Thank you to the sponsors, volunteers, vendors, entertainers and staff who made the 2019 Heritage & Freedom Fest an entertaining and memorable experience for tens of thousands of patrons. See you in 2020, O'Fallon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Carnival and Midway

Does it cost anything for carnival rides?

While entry to the festival is free, there is a nominal fee for carnival rides. Learn more about carnival ride costs on the Carnival & Midway page.

Can I refund any unused tickets?

No, tickets are purchased through the carnival company; therefore, the City cannot provide refunds.

Can I reuse my unlimited ride wristband?

No, unlimited ride wristbands are only valid for one event day.


Entertainment

What times are bands performing on the Main Stage?

A complete schedule of entertainment can be found here.

Are the concerts free?

Yes! The Heritage & Freedom Fest hosts national entertainment free of charge.

How can I get my band to perform at Heritage & Freedom Fest?

To be considered as an entertainer for the festival, please mail a demo/press kit to: Heritage & Freedom Festival, 100 North Main Street, O'Fallon, MO 63366. Electronic versions can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Fireworks

Will there be fireworks at Heritage & Freedom Fest?

Yes, there will be a fireworks display each night after Main Stage music ends. On July 3, the display will begin at 10:15 p.m. On July 4, the display will begin at 9:30 p.m. There are no fireworks on July 2.

How close can I be to the fireworks?

Viewers must remain at least 600 feet from the point of launch. Please follow the direction of the O'Fallon Police, staff and volunteers. Do not trespass onto closed areas or roads.

Can I watch the display from Westhoff Park?

The best place to view the display is from the festival grounds; however, Westhoff Park will be accessible approximately 30 minutes before the fireworks display. For safety reasons, viewers at Westhoff Park must stay away from the clearly marked fireworks perimeter.


General

How much does it cost to enter the Heritage & Freedom Fest?

Nothing! It is free to attend.

Are the concerts free?

Yes! The Heritage & Freedom Fest hosts national entertainment free of charge.

What are the hours of the festival?

On July 2 the hours are 4–10 p.m. On July 3 the festival grounds are open from 4–11 p.m. On July 4 the hours are Noon – 10 p.m.

Can I bring my pet to the festival?

No. Per City ordinance: Persons are hereby prohibited from bringing animals of any type, with the exception of Police dogs and seeing eye dogs, into any City park during any City sponsored festival or celebration, such as the Fourth of July or Celebration of Lights unless written permission is received from the Director of Parks or Board. This includes any pets on leashes.  (R.O. 2007 -210.120; Ord. No. 1929-2-3, 6-6-91)

What do I do if I feel overheated or light-headed?

Visit our Heat Relief Air-Conditioned Tent located near the festival entrance to cool down and get a drink of water. Or visit EMS, also located near the festival entrance.

Do you offer recycling at the festival?

Yes, recycle containers are located near all trashcans on the festival grounds. Most "trash"- cans, bottles, paper plates, napkins, foil, boxes and cartons - can be placed in these containers. However, please throw food and plastic bags in the trashcan next to the recycle bin, as they're not recyclable.

Is there a list of things that cannot be brought on festival grounds?

Yes. Items not permitted on the festival grounds include: personal fireworks, pets and animals unless they are service animals, glass containers of any kind, bikes, skateboards, skates, and firearms.

Can I bring a cooler to the festival?

Yes. However, no glass containers are allowed and contents are subject to search by the O'Fallon Police Department. Motorized coolers are NOT allowed.


Kids' Area

What is the cost of activities in the Kids' Zone?

Zero! All activities located in the Kids' Zone are completely free.

What is there to do in the Kids' Zone?

There is plenty to do for kids of all ages. Activities include inflatables, giant tricycles and more!

What time is the Kids' Zone open?

From 4 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. on July 3, and Noon – 9 p.m. on July 4.


Media/Press

Who do I contact regarding a news story?

Please contact Tom Drabelle, City of O'Fallon Communications Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 636-379-5508.


Parade

When is the parade being held?

