O’Fallon’s three-day Independence celebration has it all – sensational concerts by nationally-known recording artists, awesome fireworks, exhilarating carnival rides, a colorful midway, crowd-pleasing sideshows, great food, cold beverages and just plain fun. Featuring free admission and parking, free entertainment and the free Kids’ Zone, the festival will be held on July 2, 3, and 4 at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard.
Along with carnival rides and midway games, on all three festival dates enjoy the Major League Circus Show (free), Knockerball ($5), the Bungee Trampoline ($7) and shopping for arts ‘n crafts and merchandise. And, if you like hot and tasty food or ice cold beverages and treats, vendors will be selling favorites like bacon wrapped sausages and bacon wrapped chicken, gyros and burgers, beef, chicken and Portobello fajita tacos, alligator on a stick, wood-fired pizza, Philly cheese steak sandwiches, BBQ pulled pork, kabobs, blooming onions, funnel cakes, fruit smoothies, shaved Hawaiian ice and more.
For festival FAQs and updates, visit www.heritageandfreedomfest.com.
Family Night July 2
The party opens on Monday with Family Night featuring discounted (pre-purchased) carnival rides, free sideshows and, as our Family Night exclusive, unlimited ride wristbands at $20 each. (The wristbands are good for July 2nd from 4 – 10 p.m. only.) No live music or fireworks on July 2.
Fireworks finales on July 3, 4
July 3rd, 10:15 p.m.
July 4th, 9:30 p.m.
For dazzling fireworks that the whole family will love, bring blankets and chairs and watch the Jena “Dusty” Mielke Fireworks Spectacular light up the sky at the end of the final concert each night.
Country music – Tuesday, July 3
Bringing an evening of great country music to O’Fallon, Brothers Walker will open the show, followed by Tarra Layne, whose career was launched by NBC’s “The Voice.” To cap it off, platinum-selling starJerrod Niemann will bring the audience to its feet with his hit songs, including “Lover, Lover,” “Drink to That All Night,” and his recent chart-climber, “I Got This.”
O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade
Wednesday, July 4, 9:30 a.m. in downtown O’Fallon. Proudly wear patriotic red, white and blue and bring your family to downtown O’Fallon to see the biggest, most creative, most patriotic parade in St. Charles County. O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade steps off at 9:30 a.m. from the corner of Main Street and Civic Park Drive, heading north on Main Street, then east at Tom Ginnever Avenue, ending at T.R. Hughes Boulevard near the festival entrance. Prize-winning entries will be announced on the Main Stage at 4 p.m.
All-American rock party – Wednesday, July 4
On Independence Day, the festival will rock from open to close, beginning with the incredible kids from the award-winning musical, School of Rock, and a tribute by Portrait to Kansas hits of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Fans also will hear “One Angel” by St. Louis’ longtime favorite, Stir, followed by superstar Daughtry, live on the Main Stage.
Giving the final performance of the festival, Daughtry’s powerhouse vocals will rock the night with megahits like “Over You,” “Waiting for Superman,” “Life After You,” and “It’s Not Over.” Since rising to prominence in the fifth season of “American Idol,” Daughtry has released four albums, all of which reached the Billboard Top Ten and have combined sales over 8 million copies in the U.S. Their new single, “Backbone,” is out now.
Major League Circus Show
Shows on July 2, 3 and 4
A grand slam tribute to the all-American pastime of baseball, the Major League Circus Show stars award-winning international circus artist Paz who fearlessly juggles flaming bats, effortlessly executes aerobatic flips and cracks up the crowd with improbable ball-handling stunts. Paz also likes to select a “helper” or two from the audience for a show that’s a good time for everyone. www.majorleaguecircusshow.com
The whole family can enjoy the Free Kids’ Zone
July 3, 4 – 9:45 p.m.
July 4, 12 – 9 p.m.
On July 3 and 4, parents can relax and watch while their children jump and play on giant inflatables, join in free games, make a craft, visit the face-painting station and more fun in the Kids’ Zone. Diaper-changing facilities also will be available.
Purchase discounted carnival ride tickets in advance
Save time and money by purchasing carnival ride tickets at half-price ($.50 cents) through Thursday, June 28, or while supplies last, at the Renaud Spirit Center and the Parks and Recreation Administration Office. The discounted ride tickets will be good for July 2–4, 2018. Ride tickets also will be available at the festival at full price.
Please note that carnival ride tickets can only be used for rides; tickets cannot be used at midway booths, food, beverage, or merchandise booths, or for the Bungee Trampoline or Knockerball. Sorry, no refunds can be given on unused tickets.
The following items are NOT ALLOWED on festival grounds:
- Fireworks; it is illegal to purchase, possess or light fireworks in O’Fallon
- Pets or animals of any kind except for service animals
- Guns or weapons of any kind
- Glass containers of any kind
- Bikes, skateboards, scooters, skates, rollerblades, motorized vehicles, motorized coolers
- Drones; the operation of radio-controlled motorized aircraft is strictly prohibited
At the gate:
Coolers and small backpacks are permitted but all coolers and bags are subject to inspection by police officers, park rangers and Parks personnel, including at the festival entrance. Chairs and blankets are welcome; enjoy the shows!
Get involved as a festival volunteer
Parking at the Freedom Fest
- Premium Parking July 3-4– Available on a first-come basis at the CarShield Field west parking lot, prime parking spots near the festival entrance can be purchased for only $10 each.
- General parking July 3-4 – 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 July 2-4 – Free parking for the disabled will only be available at Westhoff Park via the entrance from St. Matthews. Shuttles will be provided from the lot to the festival entrance. A handicapped license plate or tag must be displayed for admission. No general parking will be allowed at this lot. No ADA-accessible parking will be available at other lots.
Festival District declared
Residents who live near the festival grounds can get information about road closings and other restrictions at www.heritageandfreedomfest.com. Or call the City Clerk’s office at 636-379-5555.
Temporary road closures for fireworks displays July 3, 4
On Tuesday and Wednesday, approximately 30 minutes before fireworks are scheduled to start, T.R. Hughes Boulevard and Cool Springs Industrial Drive will close temporarily and remain closed until approximately 30 minutes after each show ends.
34th Annual Firecracker Run
Wednesday, July 4 at CarShield Field
Race-day registration opens at 6 a.m. 10 K starts at 7 a.m. 5 K starts at 7:10 a.m., 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 8 a.m.
Support O’Fallon’s Chamber of Commerce & Industries with a great morning run. Get the details and register in advance for the best price at www.ofallonchamber.org/firecracker.html.