Fourth of July Weekend


Celebrate our nation’s freedom and independence along the shoreline of Lake Cadillac.

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Cadillac’s Independence Day Celebration

The Cadillac Freedom Festival is held annually, in early July, in downtown Cadillac to celebrate our nation’s freedom and independence. Over several days, the festival brings together people from all around, celebrating food, fun, family, and even a little fitness. Some key events include the parade down main street, the 5k Race, Fire on Water – Military Tribute, classic car show & the Pork in the Park BBQ Competition!

 The event culminates in spectacular fashion with a fireworks display directly over beautiful Lake Cadillac! You can learn more about the festival on their Facebook page.

2023 Fundraising Goal!

Chip in and be a real part of the BIGGEST fireworks display yet!



Firework Display Launch Site

The fireworks will be set off in coordination with patriotic music broadcast on 107.9 CDY!

WexExpress Shuttle Route

Thank you to the WexExpress shuttle bus for keeping our attendees moving through the festival!


July 4th through July 8th, 2023

All activities take place in The Cadillac Commons unless otherwise noted

(Times are tentative & subject to change – follow on Facebook for the latest!)


  • 4th of July Parade – 1 PM start (line up at 11am)


FAMILY DAY (Activities in the Cadillac Commons)

  • Kids activities at The Market – 1pm to 4pm
  • 4:30pm – Northern Lights Irish Dancers- IN the Rotary Pavilion
  • G&D & Toy Town presents – Splash Dance Party at the Plaza – 5pm



  • Kids Carnival – 12pm to 9pm – $20 wristbands for unlimited rides, or purchase tickets
  • Cadillac Farmers Market & food trucks – 10am to 4pm
  • Gelly Ball – 10am to 7pm
  • Live Music – Cambio (in Pavilion) 3:30pm to 6pm
  • Vendors in the Park – 10am to 6pm
  • Live Music – Just Us 7pm to 10pm
  • 5k Race to benefit Healing Private Wounds – 7:30pm (registration at 6:15pm)
  • Fire on Water Military Tribute – Cadillac City Docks (at dusk)


  • Kids Carnival – 10pm to 9pm – $20 wristbands for unlimited rides, or purchase tickets
  • Vendors in the Park & food trucks – 10am to 6pm
  • Gelly Ball – 10am to 7pm
  • Classic Car Show – 11am to 4pm (check in at 9am, awards at 3pm)
  • Cornhole Tournament by the American Legion – 11am
  • Live Music in the Pavilion – HoneyBadger 11:30am-1:30pm; North 44 3:30pm-6:30pm; Claim Jumpers 7:30pm-10pm
  • Pork in the Park BBQ Competition – 1pm to 6pm (set up at 10am) Serving starts at 3pm (chicken) to 6pm (ribs)
  • Fireworks over Lake Cadillac (at dusk) Tune into 107.9CDY, fireworks show is set to music!

Thanks for your interest, at this time all vendor spots have been filled. Please check back soon for availability in next year’s Freedom Festival!

Contact The Freedom Festival

Please send your questions or comments to the festival organizers via the Cadillac Freedom Festival Facebook page or email at

President: John Dykstra

Vice President: Ann Bush

Secretary: Beth Miller

Treasurer: Dale Huizenga

Classic Car Show: Larry & Mary Curtis –

Pork in the Park BBQ: Ted Clark –

Festival donations can also be mailed to:

Cadillac Freedom Festival
P.O Box 853
Cadillac MI 49601

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