The parade will be July 4 at 9:30 a.m. Depending on where you view it from, the parade typically lasts 2 to 2½ hours.

What happen if it rains?

The parade is held rain or shine.

What is the route of the parade?

The 2.1-mile parade route begins at Main Street and Civic Park Drive, travels north on Main Street, turns east on Tom Ginnever Ave. and ends at T.R. Hughes Blvd.

How early do I need to arrive to get a good view?

Some spectators begin arriving around 7:30 – 8 a.m.

Who hosts the parade?

The parade is coordinated by the City of O'Fallon with great assistance from many volunteers.

Is the parade going to be on TV?

Yes, the parade is aired on the City's government access cable channel, O'FallonTV, which may be found on Charter Cable channel 991 and U-verse channel 99. 

Can I bring my dog to the parade?

No. Due to the large crowds and extreme weather, pets are prohibited unless they are service animals.

Are there going to be fireworks at the parade?

No, but there will be a spectacular fireworks display on the Festival Grounds on July 3 at 10:15 p.m. and July 4 at 9:30 p.m.

How do I get involved?

To assist with the parade, contact Volunteer Services at 636-379-5417 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Parade Participants

General parade rules and regulations

General rules
  • Creativity is highly encouraged for all parade entries.
  • Bonus points are awarded for a)following theme b)music c)mechanical movement.
  • Entries with live animals must take care of all animal waste before, during and after parade.
  • Improper use of the American Flag will not be permitted.
  • No water guns or confetti cannons will be allowed.
  • Decorate entries using only fire resistant or flame retardant material.
  • Towed floats must replenish candy behind the float or on the side of truck bed.
  • Candy should be in pre-wrapped and self-contained packages.
  • One support vehicle may be included per entry and decorated – must be listed on the application.
  • The use of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited.
  • No entry may sell merchandise along parade route.
  • If your float breaks down during the parade, move aside as soon as possible.
  • Line-up requests will be considered, but cannot be guaranteed.
  • Disputes may be presented to the Festival Manager for clarification during the parade.
  • The Heritage and Freedom Fest parade is part of a community-wide celebration in a family-oriented environment. It is not a public forum for debate of civic issues or public policy. The Festival office reserves the right to reject any entry that is inappropriate or at odds with the characteristics of the event.

Safety

  • Children under the age of eight (8) are not recommended to ride bikes in the parade and should only ride on floats or vehicles under adult supervision.
  • Do not throw candy from the float.
  • Bike riders must adhere to state law regarding helmets.
  • Bring enough water for walkers to last through the parade.
  • It is mandatory to have 4 wheel walkers per float.
  • Keep 30 ft. distance between parade entries!

HANDING OUT FIREWORKS IS PROHIBITED.

Where can I get a parade application?

Once available, a link to the online application can be found at the top of the Parade page.

What is the deadline for submitting an application?

The deadline for submitting a Parade Participant application is noon on Monday, June 3, 2019.

Are there published rules for parade entries?

Yes, rules for the parade are part of the application.

Can I still get in the parade this year if I miss the deadline?

If you miss the application deadline, please contact Jennifer Hoisington at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 636-379-5605.

When and where are parade meetings held?

The mandatory parade lineup meeting will be held in the Multi-purpose Room of City Hall on June 19 at 6:30 p.m. Only one person from each entry is require to attend, though it is helpful for the float driver to attend as well.

What are the rules for floats?

  • Float Dimensions: Max 60 feet in OVERALL length, 14 feet in width or height, including tow vehicles.
  • Any entry with a flatbed float or being towed must be fully skirted on 3 sides (two sides and back) for visual appeal.
  • Entries must carry a fire extinguisher-at least 2-A, 10-B:C rating accessible to the operator.
  • Floats must have hand holds for float riders.
  • Floats must have at least four (4) wheel walkers, one wheel walker on each side of float and one wheel walker on each side of vehicle.

Where will my entry be in the parade?

