Frisco Freedom Fest 2013 lived up to its billing as the City’s biggest party of the year, bringing together more than 30,000 area residents for an Independence Day celebration.
The event featured a Community Stage filled with highly anticipated returning favorites – such as Cutta C, Dallas Wayde and Hailey Pickett – as well as a number of performers who got their first chance to share singing and dancing talents with the home crowd. The finale starred longtime rocker Rick Derringer, who inspired audience members to whip out air guitars and jam to classics including “Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo” and “Hang on Sloopy.”
Mayor Maher Maso and several City Council members continued a Freedom Fest tradition by judging the annual Taste of Frisco competition earlier in the day. Festival goers also seemed to enjoy the wide range of culinary offerings. Among the Taste winners: Posado’s Café – Best Main Dish; Snowball Express - Best Dessert; Rock 101Patio Grill – Best Appetizer/Unique Dish.
When Frisco residents weren’t eating or dancing, they were probably bungee jumping or trying out the new zip line. The children’s area also offered bounce houses, art stations and plenty of other activities.
Everything led up to the fireworks finale, which lit up the sky after the FC Dallas game, and featured a spectacular display of explosive colors and booming patriotic tunes.
More than 80 volunteers were on hand to help their neighbors celebrate on July 4. Freedom Fest also benefitted from the support of enthusiastic vendors and sponsors, such as Centennial Medical Center.
Carrie Pickett, physician relations manager for Centennial, said the medical center sponsors the Children’s Expo each year because Freedom Fest is “always a highly popular and successful event” that draws people from throughout the area. “We got another great chance to interact with many different people during the day, and we got a very positive response from everyone,” she said. “They were all having a good time.”
Rafael Rangel, general manager of Posado’s Mexican restaurant, said he was pleased to take home the top prize for Taste of Frisco with a new dish, tacos al pastor, which blends pork, cheese and pineapples.
“Freedom Fest is a great chance for us to meet new people, tell them about our restaurant and hear about what Frisco diners like to eat,” he said.
Besides Centennial, Freedom Fest also was sponsored by: FC Dallas, Time Warner Cable, Radio Disney, KLAK, Frisco Style, Frisco Enterprise, Grover’s Grill and CoServ.