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Freedom Festival underway in Cedar Rapids

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The 30th annual Freedom Festival is underway in Cedar Rapids. The festival started as a way to bring Fourth of July fireworks to Cedar Rapids. Organizers say this year's fireworks will be bigger than ever. Before the big holiday, there's two weeks worth of activities for families to enjoy.

"They're off work, their kids are out of school," said Robyn Rieckhoff, Executive Director of Freedom Festival. "We found that people wanted family fun events that were not expensive."

Saturday morning brought the Jump for Freedom Dock Dogs competition and the Sand in the City event, which was new to this year's festival. Friday corporate teams coached participants in a sand sculpture competition. Saturday those coaches made their own sculptures.

"Freedom Festival is all about people getting together and getting downtown and having a good time," said Bert Adams, with Sand in the City. "This is one more piece of the puzzle to make it downtown."

The event was previously held in Iowa City, but this year organizers decided to move up to Cedar Rapids and join Freedom Festival.

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