Texas Farm Bureau Freedom Fest Presented by metroPCS will once again be offering all the sights, sounds and tastes of an old-fashioned, community-wide Independence Day celebration on July 4 in Festival Plaza. Families are invited to enjoy delicious festival food, children’s activities and live music by local bands. The evening will culminate in a dazzling fireworks display sponsored by the Texas Farm Bureau 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,” said Melissa Sanford of the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau. “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 Plaza, located just south of the downtown square in Nacogdoches. Guests are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to Festival Plaza. Coolers and picnic baskets are welcome, but glass bottles and alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
The 2nd 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. at the CVB tent. Registration is free. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
Sharpen those washer-pitching skills for the 4th Annual “Star Spangled Pitch Off” washer tourney presented by Heritage Land Bank. 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 or download the registration form now, and entry into the contest is $20 per team. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of the Pitch Off.
Enjoy live music brought to you by The Barn Bar & Grill. The line-up at this year's Freedom Fest features two East Texas bands, Westbound 21 and CulverHouse.
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.
For more information about Freedom Fest, call the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau at 936-564-7351 or 1-888-OLDEST-TOWN.