Events – 2017 Freedom Festival


Outdoor Movie – Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Dusk (around 9:30 PM)

Grab a blanket, a lawn chair, family, friends, neighbors or co-workers, and head to the Adult Softball Field (across from Marty’s Dairy Grille) to enjoy a FREE outdoor movie.  Come down early, stake your ground and have some fun.

Movie will begin at sundown (around 9:30 pm) and will be shown under the stars on a huge, inflatable screen with a state-of-the-art projection and sound system. The movie is free and family- friendly.

Old Time Kids Games – Wednesday, June 28 , 2017 – 5:00 – 7:00 PM

The “Old Time Kids Games” are back! Bring the kids to Memorial Park on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 to play some of the games you remember as a kid. Pick-a-Duck, Treasures in the Saw Dust, Bean Bag Toss and more. There will be bubbles to blow, sidewalks to chalk, face painting, wash out hair color and much more. Twister Joe, Balloon Artist Extraordinaire will be there to create balloon animals and balloon hats for everyone. Best of all… it’s all FREE!  Memorial Park from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Teen Glow Bowling – Wednesday, June 28, 2017 starting at 8:00 PM

Lace up your bowling shoes, grab your bowling ball and join us for the Annual Teen Glow Bowling Night at Gemini Lanes. This event is for High School age students. Wednesday, June 28, 2017 starting at 8:00 PM the black lights come on and the colored pins will be set for your chance to win prizes and have some fun with your friends. Pre-Registration is highly recommended as there is very limited space (30 bowlers). There is a small fee of $3.00 for two games and bowling shoe rental.

Glow Bowling Registration Form


Carnival – Thursday, June 29, 2017 – 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Friday, June 30, 2017 – Noon – 11:00 PM, Saturday, July 1, 2017 – Noon – 11:00 PM

Schmidt Amusements offering exciting midway entertainment for young and old alike. Schmidt Amusements is a Michigan-based family owned and operated carnival company with over 30 years experience. Schmidt Amusements offers a wide array of contemporary as well as traditional


Block Party – Friday, June 30, 2017  from 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

This year’s Block Party the Theme for the night will be  “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave”. The Friday Night Block Party in downtown East Jordan. Friday, June 30, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM will be an event to remember. There will be Live Music, Food, Games, The Michigan Stilt Walker will be on hand to make balloon creations and lots more. This is a chance for our local Clubs, Groups, Organizations and Churches to set up a booth and make some money. There is no charge for a booth space for our non-profits. It’s a great time to come downtown and meet up with friends, old and new for a great night of fun.

Block Party Form    Block Party Letter / information

Youth Parade – Friday, June 30, 2017 at 6:00 PM

This year we will celebrate TBA. Build a float, decorate your bike or wagon, dress up in costume and join the fun. The Parade will begin in the Marina parking lot and head north to Main Street and up to Williams Street down the hill to Spring Street and back to Memorial Park. Start time is scheduled for 6 PM on Friday, June 30, 2017. Awards and refreshments immediately following the parade on Main Street.

Youth Parade Form


Button Drawing – Friday, June 30, 2017 at 7:00, 8:00 & 9:00 PM

Purchase your commemorative East Jordan Freedom Festival Button to be entered for a chance to win one of three fabulous prizes, plus one very special, once-in-a-lifetime chance to set off the secular Freedom Festival Fireworks display on Saturday night. Button drawings will be held on the hour during the Friday Night Block Party on Main Street, Friday, June 24, 2016. Drawings will be at 7:00, 8:00 & 9:00 PM. (Must be present to win) Your Festival Button will also be good for money saving special at participating East Jordan locations. Festival Buttons will be on sale at several East Jordan locations prior to the festival and will also be sold at the Friday Night Block Party while supplies last.


