June 15 - July 4, 2017
Cedar Rapids

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? We can help!

Each year we field literally thousands of questions concerning Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival events. And that’s great. But for those times when we aren't available to talk with you directly, here are answers to some of the questions we receive most often.

If your question is not addressed here, please call the Festival office at 319-365-8313 during business Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. Extended hours during peak season.

Dates & Schedules

What are the dates of the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival?

The Freedom Festival Produced Events start in the 3rd week of June. The festival culminates with the 4th of July fireworks celebration.

Where can I pick up the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival Schedule of Events?

  • Area Casey’s General Stores
  • Hy-Vee Food Stores, Drug Stores & Gas Stores
  • Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival office at 609 First Avenue, SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405.

Buttons & Merchandise

Where can I purchase Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival Button & Coupon Packs?

  • Local Casey’s General Stores
  • Local Hy-Vee Food Stores & Drug Stores
  • Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival office
  • Freedom Festival events

How much do Freedom Festival buttons cost this year?

$5

Each button envelope is filled with valuable Hy-Vee coupons and, a number of lucky button buyers will find a gold button in their envelope and win cash or other prizes! Gold button certificates must be turned in to the Freedom Festival office at 609 1st Ave. SW, and prizes will be issued no later than July 31st.

Your investment in the Festival is gratefully acknowledged and sincerely appreciated by the entire Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, Inc. organization.

Where can I purchase Festival t-shirts?

Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival t-shirts and other merchandise are available at the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival office and are available at select Festival produced events.

Do children need a button?

Children ages 8 and under do not require a button.

Fireworks

Where are the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival fireworks?

As usual, the fireworks will be shot from downtown Cedar Rapids near the 1st Ave bridge on July 4th. Rockwell Collins is the gracious sponsor again this year for this amazing show!

Alcoholic Beverages

Does the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival allow alcoholic beverages on its venues?

Only at specific events.

The Freedom Festival permits alcohol to be brought in to some concerts, Balloon Glow and the 4th of July Fireworks. Alcohol will be permitted to be carried in, however NO GLASS and soft-sided coolers ONLY - for safety concerns.

Public intoxication will not be tolerated at any Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival venue, and individuals found to be intoxicated will be asked to leave or escorted from the venue by area law enforcement personnel.

Food, Special Diets & Coolers

Does the Freedom Festival permit carrying in food or beverages for special diets or infant/toddler needs?

Absolutely! The Freedom Festival supports our loyal food vendors, but we understand that infants and toddlers have their own special formula needs or eating preferences. We are also very mindful that a number of Festival patrons have various medical conditions that dictate particular dietary items and schedules. As you enter a particular venue, if Staff or Volunteers ask you about your carry-in food items, please indicate that they are special medical dietary items. There is no need to reveal the nature of the medical condition. SOFT SIDED COOLERS ONLY!

What about coolers on the 2nd and 3rd Avenue Bridges?

2nd & 3rd Avenue Bridges – Coolers will be allowed to be carried in to the venue as long as they do not contain glass and they are in soft-sided coolers – for security and safety purposes.

Musical Entertainment

Who will be the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival musical entertainment?

Freedom Festival always features an excellent line-up including military and regional bands. These groups vary from year to year. Please refer to the Calendar of Events for the year’s musical talent. Most of these concerts are FREE to the public (with a Freedom Festival button).

Parades - Viewing & Entering

What can you tell me about the Freedom Festival Parade?

The Freedom Festival Parade is generally held on the second Saturday morning of the festival at 10 AM. Parade routes may vary, so please refer to the Calendar of Events. Entry forms are available on this website during registration times and can be emailed by Freedom Festival staff. Please email Liz Neff at liz@freedomfestival.com for questions or concerns.

Parking & Shuttles

Where can I park for the events at Kirkwood Community College?

Most parking lots on the Kirkwood Community College parking lot are open for free parking. Handicapped parking will be designated near the entrances.

Pets & Personal Fireworks

Are pets allowed on Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival venues?

ONLY at the Jump for Freedom event. Otherwise pets are not permitted on any Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival venue. Events are often crowded and some pets do not respond well to the added stress of crowded venues.

Are there regulations pertaining to pets in Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival parades and shows?

Yes. At a very minimum all pets must be up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations, and must wear a collar with the appropriate tag. In addition, the City of Cedar Rapids Code pertaining to animal treatment will apply in all cases. City of Cedar Rapids policies and procedures pertaining to this city code are under development and will be posted on this website when they are available.

Can "personal fireworks" be brought onto Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival venues?

Personal fireworks - including sparklers and snakes - are NOT permitted on ANY venue. Festival patrons are strongly encouraged not to bring personal fireworks of any form to help ensure the safety of everyone attending the Festival.

Patron safety is a primary concern for the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival. Personal fireworks devices are NOT PERMITTED on Festival venues. Patrons violating this policy will be asked to cease using the fireworks materials during the festival, or if necessary, will be asked to leave or be escorted from the venue by law enforcement or Cedar Rapids Fire Department personnel.

Restrooms

Will there be public restroom facilities on the venues? Why are some restrooms not available to the public?

Public portable restroom facilities, including handicap-accessible units, are located at all Freedom Festival-produced events. These restrooms are strategically located within the venues to provide convenient access to event patrons, while maintaining a discrete distance from event viewing and dining areas.

On some venues the Freedom Festival is required as part of our contract with stage management and musical personnel to provide private access restroom facilities near the stage. Although these restrooms are not available to the public, other public restroom facilities are always located nearby.

Trash Handling

What will happen to all of the trash from the festival?

Our Good, Clean Fun Program tries to divert over half of the festival-generated trash from the landfill into recycling opportunities. This year Freedom Festival and its sponsors will be placing even greater emphasis on diversion of recyclable items from the landfill.

The Festival staff and sponsors hope each festival attendee enjoys the Festival, and at the same time works with our volunteers to place trash in the appropriate bins.

Volunteers

How can I or my group volunteer with the Freedom Festival?

If you are interested in volunteering during the Festival, please click here to register online. We will be filling the paid volunteer opportunities (our WinWinWin Program, ) with groups from Festival sponsor companies throughout April. At the end of April, the remaining shifts will be open to the public.

Weather & Cancellations

Where will event cancellation information be posted?

Festival update and weather information will be available via the Festival website, Twitter page and Facebook page.

In addition, all local and area news media will be provided with cancellation information. The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival cannot guarantee these media sources will air or print the information, but the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival is very appreciative of the fact that virtually all have been very supportive in this regard in the past.