The 20th annual Freedom Festival was held at Hendersonville’s Drakes Creek Park on July 3 before a record crowd estimated at over 20,000 visitors. This year’s event was sponsored by the Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Hendersonville Parks & Recreation Department and Hallmark Hyundai, and it served as a fundraiser for the Hendersonville Chamber Foundation, an organization that provides grants to local teachers and schools.
Throughout the afternoon and evening, an array of vendors was on hand to provide food and drinks to help festivalgoers beat the heat. Adjacent to the vendor area, First Baptist Church of Hendersonville provided a free Kids Zone to keep young revelers entertained.
As in years past, the Freedom Festival featured an evening of music performed by some of Hendersonville’s favorite entertainers. The musical festivities began with performances by the top three contestants in this year’s “Hendersonville Has Talent” competition. Following the acts, a panel of celebrity judges selected Jen Case as the winner and awarded her a $1,000 cash prize.
After the judging, the entertainment continued with music by Nashville party band the Remedies followed by headliner Morgan Myles, who was a finalist during the 2022 season of NBC’s “The Voice.”
After dark, the celebration concluded with one of Middle Tennessee’s largest fireworks displays set to a medley of patriotic music.