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Independence Day festivities scheduled for July 3, July 4


By Jeff Dixon

As summer approaches, the Freedom Fest team is quickly wrapping up plans for another year of fantastic Fourth of July events held here in Morgan Hill. Taking place on July 3 and 4, Freedom Fest is our annual celebration of America.

The festivities start July 3 with the Patriotic Sing at 6pm, followed the Family Music Fest at 7pm. The celebration continues July 4 with the Freedom Run at 7:30am, the Downtown Parade at 9am with entertainment, a car cruise, floats, equestrians, marching bands, dignitaries and community groups.

The fun doesn’t stop after the parade ends. There is a Classic Car Show that runs to 2:30pm and our Fireworks on the Green start at 4pm with two bands, face painting, jump houses, pie-eating contests and the amazing fireworks show at dark. It makes for an exciting couple of days.

Complete event information can be found at

This fantastic set of events comes as a result of the hard work of Independence Day Celebration, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit, all-volunteer community service group. The Morgan Hill community makes our efforts possible with financial support from businesses, private citizens and the city itself. This support is critical as it takes over $200,000 to produce these six events. Without financial support, Freedom Fest simply wouldn’t happen.

It is easy to support Freedom Fest. You can become a sponsor by donating money and in-kind services, or you can send your personal donation directly to us at P.O. Box 1776 Morgan Hill, CA 95038.

You can also donate through PayPal on our website. Sponsor levels start at $375 and go all the way to $25,000. Sponsors receive benefits such as ads in our award-winning program, recognition on our website, free parade entries, VIP seating at events and more. Personal donations of any amount are always appreciated. You can make a donation or learn more about becoming a sponsor at

For those new to town, Morgan Hill is a city with a rich tradition of community service and support. Our organization is just one of many that works hard to give back. That is one of the many things that makes Morgan Hill so special. We welcome you to our community and look forward to seeing you at Freedom Fest.

For those who have contributed in the past, we sincerely thank you and hope you will again. For those who are new or who have not donated in the past, we hope you will donate to our cause this year and thank you for your consideration.

Jeff Dixon is a Morgan Hill resident and president of Independence Day Celebrations, Inc., the non-profit that conducts the annual Independence Day events in Morgan Hill.