June 23 - June 26, 2022
P.O. Box 435, East Jordan, MI 49727
Phone: 231-536-7351
Email: info@eastjordanfreedomfestival.org


Miss & Mr. Firecracker Pageant

When:  Monday, June 20, 2022 – 6:30 PM

Location:  The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix

Sponsored by:  Castle Farms, 1918 Cellars Tasting Room and Bistro & The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix

  • Little Miss & Mr. Ages 5 – 8 Years old
  • Junior Miss & Mr. Ages 9 – 12 Years old
  • Miss & Mr. Firecracker 13 – 16 Years old

Firecracker Pageant Information & Registration Form

  • Each contestant must have an East Jordan, MI Address
  • Entry Fee for Little Miss and Mr. will be $25.00
  • Entry Fee for Junior Miss and Mr. & Miss and Mr. will be $50.00
  • Entry Fee does cover their contestant T-shirt for opening number
  • Application will be able to be filled out and submitted to the Chamber to Shannon through the Website as well as mailed out if need be. They are first come first serve and then a waiting list in case someone drops out or cannot make it

Contestant will be in the Grand Parade and also helping with events throughout the festival!

There will be 3 categories;

  1. Patriotic Wear
  2. Formal Wear (This can be simple or elaborate)
    • Mr. Contestants: khakis and a dress shirt and tie to a suit
    • Miss Contestants: A nice dress with heels
  3. Q&A (Age appropriate for their division)

Prizes will be a Crown, Sash, and Flowers for each division winner. Plus a goodie bag for the remaining contestants.

If there are any questions, Dale Henning can be reached at 231-350-2954 (Cell) or littlemissfirecrackerej@gmail.com .

Outdoor Movie

Thursday, June 23, 2022 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 – PG rated.  Come down early, stake your ground, social distance 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.

Gordon the Magician

Memorial Park Bandshell – 7:00 PM

Hold onto your hats and don’t blink an eye! Gordon Russ, magician to the world, and his Big Comedy Magic Show are coming to Jordan Valley Freedom Festival! Gather the kids, be there on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 7:00 pm and prepare to be amazed. Gordon and his trusty sidekick, George the Raccoon, have traveled the globe in search of smiles, laughs, and fun. But this time, instead of China, England, Israel, Japan, or Australia, Gordon is bringing his unique brand of illusion right to the Jordan Valley Freedom Festival, located in East Jordan.


NEW FOR 2022 – Family Fun Tyme Amusements

Thursday, June 23, 2022 – 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Friday, June 24, 2022, Noon – 11:00 PM, Saturday, June 25, 2022 – Noon – 11:00 PM

Block Party

Friday, June 24, 2022 from 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM –  Memorial Park & Spring Street

The Friday Night Block Party in downtown East Jordan. Friday, June 24, 2022 from 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM will be an event to remember. There will be Live Music, Food, Games, Prizes 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.

View Block Party Rules and Registration.

Youth Parade

Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 6:30 PM – NEW DAY AND TIME

This year the theme will be “See You At The Movies”. Build a float, decorate your bike or wagon, dress up in costume and join the fun. The Parade will begin on Main Street near Penzien Funeral Home head south down Main Street to Hammond Street and left and ending on Spring Street.  Awards and refreshments immediately following the parade in Memorial  Park.

View Youth Parade Rules and Registration.

Button Drawing

Friday, June 24, 2022 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 SIX 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 the Bandshell in Memorial Park, Friday, June 24, 2022. Drawings will be at 7:00, 8:00 & 9:00 PM. (Must be present to win) Your Festival Button will also be good for a 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.

Corn Hole Tournament

Friday, June 24, 2022

Sponsored by Foundry Bar & Grill, the East Jordan Freedom Festival Corn Hole Tournament will be on Friday, June 24, 2022 in Memorial Park. The entry fee is $20 per team, two players are allowed per team. Only 16 teams are allowed. Players must be 21 & over. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four teams. More details to be finalized.

View Corn Hole Tournament Rules and Registration.

Special Button Drawings

Thursday at Kid’s Activities

Purchase a button at events on Thursday evening for a chance to win a special prize. (buy a button on Thursday and be entered to win the Thursday night prize, drawings at both the Magic Show and Outdoor Movie). Buttons must be purchased the day of the event, at the event, to be eligible to win that night’s 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)


3-On-3 Basketball Tournament

Saturday, June 25, 2022 – Player Check-in 8:00 AM

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

View 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Rules and Registration.

Grand Parade

Saturday, June 25, 2022 – 3:00 PM

THEME: Celebrate Your Sport

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 “Celebrate Your Sport”. The Grand Parade will be led by the Color Guard.

View Grand Parade Rules and Registration.

Prize Raffle


Try your luck at the Freedom Festival Prize Raffle. The raffle will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022 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 evening.

Lip Sync Contest

Saturday, June 25, 2022 – 6:00 PM



Do you have a favorite song or favorite artist? Come down to the Main Stage in Memorial Park on Saturday 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 24, 2022, (EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED IF WE DO NOT GET 8 ENTRIES BY MONDAY, JUNE 20TH) so register early to guarantee your song choice.

View Lip Sync Contest Rules and Registration.

Festival 500

Saturday, June 25, 2022 – 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, just before the band takes the stage. You do not need to be present to win.

Fabulous Fireworks

Saturday, June 25, 2022 – 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, JUNE 26, 2022

Freedom Lovers Breakfast

Sunday, June 26, 2022 – 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 $7, Children $5