The East Ridge Merchants Association has joined hands with the city of East Ridge and Hamilton County to celebrate freedom at Libertyfest on Saturday, June 30 at Camp Jordan Park.
Thousands of people are expected to come to I-75, Exit 1 for a regional-wide party that will feature live entertainment and will conclude with a fireworks show.
The celebration of America’s Independence at the 275-acre Camp Jordan Park Amphitheatre will run from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
The entertainment line-up features headliner Cody McCarver, JoyScout with Chattanooga native Emily Kate Boyd, Roger Alan Wade, Davey Smith, Nathan Farrow, Chris McDaniel, the Stratoblasters and more.
"Looking at the Libertyfest lineup, it’s obvious the organizers wanted to get some of the best local performers we have to offer because that is what they have,” Barry Courter said. “Every one of those acts puts on a great show, so fans will want to get there early and stay all day."
East Ridge City Manager Tim Gobble said he joins the mayor and city council in helping to support Libertyfest.
"I believe Libertyfest is going to grow to be one of the largest outdoor community events in the area,” Mr. Gobble said. “By having it on June 30, it helps kick off a number of celebrations leading up to the Fourth of July and gives all an opportunity to come out and enjoy our beautiful Camp Jordan Park, good food, top quality entertainment, activities and fireworks in celebration of our nation's birthday."
ERMA member Jill Kilgore (East Ridge Auto Alignment) said she believes Libertyfest will bring the community together and showcase the talent from throughout the region.
“Sharing time with your family and friends while watching great entertainment and eating great food is what bonds people together,” Ms. Kilgore said. “The more opportunities we have to bring people together the closer and tighter the community becomes. And, to finish a great day with fireworks that night is even more exciting.”
Best Way Printing owner David Curd said East Ridge is expecting a large turnout to make this a successful event.
“We are hopeful this will be an annual event for years to come,” Mr. Curd said. “Libertyfest will not only bring excitement and positive attention to our community but will also generate revenue for our local businesses.”
LibertyFest will have an all-star line-up of food venders with a focus on all having some form of barbecue on their menu.
All potential food vendors are asked to call 635-8038. In addition, display booths for crafts and such are $50 for 10 x 10 and $100 for 10 x 10 with electricity.
Participants may bring lawn chairs and blankets. Admission is $10 per car (limit six per vehicle).
To volunteer call 432-4409. For more information visit www.eastridgeparksandrec.com.