For a family-friendly celebration of America’s 241st Independence Day, come to O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest on July 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard in O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Admission and parking are free.
Sunday is Family Night from 4 – 10 p.m., with no fireworks or concerts but lots of fun, including carnival rides, a colorful midway, Knockerball and Bungee Trampoline ($5 each), festival food, beverages and specialty merchandise vendors. Free activities include Gillam Family Illusions magic shows and the Bubble Bus (Sunday night only). Also only on Sunday night, unlimited ride wristbands will be available at the festival for $20.
On Monday, July 3rd, the festival will offer all the activities (except Bubble Bus), plus free concerts on the Main Stage featuring country music star Eric Paslay at 8:45 p.m. Following Eric Paslay’s concert, a spectacular fireworks show will start at 10:15 p.m.
The US Air Force Band of Mid-America Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble will open the July 3rd show on the Main Stage, followed by Whiskey Morning.
On Tuesday, July 4th, hear rock ‘n roll megahits performed live by the musicians who made the music famous, Creedence Clearwater Revisited at 8 p.m., and special guest World Classic Rockers at 5:45 p.m.
- Creedence Clearwater Revisited classics include “Fortunate Son,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Suzie Q,” “Proud Mary” and “Looking Out My Back Door.”
- Featuring former members of Journey, Santana, Steppenwolf, Boston and Lynyrd Skynyrd as the “ultimate classic rock all-star band,” special guest World Classic Rockers’ hits include “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Born to be Wild,” “More Than a Feeling,” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”
Legends Undercover will open the afternoon’s rock concerts on the Fourth, performing at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. All concerts are free, and an awe-inspiring fireworks display will start at 9:30 p.m. For song clips and more information, visit www.heritageandfreedomfest.com.
Also on Monday from 4 – 9 p.m., and on Tuesday from noon –10 p.m., the Kids’ Zone will be open with free activities. Maps and more information will be available at festival information booths.
Finally, get your family’s your Independence Day celebration off to a rousing start on the Fourth by wearing red, white and blue and cheering for the biggest parade in St. Charles County, the O’Fallon Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade, which starts at 9:30 a.m. from Main and Third streets. From there the parade will head north on Main, turn east on Tom Ginnever Avenue and end at the corner of T.R. Hughes and Tom Ginnever near the festival grounds. Prizes for the best entries will be awarded on the Main Stage at 4 p.m. Be sure to come early to avoid traffic and get a good viewing spot.
Free parking will be available throughout the festival. For more about parking options and additional information about O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest, visit www.heritageandfreedomfest.com.