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O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest guarantees fun for all ages

By: Leslie Dietrich


Celebrate America’s independence at O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest from July 2-4 at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 890 TR Hughes Blvd.

Concerts, fireworks, carnival rides and a parade are featured. Admission and parking are free. Discounted all-you-can-ride carnival wristbands are available for purchase for $25 per day at heritageandfreedomfest.com through July 1.

The O’Fallon Heritage & Freedom Fest offers 16 kiddie and adult/teen-only rides. Festival-goers can test their skills on the Midway or indulge with corn dogs, funnel cake, cotton candy, candy apples, popcorn, snow cones, lemonade and more.

The Street Drum Corps, a world-renown, high-energy drum and percussion show, performs all three days of the fair. Founded in 2004 by Bobby and Adam Alt along with Frank Zummo, the Street Drum Corps has become a popular feature of festivals and events worldwide. The trio had a vision to create something unique and unseen in the percussion world and Street Drum Corps brings just that to audiences around the globe.

July 2: Family Night

The three-day event begins with a Family Night from 4-10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, featuring food and drink vendors, and carnival rides. Drum and percussion band Street Drum Corps performs two sideshows at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Festival-goers can participate in Arch City Adventures’ Bubble Soccer from 4-10 p.m. or try Unchained STL Escape Pod.  Participation fees are charged.

July 3: Country Night

The festival opens at 4 p.m on Wednesday, July 3.

The Kids’ Zone is open from 4-9:45 p.m. and features a juggler at 5 p.m., Babaloo, a one-man musical comedy act, at 6:30 p.m. and a magician at 8 p.m. as well as inflatables, crafts, games and face painting. Kids also can color a Monster Mural, or ride around a track on a giant tricycle.

Street Drum Corps  performs at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.   

At 4 p.m., country music’s Walker Hayes, Filmore and Noah Guthrie perform their chart-topping hits on the Main Stage.

A fireworks show at 10:15 p.m. concludes the day’s activities.

Walker Hayes

Independence Day Parade

O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade steps off at 9:30 a.m. from the corner of Main Street and travels to T.R. Hughes Boulevard. The city of O’Fallon encourages parade-goers to dress in red, white and blue and cheer on their favorite entries in the biggest Fourth of July parade in St. Charles County.

July Fourth Fun

The festival opens at noon.

Activities in the Kids Zone continue with  a mime at 1 p.m., a ventriloquist at 3 p.m., Babaloo at 5 p.m. and a magician at 7 p.m. Arch City Adventures’ Bubble Soccer and the Unchained STL Escape Pod also open at noon.

Other events happening throughout the day include:

• 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m., Street Drum Corps

• 2:30 p.m., local rock band Apex Shrine performs on the Main Stage

• 4 p.m., parade awards announced from the VIP decking next to the Main Stage

• 4:30 p.m., local cover band Queens Blvd. performs on the Main Stage

• 6:30 p.m., country singer Gabby Barrett, American Idol finalist, performs on the Main Stage

• 8:15 p.m., four-time Grammy Winner Pat Benatar performs with her husband, Neil Giraldo, on the Main Stage

• 9:30 p.m., fireworks

To purchase a ride wristband or for additional details, visit heritageandfreedomfest.com.

Pat Benatar

Parking and shuttles

On July 3 and 4, free parking and shuttles are available off Tom Ginnever Avenue at Fort Zumwalt North and Christian high schools. Air-conditioned buses will drop patrons off near the festival entrance.

Premium parking is available for $10 near the festival entrance on July 3 and 4 on a first-come, first-served basis at the CarShield Field west parking lot.

Accessible parking is available only at Westhoff Park  July 2-4 for vehicles displaying a state issued accessible license plate or hang tag.  Shuttles will be provided from the lot to the festival entrance. No general parking will be allowed on this lot. Accessible parking also will be available at other parking lots.

Shuttles will cease operation for one hour before and up to one hour after the fireworks.

Rules and regulations

The following items are not allowed at the festival:

• No fireworks; it is illegal to possess, purchase or light fireworks in O’Fallon.

• No pets or animals of any kind, except service animals.

• No bikes, skateboards, scooters, skates, rollerblades or motorized vehicles, including coolers.

• No glass containers of any kind.

• No guns or weapons of any kind.

• Coolers and small backpacks are permitted but all coolers and bags are subject to inspection by police officers, park rangers and parks personnel, including at the festival entrance.

• No drone fly zone; the operation of radio-controlled motorized aircraft is strictly prohibited.

Road closures

Approximately 30 minutes before fireworks displays are set to begin, T.R. Hughes Boulevard and Cool Springs Industrial Drive will temporarily close and remain closed until 30 minutes after the show’s end.

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