Special Button Drawings – Throughout the week

Purchase a button at events throughout the week for a chance to win a special prize the night of the event (buy a button on Tuesday and be entered to win the Tuesday night prize, special drawings Wednesday & Thursday as well). Buttons must be purchased the day of the event, at the event, to be eligible to win that nights prize (Must be present to win). ALL FESTIVAL BUTTONS purchased will be eligible for the Button Drawings on Friday Night at the Block Party. (Must be present to win)


NEW EVENTS FOR 2017 – Co-ed Grass Volleyball Tournament & 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament


East Jordan Freedom Festival Grass Volleyball Tournament – Saturday & Sunday, July 1 & 2, 2017

 Teams must have at least 4 players and must consist of male & female competitors. There must be at least 2 females on the court at all times.

Pre-Entry Fees – $60 per team before May 31, 2017 or $75 per team after May 31 – day of the event.


Freedom Festival 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament – Saturday, July 1, 2017 – Player Check-in 8:00 AM

This tournament is an excellent way for both boys and girls teams to have fun playing 3 – on – basketball in a friendly yet competitive environment. Divisions are determined by the grade students just completed, based on the oldest player.

Kids Bounce Houses – Saturday, July 1, 2017 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Make plans to head to Murphy’s Field where the kids can play in two Bounce Houses. There will be no charge to enter.

Maddie’s Petting Zoo – Saturday, July 1, 2017 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Murphy’s Field – Let the kids meet and pet Maddie’s farm friends from White Birch Valley Farms.


Grand Parade – Saturday, July 1, 2017 – 3:00 PM

If it’s Floats, Beauty Queens, Fire Trucks, Bands and Fun you’re looking for then the Freedom Festival Grand Parade is the place for you. Come out and enjoy the parade celebrating with the theme of “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave”. The Grand Parade will be led by the Color Guard.  Grand Marshal of the 2016 Grand Parade will be: TBA

Grand Parade Form


Prize Raffle – Saturday, July 1, 2017 starting 6:00 PM

Try your luck at the Freedom Festival Prize Raffle. The raffle will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2017 in Memorial Park at the Band Shell. Tickets will be sold  in Memorial Park starting at 4 PM on Saturday. You will have a chance to win over 40 prizes that have been graciously donated by area businesses and individuals. The prizes range from works of art to gift certificates and everything in between. You must be present to win. Drawings will take place throughout the Lip Sync Contest.


Lip Sync – Saturday, July 1, 2017 – 6:00 PM

Do you have a favorite song or favorite artist? Come down to the Main Stage in Memorial Park on Saturday, July 1, 2017 and show the world how well you know the words. Dress up, choreograph a dance or just mouth the words, but most of all have fun and try to win the cash prize. Song choice must be approved prior to the event. Contestants must be registered and pre-approved by Friday, June 30, 2017, so register early to guarantee your song choice.           

Lip Sync Contest Form

Festival 500 – Saturday, July 1, 2017 – 8:00 PM

If you’re feeling lucky be sure to get your Festival 500 ticket for your chance to win one of 10 $50 cash prizes or the Grand Prize of $500.00 in cash. Tickets will be on sale during the festival at the Freedom Festival Information Booth or from any Festival Board Member. Tickets are $5.00 each and the drawing will be held in Memorial Park on Saturday, July 1, 2017 just before the band takes the stage. You do not need to be present to win.

Fabulous Fireworks – Saturday, July 1, 2017 – Dusk

No festival would be complete without a grand finale of Fabulous Fireworks and the East Jordan Freedom Festival has just that. Launched from a barge in the middle of the Beautiful South Arm of Lake Charlevoix and synchronized to music, you won’t soon forget this fireworks display. The best viewing location is downtown East Jordan in Memorial Park, The Marina Docks, The Old Boat Launch and Bridge Area. Memorial Park will also be the best location to hear the music that will accompany the beautiful fireworks display. You won’t want to miss this perfect ending to a wonderful day at the East Jordan Freedom Festival. RAIN DATE – SUNDAY, JULY 2, 2017

 Freedom Lovers Breakfast – Sunday, July 2, 2017 – 7:00 AM – Noon

Join the East Jordan Sno-Mobilers Club as they celebrate Freedom with “The Works” Breakfast. Held at the Sno-Mobilers Club House on Mt. Bliss Road in East Jordan. The Works – Adults $6, Children $3