July 4th Events 2020

1st Place
Aurora the Beautiful Contest- 1st place winner: Sydney, Grace and Grant Langell
2nd Place
Aurora the Beautiful Contest-2nd Place Winner: Kevin & Susan Kramer
3rd place
Aurora the Beautiful Contest-3rd Place Winner: Vickie & Evan Webster

Click here to watch the frog jumping video

Movie Night – Toy Story 4

Date: Friday, July 3, 2020
Time: Dusk – 11:00 pm
Location: Aurora High School – North parking lot
Address: 109 W. Pioneer Trail Aurora, oh 44202
Movie: Toy Story 4
Cost: Free! However, you must register for this event because SPACES ARE LIMITED. Social Distancing guidelines will be followed. Details below.

Important Event Information:

register online

  • Once you register, your spot will be reserved on a first come, first served basis the night of the movie.
  • When you arrive at the parking lot, provide the last name on the reservation and the parking attendant will check your name off the list and guide you to a spot in the parking lot.
    • Each car is allotted two spots to enforce social distancing.
    • Please make sure to keep at least 6 ft. distance between your party and others.
    • Masks will be worn by Parks & Recreation individuals.
  • A ticket will also be given to each car with directions on how to watch the movie from your FM radio.

“Find Your Happy Pace” – Aurora Virtual 5K

Date: Saturday, July 4 – Saturday, July 11
Time: Any time
Location: No set route
Cost: $30
Important Event Information:


Race Package Pictures

What is a virtual run?

A virtual run is a race you can run at any location, at your own pace, outside or on a treadmill, alone or with a group of friends or family.

  • What will I get with my registration cost?
    • Once you register for this event, you will receive a shirt, medal and a link to download a bib within 1-3 business days.
  • How long is registration open?
    • Registration for this event will close on Wednesday, July 8.
  • When can I run the Aurora Virtual 5K?
    • For this virtual race, we are recommending participants run/walk anytime between Saturday, July 4 – Saturday, July 11.
  • Can I walk this 5K, instead of running?
    • Yes, you can run/walk this race with family, friends, or by yourself, but remember to social distance.
  • Where do I log my race time?
    • Once you finish the virtual race, log back onto the registration site at www.goneforarun.com, locate our virtual race “Find Your Happy Pace” – Aurora Virtual 5K to post your finishing time.
  • Will there be a winner for this race?
    • Virtual races are meant to create a sense of community and togetherness during this challenging time, so there will not be a designated “winner” for this virtual 5K.
  • Can I post finishing pictures somewhere?
    • Yes! We are encouraging you to post your finishing pictures in your shirt and medal on Twitter by mentioning @auroraparksrec and on our “Find Your Happy Pace – Aurora Virtual 5K” Events page on Facebook!
      • Don’t forget to hashtag #AuroraStrong.

“Aurora the Beautiful” - Home Decorating Contest

Date to Submit Photos: Now through Saturday, July 4 
Location: Your home!
Important Event Information:

  • Aurora residents – decorate your driveway/lawn/home in patriotic themes as possible and send your photos to Jenny Nichols at nicholsj@auroraoh.com to be submitted into the “Aurora the Beautiful” contest!
  • Pictures should be submitted via e-mail starting now until the end of the day on Saturday, July 4th.
  • All submissions will be reviewed by the Parks & Recreation Department and the Mayor.
  • Top 3 will be chosen and announced by Friday, July 10th.
  • Winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card; two runner ups will receive a $25 Amazon Gift card.

“The Hoppin’ Frog” – Video Submissions

Date to Submit Videos: Now through July 4.
Location: Your home!
Important Event Information:

  • In lieu of our annual Frog Jumping Contest at our July 4th festival, we are accepting videos of your hoppin’ frog to compile a fun video!
  • Starting now until the end of the day, submit your short video of your hoppin’ frog to Jenny Nichols at nicholsj@auroraoh.com.
    • Videos to be no longer than 20 second please.
    • All submissions will be reviewed by the Parks & Recreation Department.
    • Once the video has been completed, it will be posted on our website and sent through the Parks &Recreation Twitter and Facebook pages.
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