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Red and White Fireworks exploding in the sky at the North Port Freedom Festival
A family gets comfortable on the lawn with some blankets to enjoy some fireworks at the North Port Freedom Festival
Mother hugs her young daughters as they enjoy ice cream at the North Port Freedom Festival
ABOUT

A local summer tradition since 2004, North Port's Freedom Festival, presented by American Irrigation, provides families and friends the chance to celebrate Independence Day together with good food, lively entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks display. This year the event will be held at CoolToday Park (18800 South W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL 34293) on July 4, 2019. Gates will be open to the Public at 4:00 p.m.

Seating will be available both inside the stadium or outside on the Event Lawn. If watching the Fireworks Show from the Event Lawn, the public is welcome to bring blankets or chairs to enjoy the show. No personal fireworks, sparklers, animals, or stickers will be permitted.  Also due to licensing requirements, vendors will not be permitted to sell any Pepsi products. Space is first come, first serve.

Available on the front event lawn of the stadium will be a children’s section which will include a variety of free activities and much more.  Local food vendors are welcome to join in the fun and serve outside the stadium. Vendor applications are available here.

In addition to the stadium concessions inside the ballpark, there will also be a variety of vendors and community organizations providing informational booths stationed along the concourse. Live music will be performed throughout the night. There will also be free activities to commemorate North Port’s 60th Anniversary; including a chance for kids to run the bases!

CONTACT

For more information, contact Parks & Recreation at (941) 429-7275 or email parks@cityofnorthport.com.

FAQ

Is there a charge for admission, parking, or seating?

No, this event will provide free parking, free admission, free kids activities, and free entertainment. There will be food and festival vendors on site with items available for purchase.

Do vendors accept cash or credit?

Most Festival Vendors accept cash or credits cards, but it is at the sole discretion of the vendors.

What happens if there is rain or severe weather?

This a rain or shine event; in case of inclement weather, attendees will be asked to exit the event to their vehicles until the “all clear” is announced by City personnel. There is no rain date for this event.

Will there be accessible seating?

Yes, CoolToday Park has accessible seating available.

What time can we arrive at the Park?

The Freedom Festival will begin at 4:00 pm. There will be no access to the Festival Area prior to 4:00 pm.

What is the address for CoolToday Park?

18800 South W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL 34293

Why does the address say CoolToday Park is in Venice?

CoolToday Park is located in the City of North Port, so this event is still in North Port. Unfortunately, the zip code lists the area as Venice, which is incorrect. Zip codes are managed by the Postal Service and not local government. The City has requested the post office to make a change, twice. So far they have declined. Please note that zip codes are used for mail sorting and delivery only.

 

TRAFFIC

Free parking will be available outside the stadium and the public is encouraged to carpool.  Be prepared for congestion and slow-moving traffic as you enter and exit the park, slow and safe is the motto of the day!

TRAFFIC PLAN: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

City officials, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), have released the following traffic plan for entrance and egress to the City of North Port’s annual Freedom Festival presented by American Irrigation.

When arriving at the event:

From North Port

Patrons traveling from the City of North Port and from the East, must enter through the West Villages Parkway.

From I-75

Vehicles traveling from I-75 south, must travel south on River Road and turn right at US 41 and must turn left at West Village Parkway.

From Venice

Vehicles traveling from Venice and from the West must enter through Preto Boulevard and turn left on Playmore Blvd.

Map showing entrance plan for traffic at the 2019 Freedom Fest

When leaving the event:

To North Port: 

Vehicles must travel north on West Villages Parkway and must make a right at US 41.

To I-75:

Vehicles must travel north on West Villages Parkway and must make a right at US 41, then make a left on River Road.

To Venice:

Vehicles must travel north on West Villages Parkway, make a left on Playmore Blvd., then make a right on Preto Blvd. and finally make a left on US 41.

Map showing exit plan for traffic at the 2019 Freedom Fest

For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at (941) 429-PARK.

SCHEDULE/LAYOUT

Schedule of Events (subject to change)

4:00 p.m. – Event Opens;KC & the Sunshine Band 70's Flashback to perform on stage inside stadium

Kid's/Inflatables & Family Activity Area Opens on Front Event Lawn 

4:45 p.m. – Diamond Run –children are invited to run the bases on the field to celebrate North Port’s 60th Anniversary.

6:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies

6:30 p.m. –Huey Lewis & The News Tribute Band to perform inside stadium

8:15 p.m. –The Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute Band to perform inside stadium

9:00 p.m. – Fireworks Show Begins 

9:30 p.m. – Fireworks Show & Event Ends, Patrons Begin to Leave

 Event Layout

Map outlining the event layout for the 2019 Freedom FEstival

SPONSORS

Special thanks to American Irrigation for their support as the presenting sponsor of Freedom Festival. Much appreciation as well to our Silver Sponsor, Wharton-Smith, Inc., and Bronze sponsors EarthBalance, YourCBD Store North Port, WENG Radio, 97.5 WKDW, and West Villages Realty LLC.

Interested in partnering with the City in support of this event? For more information, contact Communications & Outreach Coordinator Laura Ansel by calling 941-429-7143 or by email at LAnsel@CityofNorthPort.com
VENDORS

Vendor applications are accepted on a first-come first-served basis for this year's Freedom Festival. Applications will be considered based on event needs and space availability. The City does not provide exclusivity for vendors on particular items and reserves the right to turn away vendors deemed inappropriate for this family event. Return original form with payment to City of North Port, c/o Parks & Recreation -Freedom Festival  6207 W. Price Blvd, North Port, FL 34291--make checks payable to the City of North Port. Payment is also accepted in-person at the Morgan Family Community Center or George Mullen Activity Center.

Download and print a Freedom Festival Vendor Application.