In celebration of America’s birthday, the City of O’Fallon, Missouri, is holding the city’s biggest festival of the year, the three-day Heritage & Freedom Fest on July 2, 3 and 4. The event will be held at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard (63366), about one mile north of I-70.
Admission, parking and shuttles, live concerts by nationally-known entertainers, two nights of fireworks, shows by professional stunt artists and Kids’ Zone activities are free. FAQS, parking directions, entertainment schedules and song samples by headline entertainers are posted on www.heritageandfreedomfest.com.
On each of the three days:
- Carnival rides for all ages will be open July 2-4. Unlimited carnival ride wristbands will be sold on site for $20 each, but they can only be used on Saturday, July 2.
- Food trucks and concessionaires will be open throughout the festival with food for sale that includes wood-fired baked pizza and pretzels, pulled-pork sandwiches, funnel cakes, bloomin’ onions, Thai red pork, Thai sweet and sour chicken, alligator on a stick, pork rinds, shish kebob, BBQ riblets, BBQ chicken on a stick, fried mac and cheese, kettle corn, shaved ice, fruit smoothies and other beverages. (Vendors are subject to change without notice.)
- Merchandise vendors also will be open July 2-4 with jewelry for people and pets, sunglasses, items for babies, wooden toys, tie-dye apparel, pool and patio décor and photos taken with superhero capes and princess accessories.
Family Day – Saturday, July 2, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Family Day features carnival rides, midway games and concessions, and a concert of patriotic music by the 135th Army Band (Missouri National Guard) Bear Brass ensemble from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, July 3, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- USAF Band of Mid-America “Roots in Blue Ensemble” will perform at 3:30 p.m. Celebrating America’s diverse musical cultures, this six-piece ensemble performs old and new American rock, blues, country and folk music, with the musicians incorporating a variety of instruments including the Irish penny whistle, accordion, bodhran, upright bass, guitar, banjo and even bagpipes.
The music continues Sunday evening, Country Music night:
- Chase Bryant at 7 p.m. This top-flight guitar player, songwriter and recording artist co-produced his own debut album, Chase Bryant, with the hits “Take It On Back,” and “Little Bit of You.” The 23-year-old Texan has toured with country music greats Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington and Tim McGraw.
- Love & Theft at 9 p.m. Among the country’s hottest young acts, Love & Theft has been nominated for ACM, CMA and CMT awards for their #1 country hit and platinum single, “Angel Eyes,” and the smash hit “Runaway.” With high-energy performances and emotionally-forthright songcraft, the duo is country at its best.
The fireworks show begins at 10:15.
Independence Day – Monday, July 4, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On July 4 at 9:30 a.m., the parade will step off from North Main and East Third streets, a block south of O’Fallon City Hall. Bystanders dressed in red, white and blue typically line the two-mile parade route, which heads north on Main Street, turns east on Tom Ginnever Avenue and ends at T.R. Hughes Boulevard near the entrance to the festival grounds. Visitors are advised to come early to get a good seat and avoid traffic delays.
This year’s theme is “People, Parks – an American Tradition,” and cash prizes will be awarded for the best entries. Winners will be announced at 4:50 p.m. July 4 on the Main Stage.
Concerts on Rock N Roll night, July 4, will feature:
- Trixie Delight at 2 p.m. One of St. Louis’ top rock bands, Trixie Delight performs all of your favorite hits from the ‘70s through today.
- Sister Hazel at 5:45 p.m. From the opening notes of “Change Your Mind,” “All for You,” and “Champagne High,” Sister Hazel will take the crowd back to the days of radio-friendly acoustic rock ‘n roll.
- KONGOS at 8 p.m. Monday. KONGOS’ irresistible sound on their foot-stomping anthem, “Come with Me Now” and the hits “I’m Only Joking” and “I Want to Know” brings fans to their feet. The multi-cultural, multi-faceted band of brothers’ new album, Egomaniac, features their latest single, “Take It from Me.”
The July 4 fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m.
Traffic advisory: T.R. Hughes Blvd. and Cool Springs Industrial Drive will temporarily close 30 minutes before the fireworks shows and reopen 30 minutes after the fireworks end.
XPogo Stunt Team
- July 3 – 3:30, 5, 6:30, 8 p.m.
- July 4 – 1, 3, 5, 7:30 p.m.
The XPogo Stunt Team has a reputation as the world’s best extreme pogo demo crew. Two professionals from the team, both champions, will perform tricks and fly end-over-end through the air on pogo sticks. https://youtu.be/gE1jfgOjA30
The STRONGMAN John Beatty
- July 2: 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 p.m.
- July 3: 3, 4:30, 6 p.m.
- July 4: 1:30, 3:30, 6 p.m.
John Beatty continues to amaze and entertain with old-time strongman stunts that can include audience members. www.the-strongman.com/media-and-pics
- July 3: 2 – 9:45 p.m.
- July 4: Noon – 9 p.m.
Free! Parents can relax while their kids have fun romping on giant inflatables, playing games and getting face painting, free.
Knockerball and Krazy Kidz Jump
- July 2: 2 – 10 p.m.
- July 3: 2 – 10 p.m.
- July 4: Noon – 9p.m.
For just $5 per session, kids can strap on a safety harness and have a blast jumping on a trampoline-style station at the Krazy Kidz jump. Or they can wear a giant inflatable globe that lets them bounce, flip and roll in the Knockerball booth.
Freedom Fest parking FAQs for July 2–4
Premium Parking – Purchase a prime parking spot near the festival entrance for only $10. Available on a first-come, first-served basis at the CarShield Field (formerly T.R. Hughes Ballpark) west parking lot, you can pay and enjoy the festivities without the hassle.
General Parking – Free parking and shuttles are available off Tom Ginnever Avenue at Fort Zumwalt North and Christian high schools. Air-conditioned buses will drop patrons off near the festival entrance.
ADA-Accessible Parking – Free parking for the disabled will be available only at Westhoff Park. Shuttles will be provided from the lot to the festival entrance. A handicapped license plate or tag must be displayed for admission. Please note:
- No general parking will be allowed at this lot
- No ADA-accessible parking will be available at other lots