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Abilene Freedom Festival Returns July 4th: See the Fireworks Spectacular

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The Abilene Freedom Festival returns with the 3rd annual July 4th celebration. Originally held over two days, Freedom Festival has been refashioned as a single day event due to COVID-19 concerns. The festival will be in accordance with local and state guidelines for the health of all event attendees and staff.

Festivities will be held on the grounds of the Taylor County Expo Center, with all guests asked to use good sense and practice social distancing. The event will follow all CDC guidelines for food service, and hand sanitizer will be available inside the event.

Freedom Festival Gates Open at 4 p.m.

Abilene Freedom Festival Returns July 4th: See the Fireworks Spectacular

Photo: Neal McCoy courtesy Abilene Freedom Festival

Freedom Festival gates will open at 4 p.m. on July 4th. Activities will include a children’s fun zone and an evening performance by Cirqadventure. Food will be for sale from area food trucks. Live musical concert performances begin at 5 p.m., with Abilene resident Jerrod Medulla as the opening act.

A patriotic military flyover the festival is at 6 p.m. Texas favorite band Great Divide follows at 6:15 p.m. Headliner Neal McCoy, an award-winning country recording artist, will take the stage at 8:15 p.m. for a rousing finale.

Wes-Tex Connect Fireworks Spectacular

Abilene Freedom Festival Returns July 4th: See the Fireworks Spectacular

Photo: The Great Divide courtesy Abilene Freedom Festival

The WesTex Connect Fireworks Spectacular, presented by WesTex Connect of Abilene and H-E-B, will be the highlight of the evening. For the past two years, WesTex Connect has put on the largest fireworks display and show in the state of Texas. This will be the third year the Fireworks Spectacular has entertained attendees with a dazzling patriotic display.

To purchase tickets for the Saturday event, visit abilenefreedomfestival.com. Admission for the concert, food truck area, and Cirqadventure performance is $25 for adults. Tickets for children ages 9 to 15 are $10, and those under 9 years are admitted free. Active military and first responders receive discounted tickets for $20. VIP passes are also available ($250 in advance or $300 at the gate) for preferred seating, all-access passes, a festival T-shirt, food and drinks.