June 14 - July 4, 2022
Cedar Rapids


Kid's Art/Activity Box Distribution SATURDAY!


Freedom Festival: Creating a Community Art Mural—Kid’s Art/Activity Box Pick Up!

Cedar Rapids, IA (5/27/21) The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival announces plans to shift in-person kids programming to a pick-up art/activity box. These free boxes will be available for pick up beginning this Saturday, May 29th at select Hy-Vee locations.

“When we started to take a look at what in-person programming would look like in 2021, we weren’t sure if families would feel comfortable with our normal kid’s activities like bouncy houses, face painting, sharing building blocks, etc. during a pandemic,” says Karol Shepherd, Freedom Festival Executive Director.

The Festival will be partnering with the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy (EIAA) to provide all the supplies for kids (6-16) to create a piece of printmaking artwork. After it’s completed, we ask that families mail in the artwork to the EIAA who will then create a large community art mural that will be on display at the Volta Youth Music Festival (June 26th at NewBo City Market).

Pick up dates/locations (first come first serve / two max per family): Saturday, May 29th at 9:00am at Hy-Vee on 1st Avenue, Hy-Vee Drug on 6th Street, Hy-Vee Drug on Blairs Ferry Road, and Hy-Vee Drug on Johnson Avenue. Thursday, June 10th from 1:30 – 3:30pm at the Cedar Rapids Parks & Rec Rollin’ Recmobile Stop at Green Square. Friday, June 11th 1:30 – 3:30pm at the Cedar Rapids Parks & Rec Rollin’ Recmobile Stop at Bever Park.

The Kid’s Art/Activity Boxes are made possible by Surgery Center of Cedar Rapids, with additional items provided by Hills Bank, Tanager Place, Waypoint, Boy Scouts of America, Save the Children Action Network, Mediacom, and Z102.9.

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. We appreciate your continued patience and support in this unique year.

For the most up-to-date information and a first look at our 2021 Festival head to our website: 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.