Morrow’s annual FreedomFest is opting for a return to its roots this year.
The Morrow Business and Tourism Authority-hosted event was held in early June when it was held for the first time in 2011, but it has been pushed back this year to June 30 — the Saturday before the Fourth of July. It will feature all of the usual Fourth of July traditions, the most notable of which is a fireworks display.
Not only is the new date a better fit for the event’s patriotic name, it also harkens back to the traditional date for the city’s old SummerFest celebration. SummerFest was one of the city’s old summertime events that was consolidated last year to create FreedomFest.
“It is going back to the old SummerFest date, because that used to be the city’s big Fourth of July celebration, and we wanted to keep it that way with FreedomFest,” said Mike Twomey, president of the Morrow Business and Tourism Association. “It is a big patriotic event that is meant to celebrate our nation’s independence, and our servicemen and women.”
This year’s FreedomFest, which boasts free admission, is scheduled to be held June 30, from 5 p.m., to 10 p.m., at a city-owned field, located at 5917 Reynolds Road, in Morrow (across the street from Rock Baptist Church). It was created last year, when city officials merged SummerFest with another city event, the annual Day in the Park celebration.
The event is slated to begin with a car show that kicks off at 4 p.m., according to Twomey. Other activities and offerings, including children’s games, inflatable bounce houses; food, and zip line (for people weighing between 60 pounds and 250 pounds) begin at 5 p.m., he added. Live music provided by Atlanta-based classic soul/Motown-inspired band, Soul Purpose, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
The city plans to cap off the day’s events with a fireworks show which is scheduled to kick-off at approximately 9:30 p.m., Twomey said.
The Morrow Business and Tourism Authority president said the city is still working on getting final confirmation for parking for the event. He added people can call the Morrow Tourism Center, at (770) 968-1623, to find out details about where to park for FreedomFest.