Freedom Fest was originally scheduled to take place each year on the day before Independence Day. However, a stormy weekend forced a cancellation.
The celebration was rescheduled for Labor Day – the annual holiday that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country and its communities.
The Freedom Fest celebration on Labor Day weekend was so successful, Pryor’s community leaders decided that the event should remain on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, each year. It seemed fitting, since Oklahoma’s largest industrial complex, MidAmerica Industrial Park, is one of Pryor’s hallmark features and our workers are our greatest asset, that we salute them. Additionally, because Rocklahoma kicks off the summer on Memorial Day weekend, it somehow was appropriate that we have a substantial closer for the summer season.
Freedom Fest 2016 enjoyed record audience participation, with thousands in attendance. The band Ricochet performed, saving their signature rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, for last song of the concert – leading into the spectacular fireworks display. Doc Fell & Company played earlier in the evening. Families and children of all ages, from throughout the region, played on the inflatables and in the Kid’s Zone, ate dinner from one of the many food trucks, had home-made ice cream for desert and visited with old and new friends.