New Albany’s summer festival, Freedom Fest, is scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 22 – 24. The event, which was resurrected several years ago, serves as the city’s Fourth of July celebration, and features free concerts, an arts market, kids’ activities, a professional fireworks show and a pet parade.
The festival will begin this year on Thursday, June 22, with Lowery Carnivals returning to the Farmers Market area downtown. There is no admission fee to the carnival and individual tickets and armbands for unlimited daily rides can be purchased. The armbands have historically cost $20, say organizers. The carnival will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 11pm.
A new event will take place on Friday night for the festival. This year the Downtown Main Street Association is sponsoring a street dance with the doowop group, The Boomers, at the Trailhead. The Boomers, a traveling group based out of Southaven, will be performing well-known hits from the 50’s and 60’s. The band, outfitted in period costume, is known for engaging audience members for a good time.
The festival kicks off in earnest on Saturday with an expanded “Arts in the Park Arts Market” at Park Along the River. Vendors will be set up along the paved and shaded pathways of the park near the pavilion. The market, which will included art, photography, handmade jewelry and other crafty items, will begin at 10 and last until 5pm. BBQ, homemade ice cream and popsicles and other food will also be available during the market.
Adjacent to the market, in the field near the pavilion, The Bounce House out of Saltillo, will be returning with their popular Zorb Balls, new “Sumo” Suits, and other activities for kids. Arrowhead Farms out of Pontotoc will also be on hand with a petting zoo and pony rides.
Freedom Fest music will begin on the Riverview Stage at the park around 6pm with Reverend Willie, a band featuring Brock White, Guy Childers, Bill Reid, Clint Reid, Jeff Pipkin, Billy Eubanks and Keith Lindsey. This band of local folks features a brand new horn section that has really expanded their sound. The next concert will be by Prowler, a classic rock group from Corinth, Mississippi, and then headliner, Sam Mosley and the Muscle Shoals Horns will be taking the stage around 8:30 pm.
The festival will end with a professional fireworks show sponsored by Barnes Crossing Chevrolet, Buick, GMC. The fireworks show should begin around 9:30 pm.
For more information about the festival, you can follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/freedomfestNA/
The registration link for signing up for the arts market is at: https://visitnewalbany.wufoo.com/forms/z1btryh406ejyh4/
Any questions, call the tourism office at 662-534-1047.