Freedom Fest - Concert & Fireworks
Saturday, July 2
6 PM - 11 PM
Nottingham County Park
In the event that weather prohibits the set-up or safe shooting of the fireworks show, Freedom Fest will be postponed to Sunday, July 3. Passing showers or storms may delay the July 2 show, causing us to make a late postponement, or forego early festivities while allowing the main fireworks show as planned. Parking vouchers will be distributed at designated event parking locations.
Entertainment, Fireworks & Food
Times are approximate
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Test your balance and climb to the top of Jacob's Ladder. For more thrill, twist and spin on an Orbotron. Designed by a former NASA engineer, your body movements send the Orbotron flipping and spinning, swirling, twirling and whirling in all directions.
Sample snacks from Herr Food’s and enjoy festival style foods from a dozen food vendors. You are welcome to bring a picnic of your own, but please be advised for security purposes, all cooler, bags and similiar items are subject to being searched.
7:15 PM - Concert
Texas Heat returns to the Freedom Fest stage. With a variety of musical backgrounds, Texas Heat has over 100 years of combined stage experience, bringing listeners its hard thumpin’, heart wrenchin’, foot stompin’ country music. When not touring with the band, lead guitar Tommy Alderson is all over the worl as a guitar tech for Deep Purple. His versatility is simply unmatched and sure to amaze. On bass guitar, Terry Cullum’s thunderous sound rounds out the rhythm section. Jimmer Hannum holds down the meter and brings a special groove to the group on the drums. Scott Bandy plays acoustic and electric guitars and performs most rich-toned lead vocals. He is a singer-songwriter with heart felt tunes and pure country sound.
9:15 PM - Acknowledgements
County officials will welcome our guests and acknowledge Freedom Fest's 2016 sponsors.
9:30 PM - Firework Display
Celebrate Independence Day with an amazing 30-minute show of dazzling surprises and ground displays set to music. The grand finale incorporates the traditional raising of the American flag above the fields of Nottingham County Park.
- Field seating is available for the entertainment and fireworks. Early arrival is encouraged, as well as blankets and lawn chairs. No canopies or pets permitted.
- Restrooms and hand wash stations are adjacent to the event field.
- An ATM will be available.
- Smoking is permitted in designated areas only.
- $10/ per vehicle parking fee at Nottingham County Park and Herr’s Corporate Center.
- Free shuttle bus service is available to and from the Herr's Corporate Center beginning at 6:00 PM.
- No admission fees.
Area 1: General Parking
Enter from Cemetery Road - parking is on the west side of the park. A brief walk (approximately 1/2 mile) through the park leads to the event field. This is the best option for families with strollers. When the fireworks end, please return directly to your vehicle and exit. The park will be illuminated from the event field to the parking area. There is no shuttle service from this location.
Shuttle Buses 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (or until lot is full)
Located approximately 1 mile from the park. From this area, shuttle buses operate from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; the last bus will leave Herr's no later than 9:00 PM. Return service will begin immediately following the conclusion of the fireworks. A bus with handicap accessibility is available. Strollers and pets are not permitted on shuttle buses. Please adhere to the drivers' and Sheriff Deputies' instructions for boarding and exiting buses.
Note: Upon exiting, you may experience a prolonged wait to catch a shuttle back to the parking areas. Please be patient. You do not need to return on the same bus you rode from the parking area.
Person with Disability Parking: Available at both locations. Please inform parking personnel of your situation.
For Both Areas:
- Parking gates open at 6:00 PM
- $10/ per vehicle
- There is no vehicle access to the event field to drop off anything before entering parking areas.
- Parking vouchers will be distributed at both locations.
Freedom Fest traditionally attracts 8,000-10,000 visitors, so leave plenty of time for travel and expect delays upon exiting. In cooperation with West Nottingham Township officials, parking plans and road restrictions will be in effect.
- Old Baltimore Pike and Park Road between Herr Drive and Cemetery Road close to the public at 3:00 PM. Access to the Nottingham County Park event parking area is via Cemetery Road.
- Upon exiting, Cemetery Road between Glen Roy Road and Park Road will be one way until midnight.
EXITING: When exiting Herr’s, you will be directed to Route 272 via Herr Drive. Exiting Nottingham Park, you must either go straight across (north) on Cemetery Road to Route 272 near the Route 1 interchange OR turn left (west) onto Park Road toward Lee’s Bridge Road. Access to Route 1 is via Lee’s Bridge Road to south on Fremont Road, east to West Ridge Road. This is approximately a 3-mile trip, but generally less congested.
- Whether walking or driving on the roadways, please be respectful of other guests.
- When arranging your viewing space (blankets and chairs), please be mindful of those around you.
- The roped-off corridors through the center of the field, area in front of the bus stops, and gravel road separating the event field are for emergency access purposes. Please do not sit or place your belongings in these areas.
- Alcohol is strictly prohibited.
- Ignited materials, including sparklers, are strictly prohibited.
- Smoking permitted in designated areas only.
For event information, road restrictions and parking questions, contact Nottingham County Park at 610-932-2589.
For a printable version of Freedom Fest Information, click here.