This weekend, the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival hosted one of the biggest events of the summer! Balloon Glow was held on Saturday night at Jones Park, which was a new venue for the event. The new space allowed for more people and more balloons!

I don't think we could've asked for better weather for Balloon Glow. The sun was shining, the sky was clear, and it wasn't ridiculously hot. Here are some photos I took at the event:

Cedar Rapids Balloon Glow 2022

Balloon Glow 2022 was a huge success for the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival! Here are some photos from this year's event!

Balloon Glow is just the beginning of the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival. There are lots of other events coming up in the coming weeks! Here are a few of the big ones:

Dock Dogs

  • Dates/Times
    • Thursday, June 23rd from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Friday, June 24th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Saturday, June 25th from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, June 26th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids

Freedom Festival Parade

  • Saturday, June 25th at 10 a.m.
  • Downtown Cedar Rapids

Imagination Square

  • Saturday, June 25th at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Greene Square Park in Cedar Rapids

2nd Annual Root Beer Festival

  • Saturday, June 25th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The History Center in Cedar Rapids

Volta Arts & Music Festival

  • Saturday, June 25th from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Greene Square Park in Cedar Rapids

Laser Light Show

  • Friday, July 1st from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids

Pancake Breakfast

  • Monday, July 4th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • ImOn Ice Arena in Cedar Rapids

Car Show

  • Monday, July 4th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Cedar Rapids Kernels Parking Lot

Freedom Festival 4th of July Concert

  • Monday, July 4th from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
  • McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids


  • Monday, July 4th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Downtown Cedar Rapids - 2nd Avenue Bridge

Check out the full list of Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival events HERE.

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