Aurora, Illinois appeared on the pop-culture map thanks to Wayne's World, the blockbuster Saturday Night Live-spawned movie starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey set in the City of Lights (as it's nicknamed). Located about 40 miles southwest of Chicago, Aurora has planned six months of fun activities in honor of the 25th anniversary of the movie, which came out on February 14, 1992.
(For those among us who recall seeing it in the theater while wearing bike shorts or overalls, the milestone anniversary may come as something of a shocking reminder about aging.)
Until the summertime, you'll be able to check out a replica of Wayne's basement cum public access TV show studio. Cameras are allowed, so the social media posts are going to be excellent. Life-size replicas of Wayne and Garth will be hidden throughout downtown Aurora if you want to go on a self-guided hunt. Highlights from the schedule of events include a donut taste-off from local shops at a replica of the movie's Stan Mikita's Donuts, air guitar competitions for kids and grownups, and anniversary screenings.
But the biggest potential rager goes down on the last day of Wayne's World festivities, which happens to be the Fourth of July.
In a pre-fireworks celebration, Aurora will attempt to break the world headbanging record to the tune of "Bohemian Rhapsody" (a pivotal song and scene from the movie).
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