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Celebrate Independence Day in the oldest town in Texas at the annual Southern Power Freedom Fest presented by the Nacogdoches Jaycees on July 4th. Families are invited to enjoy delicious festival food, children’s activities and a live musical performance by CulverHouse. The evening will culminate in a dazzling fireworks display beginning 30 minutes after dark. Admission is free.

“Freedom Fest has something for the whole family to enjoy from excellent food to show-stopping fireworks,” Bruce Mayberry of the Nacogdoches Jaycees. “What better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than to share it with family and friends at a safe and fun patriotic festival.”

Freedom Fest will take place from 5 to 9:30 p.m. in Festival Park, located just south of the downtown square in Nacogdoches. Guests are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets. Coolers and picnic baskets are welcome, but glass bottles and alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

The 4th Annual “All-American Hot Dog Eating Contest” will start at 6:30 p.m. and there will be three age groups: 7-12, 13-17, and 18+. Participants may register the day of the event 5-6:15 p.m. Registration is free. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Sharpen those washer-pitching skills for the 6th Annual “Star Spangled Pitch Off” washer tourney.  Teams of two have the opportunity to compete in this pitching event at 6 p.m. located by the children’s activities in downtown Festival Plaza. Contestants can sign up at the Jaycees info booth. Entry into the contest is $20 per team. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of the Pitch Off.

A fun children’s area will keep the kids entertained with arts and crafts, potato sack races, slides, moonwalks, and letters to the troops.

Other popular locations for viewing the fireworks are the University Mall, Williamsburg Plaza, Downtown Square, Nacogdoches County Courthouse, Coy Simms Softball Park, Brookshire Brothers on South Street and the Hotel Fredonia.

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