What a night!

On Saturday evening, tons of Eastern Iowans made their way to Jones Park in Cedar Rapids for a night of fun. The weather was gorgeous for an outdoor event, especially as the sun was setting. There were three live musical acts, a bunch of different vendors, and a record-setting TEN balloons! Unfortunately, the hot air balloons weren't up for as long as they normally would be because of the wind, but they were definitely there long enough to snap a few photos! Here are a few of our pictures from Balloon Glow 2023:

Photos From the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival Balloon Glow 2023

On Saturday evening, tons of Eastern Iowans made their way to Jones Park in Cedar Rapids for a night of fun! Here are some photos from Balloon Glow 2023!

Balloon Glow is just one of many Freedom Festival events coming up these next few weeks! Here are a few of the others to look forward to the week of 6/19:

  • Dock Dogs
    • Dates/Times
      • Friday, June 23rd from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      • Saturday, June 24th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      • Sunday, June 25th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids
    • Consists of three main aquatic events: big air, extreme vertical, and speed retrieval
    • Free with Freedom Festival Button
  • Freedom Festival Parade
    • Saturday, June 24th at 10 a.m.
    • Downtown Cedar Rapids
  • Imagination Square by Tanager Place
    • Saturday, June 24th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Greene Square Park
    • "This event provides FREE family-friendly, educational interactive booths, hands-on activities, fan favorites like a bouncy house, face painting, the Freedom Festival Express trackless train rides, basketball shoot out by Team Iowa, and freebies from area businesses and organizations!"
  • Volta Youth Music and Art Festival
    • Saturday, June 24th from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Greene Square Park
    • "Join the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy for a full day of incredible music and art at Greene Square! Beginning at 1 PM you’ll enjoy youth rock bands and other area youth musicians as well as performances from local, professional rock bands!"
  • 3rd Annual Root Beer Festival
    • Saturday, June 24th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • The History Center
    • "Family-friendly, outdoor festival. First 500 people get a FREE signature Root Beer Festival cup and one free root beer. Root beer floats, bounce house, musical entertainment by Dogs on Skis. Performance of the Bucknell Marionettes at 1:30 PM."
    • Admission is $5 per person -  $1 off with Freedom Festival Button

For a full list of upcoming Freedom Festival events, visit the official website HERE.

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