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Freedom Fest scheduled Saturday in Morrow
by Bill Baldowski
June 27, 2013 01:00 PM | 1448 views | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Looking over the site of Saturday's Freedom Fest, Morrow Business & Tourism Executive Director Michael Twomey said the event would be one of the best ever, with musical entertainment, food and arts and craft vendors, inflatables and other games for children in addition to its signature event, the fireworks extravaganza after dark.
Looking over the site of Saturday's Freedom Fest, Morrow Business & Tourism Executive Director Michael Twomey said the event would be one of the best ever, with musical entertainment, food and arts and craft vendors, inflatables and other games for children in addition to its signature event, the fireworks extravaganza after dark.
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Usually wearing a tie and jacket despite the heat, Morrow Business & Tourism Executive Director Michael Twomey can be seen all over the city, talking up its great business opportunities and its many attractions.

However, there is one day out of the year that he exchanges his business attire for a pair of Bermuda shorts, a walkie-talkie and straw hat.

That day is this Saturday when his annual Freedom Fest event turns the quiet, tranquil front lawn of the city-owned property at 5917 Reynolds Road into Clayton County largest Independence Day celebration.

Scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. and culminating with a fireworks display that rivals anything that other metro Atlanta Independence Day celebrations have to offer, Freedom Fest has been the place Clayton County residents can celebrate the country’s birthday with upwards of a thousand of their closest friends and neighbors and, best of all, do it for free, including parking.

“We are excited about what we have planned this year,” Twomey said as he walked the area of the festival last week, flag in hand.

“Last year, we were down in attendance because it was one of the hottest days anyone could remember,” Twomey said.

“We believe the weather will cooperate more this year and are expecting a good crowd.”

Although the fireworks at dusk, which light up the night sky and, many times, illuminate the area like daylight, is the festival’s signature event, the musical entertainment has been a festival favorite and this year is no exception.

From a musical entertainment standpoint, the band, Soul Purpose, will take center stage starting in the early evening and, Twomey said he believes the band will delight festival-goers with an agenda of selections ranging from rock & roll to gospel and “just about everything in between.”

Those attending are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets for an afternoon and evening of family fun and relaxation.

However, for those who don’t want to go to the trouble of preparing a picnic, the festival has an array of food vendors guaranteed to tickle one’s taste buds plus the ever-present collection of inflatable’s and games for the children.

Parking is free across the street from the festival site, so having to walk a long way to get to the site is not an issue. For more information on Freedom Fest, call (770) 961-4002.

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