O’Fallon Heritage & Freedom Fest returns with entertainment for every generation
Celebrate America’s birthday with an explosion of fun and music at O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest from July 2-4 at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex. Admission, parking and entertainment are free, with shuttle service provided on July 3-4 only.
The colorful carnival and midway are the focus on Family Night, July 2, with tickets for rides and games available for purchase at booths on the grounds. New this year, DJ Beezie will be taking song requests from 6-10 p.m.
On July 3-4, the excitement continues on the festival grounds with outstanding music on the main stage performed by the award-winning country groups Gloriana and LoCash on Friday and national recording artists Smash Mouth, Tonic and special guest Toad the Wet Sprocket headlining on Saturday.
On the main stage
Gloriana is an award-winning vocal group whose current single “Trouble” is the first single off their forthcoming studio album set to release this year. The critically acclaimed vocal trio featuring Tom Gossin, Rachel Reinert and Mike Gossin earned an American Music Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2009 and Academy of Country Music Top New Vocal Group in 2010.
Country music duo LoCash, formerly known as LoCash Cowboys, features singer-songwriters Chris Lucas and Preston Brust. LoCash’s music breaks the barrier between rock and country, and their high-energy, non-stop performances blow the roofs off every venue they play. The duo has performed in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, on the Grand Ole Opry stage and venues around the world.
Recognized as one of the ultimate summertime party bands, Smash Mouth has been producing memorable hard-rocking hits for nearly two decades. With mega-hits such as “All-Star,” “Walkin’ on the Sun,” “Then the Morning Comes,” and “I’m a Believer,” the band has been a radio staple and has been featured in numerous hit movies, including “Shrek.”
Toad the Wet Sprocket was formed in 1986 and released their first album in 1989. By the early ‘90s, the band was a college radio hit, setting the table for their commercial crossover. Toad hit it big with their third album, Fear. The album was released in 1991, and saw the singles “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean” reach the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. The album became the band’s first platinum album.
With six Top 10 singles, over 4 million records sold, Grammy nominations, platinum albums, numerous awards and hit songs around the world, Tonic is a musical powerhouse. The group’s music merges the raw honesty of rock to unabashed melody, creating a unique high-energy rock sound.
So much to see and do
Festival guests also will be treated to the breathtaking balance and agility of stunt cyclist Chris Clark, and the amazing feats of log cutting and log rolling by the Axe Women Loggers of Maine.
Children will have fun in the Kids’ Zone and everyone enjoy the spectacular fireworks shows taking place at 10:15 p.m. on July 3 and at 9:30 p.m. on July 4.
On July 4, at 9:30 a.m., get Independence Day off to a patriotic start by joining friends and neighbors along the Heritage & Freedom Fest parade route stepping off from Main Street in downtown O’Fallon and continuing to the festival grounds.
Parking and Accessibility
To access the festival from I-70, visitors should take Exit 220 (Louisiana/Elsberry) to Hwy. 79. Continue north on Hwy. 79 to left on T.R. Hughes Boulevard and follow the signs to free parking. From I-40/64, visitors should take the Hwy. K exit and turn north on K (which becomes Main Street after passing under I-70). Turn right on Tom Ginnever Avenue and follow the signs.
The city of O’Fallon works to make Heritage & Freedom Fest physically accessible for all its patrons, including providing an accessible parking and shuttle service.
The north lot attached to T.R. Hughes Ballpark is the designated site for patrons with disabilities to park near the festival grounds. Vehicles must display an official disabled persons license plate or hang tag to enter the lo. No general parking will be allowed at this lot and there will be no disabled parking at any other locations.
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O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest is proudly sponsored, in part, by Mid Rivers Newsmagazine.