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Freedom Festival 2022

Each year, Cedar Rapids hosts a 3-week festival culminating on the 4th of July with the largest fireworks show in Iowa.

Each year, Cedar Rapids hosts a 3-week festival culminating on the 4th of July with the largest fireworks show in Iowa. Check out what hundreds of thousands of visitors already know, Cedar Rapids is the place to be for safe, affordable and patriotic events for the whole family. Get your $5 Freedom Festival Button for discounts or free entry at all the events!

Tuesday, June 14th

6 - 6:30 p.m.: Flag Retirement, Kirkwood Community College

  • Honor our military and thank them for their service and sacrifice while experiencing a traditional American flags retirement ceremony. Learn More.

Friday, June 17th

6 - 9 p.m.: Tribute to HeroesThe Hotel at Kirkwood

  • A signature of the Freedom Festival returns to recognize even more amazing heroes and individuals that have made a positive contribution to the Cedar Rapids community. Don’t forget to bid in the online silent auction. Learn More.

Saturday, June 18th

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: AMVETS Bug Run, McGrath Powersports

  • Join the AMVETS for their 23rd Annual Veterans Fundraiser! Kickstand up at 10:00am. This event raises funds to support, aid and assist local area veterans. This year’s ride will have 3 to 4 stops with a mid-ride meal! Learn More.

6 - 10 p.m.: Balloon Glow & Great American Kites, Jones Park

  • The event begins with kites flying high in the sky, and as the sunsets, the balloons rise. Once the balloons land, attendees will be able to get up close and personal with these amazing hot air balloons! Learn More.

A collage of four images: a stilt-walker in a red, white and blue Uncle Sam outfit, two hot air balloons preparing to take off, a fireworks display in the sky above Cedar Rapids, and children on a patriotic parade float waving to crowds.

Wednesday, June 22nd

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Special Needs Rock ‘N BowlSpareTime Entertainment

  • Celebrate the 7th year of this fantastic event with the disability community, their friends and family. Gain entry with your Freedom Festival Button to enjoy free bowling in the Elite Suite and a free photo booth. Learn More.

Thursday, June 23rd

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Jump for Freedom - Dock DogsKingston Stadium – North Fields

  • Dock Dogs and Dueling Dogs return this year for more competitive dog jumping with three main aquatic events: big air, extreme vertical and speed retrieval. FREE admission all day Thursday June 23rd! Learn More.

Friday, June 24th

8 a.m.- 6 p.m.: Jump for Freedom - Dock DogsKingston Stadium – North Fields

  • Dock Dogs and Dueling Dogs return this year for more competitive dog jumping with three main aquatic events: big air, extreme vertical and speed retrieval. Kids 8 years old and younger get in free! Learn More.

Saturday, June 25th

7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Jump for Freedom - Dock DogsKingston Stadium – North Fields

  • Dock Dogs and Dueling Dogs return this year for more competitive dog jumping consisting ofwith three main aquatic events: big air, extreme vertical and speed retrieval. Kids 8 years old and younger get in free! Learn More.

10 a.m.: Freedom Festival Parade, Downtown Cedar Rapids

  • Don’t miss this year’s Freedom Festival parade with a Stars & Stripes Forever theme. Head to downtown Cedar Rapids to celebrate with candy, friends, music and floats! Learn More.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Imagination! Square, Green Square Park

  • Powered by Tanager Place, this event provides FREE family-friendly, educational interactive booths and hands-on activities. Enjoy fan favorites like a bouncy house, face painting, the Freedom Festival trackless train rides, boy scouts pinewood derby track, and freebies from area businesses and organizations! Learn More.

2 – 8 p.m.: Volta Youth Music & Arts Festival, Green Square Park

  • Join the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy for a full day of incredible music and art at Green Square Park! Enjoy youth rock bands and other area youth musicians, as well as performances from local, professional rock bands! Learn More.

Sunday, June 26th

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Jump for Freedom - Dock DogsKingston Stadium – North Fields

  • Dock Dogs and Dueling Dogs return this year for more competitive dog jumping consisting ofwith three main aquatic events: big air, extreme vertical and speed retrieval. Kids 8 years old and younger get in free! Learn More.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Freedom Bike RideLowe Park Arts & Environmental Center

  • From training wheels to triathlon competitors, ALL are welcome at the 6th annual Freedom Bike Ride! This new and improved ride will include three different loop routes, 10 miles, 25 miles, and 50 miles, that will pass though Marion, Cedar Rapids, Center Point, and Hiawatha. Come join us and enjoy the ride and pit stops along the way! Learn More.

