Convenience, fun and a thundering choreographed fireworks show have become the hallmarks of Billings’ only public Fourth of July celebration. Guests can leave the cooler at home, grab a $3 grill meal (or a variety of 50-cent concessions) and enjoy six hours of free entertainment.
Celebrate Freedom, an event hosted since 2002 by Harvest Church, provides a FREE festival for all ages, a lengthy fireworks display and family-friendly food prices. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. at Castlerock Park in the Heights, with fireworks beginning after dark.
“Rumors have been rampant about Celebrate Freedom this year,” said Celebrate Freedom Coordinator Katrina Hickle. She wants to clear up these rumors by emphasizing that the event is NOT moving to another location, and that the 5k Race has been discontinued.
“The event is a gift to Billings with no strings attached.” Hickle said, “It is our pleasure to provide a safe and fun environment for families.”
Hickle and more than 500 other volunteers will serve fresh lemonade, popcorn, ice cream, sno- cones, floats, burgers, brats, hot dogs and more. There will also be face painting, balloons, temporary tattoos, lawn games, a rock wall, a preschool play area, and 15 inflatable bouncy houses. All activities are free, including live entertainment throughout the evening.
At least 15,000 people are expected this year, based on past attendance. For guests’ safety, city police and first responders will be at Castlerock Park for the duration of the event.