Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival
Celebrating 40 Years in 2023!

SAVE THE DATE: June 14th – July 4th, 2023

New Year, New Calendar!

We wanted to make sure you could add some ink to those brand new 2023 calendars that you definitely got as a gift this holiday season!

Announcing 2023 Tribute to Heroes Nominations




  1. 1.

    a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

One of our long standing signature events is the Tribute to Heroes Ceremony. Hero nominees may be anyone noted for courageous acts or nobility of character that causes change. Three Heroes will be selected. This year’s honorees will receive recognition and an award as an honored guest at the Tribute to Heroes event and the opportunity to serve as Grand Marshalls for the Freedom Festival Parade on Saturday, June 24th.

Heroes recognized in 2022 were Willie Ray Fairley, Robert Feiereisen, and Bridgette Robinson.

Please fill out the form on our website by clicking the button below!

Nominations end April 3rd, 2023

Our 2023 Presenting Sponsor

INDYCAR Race Weekend returns July 21-23, 2023. Be part of this weekend full of fun, excitement, entertainment and great racing on the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway oval.

Honor and Respect is a small family owned and operated business located in Marion. They offer athletic shoes and a variety of apparel items to honor first responders and veterans. Honor and Respect returns all proceeds to help improve mental health for first responders and military personnel.

We love to be able to offer free buttons to all veterans during festival events. In sponsorship with the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, Honor and Respect is helping make that happen again this year!

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