or call 253-931-3043. 

Special Thanks to our 2020 sponsors!
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4:30PM - 5:30PM

Santa Parade and Tree Lighting

Downtown Auburn

Auburn's 2020 annual Santa Parade is currently under review. Due to COVID-19 changes will be made to this event to keep our community safe. Stay tuned for details...

Contact Information
Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation
253-931-3043
Amanda Valdez, Special Events and Farmers Market Coordinator

8:00AM - 9:00PM

Gingerbread Contest

Virtual

FREE -Due to COVID-19, this year's Gingerbread  Contest will be moving to a virtual contest
Gingerbread House

This fun event celebrates the holidays and brings the community out to see what Auburn can build! Any structures real or imaginary, houses, igloos, spaceships, etc. will be accepted. This event is free and open to all groups and individuals. 

Application Deadline: Monday, November 23, 2020

Virtual entries live & voting opens: Monday, November 30, 2020
Voting ends & contest closes: Friday, December 18, 2020

Online Gingerbread Contest Application
Gingerbread Contest Application (PDF)

A winner from each category will be announced on Saturday, December 19, 2020 will be awarded a $30 gift card.

Applicants must adhere to the contest rules listed on the application:

  • Child category is ages 12 and under - if selecting the child category the child must construct 100% of the structure.
  • Teen category is ages 13-18
  • Adult category is ages 19 and up
  • Entry must be appropriate for audiences of all ages
  • Entry must be original and built in 2020
  • Entry must be 90% edible on the exterior
  • Any structure - real or imaginary is eligible for entry i.e. house, train, igloo, spaceship, etc.
  • Each applicant must submit 5-10 photos of their structure.
    • Please submit a mix of photos that include your structure being built and in it's finished form
    • Please note you must apply before submitting photos.
    • Click HERE to submit photos  
  • The winner from each category will receive a $30 gift card
  • The City of Auburn reserves the right to remove any entry from display at any time, for any reason, and at its sole discretion

Questions? Contact Amanda Valdez or call 253-931-3043. 

Special Thanks to our 2020 sponsors!
Jimmy John's logo