Live performances by three Texas bands will be among the highlights of the Brookshire Brothers Freedom Fest when the annual community-wide Independence Day celebration returns to downtown Nacogdoches July 4.
Appearing at Freedom Fest for the fourth year in a row, Halcyon Five, formerly Silverleaf Nightshade will take the stage at 5:20 p.m. The Otis Jones project will follow at 6:10 p.m., performing indie rock.
Headlining Freedom Fest's musical lineup will be the Drag Strip All Stars performing a 90-minute show beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Families are also invited to enjoy food, children's activities and a fireworks display sponsored by the Nacogdoches Jaycees beginning 30 minutes after dark. Admission is free.
"This is our fifth year to hold Freedom Fest in downtown Nacogdoches, and the event just keeps getting better," said Ashleigh McCorkle of the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau. "It's a fun, safe, patriotic celebration that the whole family can enjoy - the kind of family-friendly Fourth of July you remember from your childhood."
Freedom Fest will take place from 5 to 9:30 p.m. in Festival Plaza, located just south of the downtown square in Nacogdoches. Guests are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to Festival Plaza. Coolers and picnic baskets are welcome, but glass bottles and alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
A fun children's area will keep the kids entertained with a bungee run, giant slide, moonwalk, basketball shoot-out, obstacle course and rock wall. Tickets for all of these activities are $1 each. A $15 armband is also available and allows for unlimited play in the children's area.
Other popular locations for viewing the fireworks are the University Mall, Williamsburg Plaza, Downtown Square, Nacogdoches County Courthouse, Coy Simms Softball Park, Brookshire Brothers on South Street and the Fredonia Hotel.