Saturday’s Freedom Festival in Greenwood will feature all the activities that have been associated with former events, but this year’s celebration will be centralized in Craig Park, as opposed to the past when it was spread over several locations.
Festivities get under way at 9 a.m. with a street fair, which runs until 2 p.m. The parade – starting at Greenwood Middle School, 523 S. Madison Ave. – and family entertainment begin at 10 a.m., and beer, wine and live music will take center stage from 3-10 p.m.
The bash will culminate with a fireworks display at 10:15 p.m.
More than 100 businesses and 40 restaurants are participating in the party, which also includes children’s games, bounce houses and a magic show.
The organizing committee expects to draw nearly 60,000 people to the park, 10 E. Smith Valley Road.
Although not part of the event, The Suds drive-in restaurant, 350 Market Plaza, will host its annual Fourth of July celebration in conjunction with the festival. Classic rock from the 1960s and ’70s will be performed by The Ryells from 6 p.m. until the fireworks, and plenty of classic cars will be on hand.