Freedom Fest Returns with a Bang This Year

Freedom Fest Returns with a Bang This Year 

NACOGDOCHES – Texas Farm Bureau Freedom Fest presented by metroPCS will once again be offering all the sights, sounds and tastes of an old-fashioned, community-wide Independence Day celebration on July 4th in Festival Park.

Families are invited to enjoy delicious festival food, children’s activities, the “All-American Hot Dog Eating Contest”, the “Star Spangled Pitch Off” washer tourney, and live music by Culverhouse and Westbound 21. The evening will culminate in a dazzling fireworks display sponsored by Texas Farm Bureau beginning 30 minutes after dark. Admission is free. 

Freedom Fest will take place from 5 to 9:30 p.m. in Festival Park, located just south of the downtown square in Nacogdoches. Guests are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to Festival Park. Glass bottles and alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

The 2nd Annual “All-American Hot Dog Eating Contest” will start at 6:30 p.m. and there will be three age groups: 7-12, 13-17, and 18+. Participants may register the day of the event 5-6:15 p.m. at the CVB tent. Registration is free. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Sharpen those washer-pitching skills for the 4th annual “Star Spangled Pitch Off” washer tourney sponsored by Heritage Land Bank.  Teams of two have the opportunity to compete in this pitching event at 6 p.m. located by the children’s activities in downtown Festival Park. Contestants can download the entry form at or sign up at the Jaycees info booth the day of the festival. Entry into the contest is $20 per team. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of the Pitch Off.

A fun children’s area will keep the kids entertained with arts and crafts, potato sack races, slides, moonwalks and letters to the troops.

“Freedom Fest has something for the whole family to enjoy from excellent food to show-stopping fireworks,” said Mallori Brookshire, meeting and event coordinator of the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau.  “What better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than to share it with family and friends at a safe and fun patriotic festival.”

Other popular locations for viewing the fireworks are the University Mall, Williamsburg Plaza, Downtown Square, Nacogdoches County Courthouse, Coy Simms Softball Park and Brookshire Brothers on South Street.

For more information about Freedom Fest, call the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau at 936-564-7351 or 1-888-OLDEST-TOWN.

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