As summertime temperatures rise, so does the anticipation for LaFayette’s celebration of freedom in keeping with the Fourth of July.
The Freedom Festival at the city park is the quintessential holiday experience of music, food and fireworks, which will kick off at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 28.
The free community event, in its seventh year at 638 S. Main St., is sponsored by the LaFayette Woman’s Club and the city of LaFayette, park and recreation director Patti Scott said.
The festival has grown in size and attendance each year, with an anticipated crowd of more than 3,000 possible this year.
About 50vendors have signed up to sell an array of carnival concoctions, including fried favorites, like the blooming onion, chilled classics ice cream, and sweet tea.
Kids will have several fun options, from bouncing on the inflatables to face-painting and much more.
There will also be a free swim from 7-9 p.m. at the city pool, which does require proper swimming attire.
A new restriction aims to make the event safer for children by banning pets, except for certified working animals like guide dogs.
“In the past we have had some incidents with dogs,” Scott said.
Another addition will be karaoke singers belting out their favorite songs in the gym.
The inspirational music of Vince Stallings will be the first of three musical performances at 6 p.m., followed by Black Cat Moon from Dalton at 7 p.m. and The Beaters from Chattanooga at 9 p.m.
A pie-eating contest is also scheduled during one of the intermissions between bands.
Fireworks have been given a set time of 10:30 p.m., allowing families enough time to find a spot and allowing vendors to close down and enjoy the show.