6 – 9 p.m.: 34th Army Band ConcertLowe Park Amphitheatre

  • The 34th Army Concert Band, stationed in Fairfield, IA, is the only military band in the state of Iowa and they will be performing a FREE concert at Lowe Park. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the concert. Coolers are allowed, and food vendors will be on site for purchase. Learn More.

Collage of four images, including a fireworks display over Cedar Rapids, a dock jumping from a dock as a man throws a ball, an conductor standing before an orchestra in front of a large American flag, and three hot air balloons preparing to take off in front of a crowd of spectators.

Tuesday, June 28th

7 – 8 p.m.: Voices of Hope, Marion United Methodist Church

  • Voices of Hope is a choral presentation of patriotic music and narration that draws on our great heritage of hymns, folk songs, new songs, classic poetry, prose and scripture. The concert will include recognition of veterans, military service men and women, and civil servants. Bring the whole family for a patriotic evening. Learn More.

Wednesday, June 29th

7 – 8 p.m.: Voices of Hope, Marion United Methodist Church

  • Voices of Hope is a choral presentation of patriotic music and narration that draws on our great heritage of hymns, folk songs, new songs, classic poetry, prose and scripture. The concert will include recognition of veterans, military service men and women, and civil servants. Bring the whole family for a patriotic evening. Learn More.

Friday, July 1st

8 - 10:30 p.m.: Laser Light ShowHawkeye Downs

  • The 2022 Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival is excited to host a Laser Light Show produced by Laser Encore! Come join us at Hawkeye Downs for a spectacular show! Seating will be available in the grand stands. Learn More.

Monday, July 4th

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Pancake BreakfastImOn Ice

  • Start your July 4th festivities with a delicious breakfast for just $5.00! Grab your pancakes breakfast and enjoy your meal inside ImOn Ice! Learn More.

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Car Show, Cedar Rapids Kernels Parking Lot

  • Check out the area’s most authentic and unique cars, motorcycles, and vehicles. Awards will be given for top 24 with 6 special categories including engine, paint, interior, wheels, motorcycles and best-in-show. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Learn More.

6 - 9:45 p.m.: Freedom Festival 4th of July ConcertMcGrath Amphitheatre

  • Johnny Holm Band returns for one huge 4th of July finale party! Perfect for all ages and the best seat in the house for the Celebration of Freedom Fireworks. Enjoy an amazing show with just the price of a $5 Freedom Festival button. Kids 8 and under are always free! Doors open at 6 p.m. with first-come seating! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Learn More.

6 - 10 p.m.: Celebration of Freedom Fireworks, Downtown Cedar Rapids

  • The 4th of July and fireworks are what the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival was founded upon. The Freedom Festival has grown to offer the Corridor the largest fireworks display in Iowa on the 4th of July! Sit back and enjoy the music of today and yesterday’s hits while we put on the show of the year. The 2nd Avenue Bridge & McGrath Amphitheatre will be open for entry beginning at 6 p.m. Learn More.

A collage of three images: a family in a hot air balloon basket as it's torch ignites overhead, fireworks display in the skies above Cedar Rapids with a building in the foreground, and a bicyclist in a patriotic outfit with American flags during a parade.

Other Freedom Festival Events!

Tribute to Heroes Silent Auction, Online

  • Support the Freedom Festival and bid on some amazing auction items with the online portion of the Tribute to Heroes hybrid event! Learn More.

Patriotic Porch Contest, Cedar Rapids

  • Linn county businesses and residents compete for the most creative, fun and patriotic décor! Check social media or drive through Cedar Rapids to find your favorites! Learn More.

Military Tribute Banners, Downtown Cedar Rapids

  • The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival is excited to continue for a 2nd year, the Military Tribute Banner Program, proudly sponsored by Hills Bank! These full color banners showcase veterans and active duty military personnel on select light poles throughout downtown Cedar Rapids. Learn More.
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