The parade lineup will be decided by the Parade Leads, you will receive your lineup assignment at the mandatory meeting on June 19.

I am a participant in the parade. Can I park my car in the parade lineup area?

No. Depending on which section you are assigned to, you will receive a parking option. These will be discussed at the mandatory meeting on June 19 and disclosed in your information packet.

What are the rules regarding signage?

  • One banner or sign must be carried or displayed in front of all judged entries.
  • Banner size requirements: minimum 2 ft. x 2 ft. Maximum of 3 ft. x 25 ft.
  • Banner carriers must be capable of keeping the parade pace.
  • Signs cannot exceed 2ft. x 4ft.
  • No “For Sale” signs may be displayed by entries.

Where can I drop off people who will be participating in the parade?

This depends on your lineup location. Section 1 entries can drop off parade participants at the parking lot located near the railroad tracks at the intersection of Sonderen and Wabash streets. Section 2 through Section 4 participants may drop-off participants at the lot behind McGurks – located at Main and Elm streets.

Can my dog walk in the parade with my entry?

No, unless the dog is a service animal. The pavement gets very hot during the 2.1-mile parade route and may burn the pads of a dog's feet.

I have questions regarding my application, who do I contact?

Please contact Jennifer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 636-379-5605.

What do I need to know on parade day?

  • Line up begins at 7:00 a.m.
  • Check-in locations will be at each section.
  • A parade coordinator will assign you a number and direct you to your line up area.
  • All participants must be in place by 8:30 a.m.
  • Designate a meeting place for your group for those being dropped off.
  • No parking provided at the line up area or along the parade route.
  • The entry described on your application is the only entry allowed into the parade.
  • All entries must maintain their speed and position throughout the parade.

If I have a motorized entry, are there special rules?

Yes! All motorized entries must follow these rules:
  • All vehicles must be completely restored. Vehicles with missing parts or unfinished paint jobs are not permitted.
  • Motorized vehicles must be operated by a licensed driver with liability insurance.

What are the rules for commercial and political entries

Commercial entries

  • Please see application for fees and deadlines.
  • Commercial entries are eligible for judging.
  • May be sponsored by an individual business or business in a mutual association.
  • Commercial entries must decorate toward the parade theme. Commercial vehicles must be decorated more than 75% or will not be permitted event day.
  • Entries must adhere to general float requirements.
  • A logo or business name may be displayed but float must be further decorated.
  • Floats should not be used primarily for advertising purposes.

Political entries

  • Political candidates must decorate their entry.
  • Magnets and signs are not accepted as decoration.

What are the rules for walking units

  • For multiple entries within a single organization: list the order they will appear on the application. (Schools with cheerleaders, drum majors, band, drill team.)
  • Walkers with children must have a minimum of four (4) adults.
  • Performances must be in a forward motion and/or marching routine.
  • STOPPING TO PERFORM FOR JUDGES OR TV WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.
  • Any action delaying the progress of the parade or creating large gaps are prohibited.


Parking

Where do I park?

Premium parking ($10) is avaiable on a first-come, first-serve basis at the CarShield Field west parking lot.

Free, general parking is available at Fort Zumwalt North High School and Christian High School (both on Tom Ginnever Ave.)

Accessible (ADA) parking is available only at Westhoff Park. Free shuttles will transport patrons to the festival entrance.

What is Premium Parking?

Get to (and leave) the festival faster! Available on a first-come, first-serve basis, premium parking at the CarShield Field west parking lot is $10 per vehicle. If you leave the lot, then wish to re-enter, you must pay again.

Will there be transportation from the General Parking lots?

Yes. Free air-conditioned buses will operate from Fort Zumwalt North and Christian high schools, dropping patrons off on T.R. Hughes Boulevard near the festival entrance.


Sponsorships

What does my contribution go towards?

Your contribution will assist with providing free quality services, activities and entertainment for Heritage & Freedom Fest.

Who do I contact to contribute?

To become Heritage & Freedom Fest sponsor, contact Elizabeth Peoples at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 636-379-5574.