June 14 - July 4, 2022
Cedar Rapids


Balloon Glow & Great American Kites IS BACK!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Balloon Glow is BACK—June 22nd at Hawkeye Downs!  

(Cedar Rapids, IA 6/4/2021) With the return to in-person events comes the return of the Freedom Festival’s signature event, Balloon Glow on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021! This year at a new location—Hawkeye Downs Speedway! A historic TEN hot air balloons will be on site around the track along with the addition of Great American Kites to kick off the night.

In light of COVID safety guidelines and large-in person event recommendations, there will be a limited capacity. Tickets can be purchased in advance via www.freedomfestival.com and will be $20 per reservation—good for up to 6 people.

Executive Director, Karol Shepherd shares “Just as many of our events this year, Balloon Glow is going to look a little bit differently. For the first time we will have a limited capacity for this event, but will also have on-site parking! Our sponsors have been extremely supportive of these changes, and we are hopeful that the community is understanding as well.”

Event details can be found on the events page at www.freedomfestival.com/events. Doors will open at 6 PM with a concert beginning at 8 PM featuring Alisabeth Von Presley. Bag chairs encouraged as seating will be on the track. Soft sided coolers will be permitted, but due to liquor license, no outside alcohol can be brought in. Vendors will be available for food and drinks, including alcohol.

The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival returns June 14th – July 4th, 2021! Our small but mighty non-profit organization continues to follow safety guidelines and recommendations of Linn County Public Health and the City of Cedar Rapids. Your continued patience and support are appreciated in this unique year.

For the most up-to-date information and a first look at the 2021 Festival head to: www.FreedomFestival.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRFreedomFestival




The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to serving Cedar Rapids and a significant portion of eastern Iowa. Our mission is to celebrate the quality of life in Eastern Iowa by providing safe, affordable and fun annual events that embody the spirit of patriotism and a sense of community and family.