The 2019 "Light The Night" Freedom Fest in Freeport, Illinois was a success. Thank You to everyone who came out to enjoy the day. 

We're already working on plans for 2021. We're sure we'll be planning a cool duck race again, like this one.

2019 Event Information: (held July 6, 2019)

Light The Night Freedom Fest Freeport Illinois Fireworks Vendors, Activities & Food

Vendors, Activities & Food

11:00am-8:00pm — Inflatables, Bouncy houses, Slides and activities for kids, Meet Captain Marvel, Lady Deadpool and the Spider Girls, Take a picture in the fun photo and instant photo booths, Elephant Ears, Corn Dogs, Popcorn, Lemonade Shakeups, Pork Chops, Kiwanis Golden K Kettle Corn, Pizza, Tacos, and more.

Light The Night Freedom Fest Freeport Illinois Fireworks Demolition Derby

Demolition Derby

1:00pm — Event planners teamed up with the Stephenson County Fair and Robbo’s Extreme Derby Promotions LLC this year to present the 2019 Demolition Derby as part of the Fireworks celebration in 2019.

The Demolition Derby will take place on Saturday, starting at 1:00 p.m. with the following classes:

Power Wheel Class (kids 10 & younger), Open Wire Class, Beginner Wire, Minivan / SUV Open Wire, ​Compact Wire​.

The demolition derby is $10.00 and children under 4 are free.

Light The Night Freedom Fest Freeport Illinois Fireworks Entertainment


5:00-9:00pm — Entertainment lined up is 12 year old Mack Massingill along with Mr. Ed and Cross Cut Band. More spots are still available. If you’re interested in playing this year contact Debra Green at Black Diamond Music Studio and Sales at (815) 233-0118.

Light The Night Freedom Fest Freeport Illinois Fireworks

Fireworks At Dusk

Roughly 8:30-9:00pm — The Freeport Fireworks display begins at dark. Fireworks are lit off in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds. No one will be permitted inside or near the area where the fireworks are lit from.

Light The Night Freedom Fest Freeport Illinois Fireworks Donation Drop off Locations

2019 Donation Drop Off Locations

  • The Eagles Club
  • Beauty Boutique
  • Sullivan’s
  • Casey’s
  • Mobil on West Next to old Manny’s
  • Shell next to Mobil on west
  • Cubs
  • Logan’s
  • Deininger Floral
  • Contemporary Hair Salon
  • A-1 Agency
  • Visitors Center
  • Doug Walker Country Company

Get Involved Become a sponsor in 2021

USA ($5,000) – Your own banner at event, one free vendor booth space, title sponsor of one mini event for following year, (ex. Duck Races, Golf Outing, etc) and everything listed below.

STARS & STRIPES ($2,000) – Radio mentions, logo on our website, logo on event t-shirts, logo on all event banners and everything listed below.

Firecracker ($500) – Listed on all event banners (no logo), name listed on website, logo/name on one parking lot row at event and everything listed below

Sparkler ($100) – Listed on the Light The Night Freedom Fest Website and a shout out on the Light the Night Freedom Fest Facebook page.

Demolition Derby Sponsor — Be a 2019 Demolition Derby Sponsor and have your name displayed on a trophy, announced throughout the Demo.

Donate Any Amount —Any donation amount is accepted and appreciated. If you would like to donate another amount, click here to contact us.

Past Events

Bingo For The Fireworks Hosted by Eagles Club June 15, 2019

The Eagles Club will be hosting an event with proceeds going to the 2019 Firework Festival. This even includes BINGO (cards available for purchase), concession stand open, keg beer (donations for cups!), 50/50 raffle, spin the wheel, cash payouts and prizes!!!

This is a BINGO event you do not want to miss! Please share with your family & friends. You DO NOT need to be a member of the Eagles Club to attend. The public is welcome and encouraged to come have some fun! Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 10 PM

Eagles Club #679
1200 W. GALENA Ave, Freeport

Past Events

Patriotic Pub Crawl - June 29, 2019

Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 12 PM – 5 PM

We hope you will join us for a day full of fun, friends and prizes. There will be two cash prizes and one goodie basket! First place $500, second place $250 and third place is a goodie basket valued at $150. You will be entered to win these just by purchasing a ticket for the event!!!

There will be a "firecracker basket" hidden at each location. If you find the basket, it is yours to keep!

Eleven Stops on the route:

  • Mort's
  • Wayside Saloon
  • Royal Pub
  • This is it Eatery
  • Logan's
  • Eilert's
  • Pretzel City Pub
  • Tony's Oyster Bar
  • Pub 219
  • Eagles Club
  • Wagner House

SHUTTLES HAVE BEEN advised to strictly follow the route maps. This way shuttles aren't leaving folks behind, and people are not "stuck" at one location for long periods of time.

Advance tickets $10/person -- Tickets go on sale APRIL 15th

** if you order your tickets ONLINE please note that you will need get your wristband/koozie at your convenience by stopping at Logan's. This will eliminate the chaos of "check in" the day of. There will be no day of check in. You will be free to start wherever you please!!!

** you may also purchase your tickets in person at one of the following locations: Computer Pros, Black Diamond Music Studio or Logan's -- you will receive your wristband and koozie instantly. This is your "ticket" for the event! Do not lose it! This will eliminate the chaos of "check in" the day of. There will be no day of check in. You will be free to start wherever you please!!!

Day of tickets $15/person
** day of tickets can be purchased from 11am-1pm at
Computer Pros OR Logan's ONLY.


Duck Race August 6, 2019

We hope you will join the fun! You can choose your duck number (1-200), but be sure to get your number early before someone else picks your lucky number!

Ducks will be available for sale starting SATURDAY JULY 6TH at the 2019 Festival. Have a little bit of fun with us.

You are also welcome to watch the duck races on September 13th in Rock City at the Rock Run Creek on Farm School Road. We will update with exact coordinates later so you can take GPS to the location!

We will also be doing a Facebook live of the event, just like years past! Such a fun time, and a great way to raise money for Freedom Fest 2020.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Rock Run Creek in Rock City, IL

Pictures with Santa November 24, 2019

Photos with Santa are back for the fifth year! More details to follow as time draws closer!!!

BUT, what we do know is that this year will be a little different! You will no longer need to spend $15 on food to get photos free.

This year photo will be $5 per pose! No food purchase necessary. All proceeds will go towards the 2020 Firework Festival at Stephenson County Fairgrounds.

You will receive a digital copy of your photo with copyright release. There will be no 5x7 hard copy as there was in years past.

Kristia Hord will be doing the photography! She most recently did the Easter bunny photos at Logan's. She also covered adult prom. The same Patrick's Day pub crawl. And so many other occasions!

Logan's Bar & Grill
1805 S West Ave, Freeport

Easter Bunny Photos - April 2, 2020

Light the Night Freedom Fest will be hosting a "photos with the Easter Bunny" event! All proceeds go towards the 2020 Firework celebration at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds.

Photos with the Easter Bunny are $5 per pose/photo. Photos by TBA. Your $5 will get you a digital file of your photo with copyright release to post, share and print anywhere you please!

Remember this is a fundraiser for a wonderful community event! Please show your support by bringing you and your kiddos out for pictures. There is a second front door at Logan's that will be open, so that you do not have to walk thru the main bar area if you do not want to!

Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Logan's Bar & Grill
1805 S West Ave, Freeport


Community Invested Inc. was formed in June 2018 to pick up the fundraising efforts of what was formerly “Freeport Sky Concert”. We hope you will consider supporting our efforts. If you would like more information about this event, our mini events, fundraising events, sponsorship opportunities and more please contact us on our contact page here.