For an inspiring holiday weekend bursting with fireworks displays, headline entertainers in concert, unique sideshows, Kids’ Zone activities, thrilling carnival rides and great festival food and drinks, come celebrate America’s birthday at O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest on July 2-4 at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366.
Headline entertainers Gloriana, Smash Mouth, LoCash, Toad the Wet Sprocket and special guest Tonic will perform, free, on the festival’s Main Stage over July 3-4. (For a sample of each band’s best-known songs and a schedule, visit www.heritageandfreedomfest.com.) Popular regional bands the Well Hungarians and Superjam also will perform.
“With free festival admission, free headline entertainment, two nights of exceptional fireworks displays, free sideshows, and a great Fourth of July parade with prizes for the best entries, O’Fallon’s celebration has become the biggest and most popular in the area,” said Marsha Seymour, O’Fallon’s manager of Tourism & Festivals. “This year, visitors will be treated to an expanded fairground with a new entrance on T.R. Hughes Boulevard and new attractions.”
Enjoy carnival rides and stroll the midway on Family Night, July 2
The party starts on Thursday with gravity-defying carnival rides for adults and teens, fun rides for younger kids and a colorful midway with games and concessions from 5 – 10 p.m. New this year, DJ Beezie Boyer will take audience requests for songs from 6 – 10 p.m. Unlimited ride wristbands can be purchased at the carnival for $20 each for use on July 2 only. (No fireworks on Thursday.)
See country music headliners Gloriana and LoCash live on July 3rd
Gloriana – The critically-acclaimed country-pop trio of Tom Gossin, Rachel Reinert and Mike Gossin took the Academy of Country Music’s “Top New Vocal Group” in 2010 and earned an American Music Award for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” in 2009. Their most popular songs include “(Kissed You) Goodnight,” “Wild at Heart,” “Can’t Shake You” and their current single, “Trouble.”
LoCash– The team of Preston Brust and Chris Lucas’ are known for exciting, roof-raising stage performances on their original songs, including the hits “C.O.U.N.T.R.Y,” “Here Comes Summer” and “Best Seat in the House” and their new single, “I Love This Life.”
Smash Mouth and friends will rock the Main Stage on July 4th
Smash Mouth– One of the ultimate summertime party bands, for nearly two decades Smash Mouth has been producing hard-rocking mega-hits including "All-Star," "Walkin' on the Sun," "Then the Morning Comes," and "I'm a Believer."
Toad the Wet Sprocket – In the 1990s, Toad the Wet Sprocket’s singles, "All I Want,” "Walk on the Ocean" and “Fall Down” were staples of alternate rock radio. Taking a break from touring and recording, the band returned to the road in 2010 with crowd-pleasing performances as though they had never left. Their most recent album, New Constellation, features the hit single, “California Wasted.”
Tonic – With platinum albums, six Top 10 singles and two Grammy nominations, special guest Tonic merges raw rock ‘n roll with unabashed melody for a unique, high-energy sound heard on their hits, “If You Could Only See,” “You Wanted More,” and “Mean to Me.”
Watch ahhh-some fireworks on July 3-4
Gather your family, line up your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy one of the area’s most dazzling fireworks displays, the Jena “Dusty” Mielke Fireworks Spectacular, which will light up the sky at 10:15 p.m. on July 3rd and 9:30 p.m. on July 4th. Please come early; T.R. Hughes Blvd. and Cool Springs Industrial Drive will temporarily close for one hour before fireworks start.
Free activities in the Kids’ Zone July 3-4
When they’re not bouncing on giant inflatables or playing games, kids can get face painting and decorate a visor or sunglasses to wear in the Kids’ Zone. A free diaper-changing station will be available. Open noon – 9:45 p.m. on Friday and noon – 9 p.m. on Saturday.
Free sideshows and attractions July 3-4
Axe Women Loggers of Maine – Watch these athletes demonstrate their skills in log-cutting, cross-cut sawing, competing with souped-up chain saws and log rolling.
Chris Clark Bicycle Stunt Show– Entertaining thousands at the Gravity Games, the Vans Warped Tour, New York's Times Square Parade and even the Olympic Games, professional stunt cyclist Chris Clark’s 30-minute show is a breathtaking exhibition of balance and agility. Chris likes to include audience volunteers and he ends each show with an autograph session and giveaways.
Krazy Kidz Jump – Protected by harnesses and guidelines, kids can have a blast bungee jumping on trampoline-style stations. The cost is $5 per jump.
O’Fallon’s “Monumental” Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade July 4
On Saturday, July 4th, the City’s Independence Day celebration will get off to a patriotic start at 9:30 a.m. as the Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade steps off from the corner of North Main and Third streets, heads north on Main Street and then east on Tom Ginnever Avenue to T.R. Hughes Ballpark. Dress in red, white and blue and cheer for your favorite entries expressing the theme for 2015, “Celebrate National Parks and Monuments.”
Festival parking July 3–4
General Parking – Free parking is available off Tom Ginnever Avenue at Fort Zumwalt North and Christian high schools. Air conditioned buses will drop patrons near the festival grounds.
Premium Parking – Enjoy the festivities without the hassle by purchasing a prime parking spot near the festival entrance for $10 on a first-come basis in the T.R. Hughes Ballpark west-side parking lot (off Tom Ginnever).
ADA-Accessible Parking – Free parking for the disabled, only, will only be available in the north lot just outside T.R. Hughes Ballpark. A handicapped license plate or tag must be displayed for admission. Please note:
- No general parking will be allowed at this lot.
- No ADA-accessible parking will be available at any other parking lot.
- Because the new entrance to the Fairgrounds is adjacent to the ADA-accessible parking, no shuttles will be provided from the lot to the festival entrance.
Tips for enjoying the festival
Dress for summertime comfort, stay hydrated and use sunscreen. If you feel overheated, cool down and get a drink of water in the air-conditioned Heat Relief Tent, free. Also, EMS will be stationed near the festival entrance.
Coolers and small backpacks are permitted on festival grounds but they may be subject to search by police officers, park rangers and parks personnel, including at the festival entrance. Also, for everyone’s safety and security, the following items are not allowed:
- No fireworks; it is illegal to possess, purchase or light fireworks in O’Fallon
- No pets or animals of any kind, except service animals such as seeing-eye dogs
- No bikes, skateboards, scooters, skates, rollerblades or any motorized vehicles including coolers
- No glass containers of any kind
- No guns or weapons of any kind