Children wave flags during a past Freedom Festival Parade. A new event, Freedom FEASTival, is being added for 2024. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Freedom Festival organizers announced a new food event that will serve as a fundraiser for the popular festival in Cedar Rapids.

The event, Freedom FEASTival, is set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, on the downtown Second Avenue Bridge, more than a month before the annual festival begins in June.

Related: See photos from the 2023 Freedom Festival Parade

Read more from today’s announcement:

The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival is thrilled to unveil a brand new event that promises to be a feast for the senses – Freedom FEASTival. At this free event, taking place on Friday, May 3rd from 11am-7pm, attendees will explore a celebration of local culinary delights from food trucks and community vendors throughout the picturesque 2nd Avenue Bridge in Downtown Cedar Rapids. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the festival at large.

“We are excited to introduce Freedom FEASTival as a new and delicious addition that will take place outside of our typical festival dates,” said Marnie Schultz, Events and Marketing Director of The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival. “This event reflects our commitment to bringing the community together and celebrating the diverse flavors that our local culinary scene has to offer.”

If you are interested in being one of the vendors for this event, you will find more information as well as a way to apply on The Freedom Festival’s website:

The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, scheduled to take place from June 14th through July 4th, promises to be an unforgettable celebration filled with family-friendly activities, live entertainment, delicious food, and a spectacular fireworks display. Festival buttons, which serve as an all-access pass to the various festival events, will be available for purchase at area Hy-Vees with all proceeds supporting the festival’s mission to bring joy and community spirit to Cedar Rapids.

For more information about the 2024 Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival and to stay updated on festival activities, please visit

The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival is a privately and publicly funded nonprofit organization that produces community programming over three weeks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In addition to celebrating the 4th of July, the Freedom Festival’s mission is to celebrate the quality of life in Eastern Iowa by providing safe, affordable, and fun annual events that embody the spirit of patriotism and a sense of community and family. For more information, visit