June 14 - July 4, 2022
Cedar Rapids


2021 Freedom Festival Schedule Announced!



The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival Announces 2021 Programming!

Cedar Rapids, IA (5/20/21) - After taking a year off due to an ongoing pandemic, the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival is proud to announce their lineup of 2021 events!

Freedom Festival Executive Director Karol Shepherd states, “Our goal this year is to provide the community a good mix of programming that reflects a safe return to live events. We will have a mix of in-person programming, but will also incorporate some online components—where those that don’t feel comfortable gathering, can still experience the festival. i.e. Tribute to Heroes, Flag Retirement, Balloon Glow, etc.”  

Festival 2021 kicks off Monday, June 14th with a Log Carving Demonstration at Jones Park Lagoon Pavilion, bringing in local artists to make artwork out of derecho-damaged logs from the Cedar Rapids Parks & Rec Department. These items will be added to the Silent Auction Fundraiser, which goes live on Monday, May 24th, as they are completed (www.32auctions.com/freedomfestival).

Highlights this year include the return of Balloon Glow. This year the event will be hosted at Hawkeye Downs on Tuesday, June 22nd featuring music by Alisabeth VonPresley and a record 10 hot air balloons.  The event will have a limited capacity, asking for reservations in advance—more details on ticket packages will be released beginning Monday, May 24th.

DockDogs returns to the National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library June 24th – 27th and a walk-thru parade will take place in downtown Cedar Rapids on Saturday, June 26th, mimicking the same footprint of the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market. A virtual Music at the Museum will feature the Pork Tornadoes on Saturday, June 3rd via Facebook, and the Festival will wrap up Sunday, July 4th with a Drive-Thru Pancake Breakfast and Car Show at ImOn Ice Arena in the morning and a Fireworks Finale in downtown Cedar Rapids!

Details on each event will continue to be finalized in the coming weeks—and will follow the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC, city of Cedar Rapids and Linn County Public Health Department.

“We are excited to be able to bring events back to Eastern Iowa. While they might not look exactly the same as in years past, we’re making a commitment to the community that our events will stand by our mission—to provide safe, affordable and fun events leading up to and on the 4th of July!” says Jill Costigan, Freedom Festival Board of Directors.

2021 Freedom Festival buttons will be available for purchase beginning Memorial Day weekend (May 28th). Cost is $5 per button and will be available at all Hy-Vee Food & Drug Store locations (Cedar Rapids/Marion) and Casey’s General Stores. The Festival has also partnered with the Deetz Ap to unlock Button Benefits during the 2021 Festival!

Find the most up-to-date information regarding the Festival and a schedule of events at www.FreedomFestival.com/events