June 14 - July 4, 2022
Cedar Rapids


Balloon Glow & Great American Kites SOLD OUT!



(Cedar Rapids, IA 6/22/2021) Tonight is the return (after a whole year off) of The Freedom Festival’s Balloon Glow! Due to limited capacity and parking limitations, this year’s event is SOLD OUT! Buttoned entry will not be allowed as it has in year’s past.

Executive Director, Karol Shepherd shares “Balloon Glow, being one of our festival’s signature events, was truly a hard one to plan for still in a pandemic. For the first time, we have to move forward with this being a limited capacity event. We will incorporate some live stream components for those that aren’t able to attend, but still want to enjoy the beauty of the Great American Kites, hot air balloons, and live music!”

Those that have pre-purchased tickets via Event Bright will have received advance event details and are encouraged to get there early. Doors open at 6 PM. 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.

Buttoned entry will not be available tonight. If buttons have been purchased, many Freedom Festival events are on the way! DockDogs begins this Thursday – Sunday at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library. Movie Night at NewBo City Market (featuring the 35th Anniversary showing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) on Thursday, July 1st. And of course, the Celebration of Freedom Fireworks downtown Cedar Rapids on July 4th!

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.