4th of July Big Igloo Freedom Fest (and giveaway winner!)

4th of July Big Igloo Freedom Fest
Written by Leslie Means

Our winner is – Jennifer Harris!  Congrats, Jennifer.  Please send me an e-mail to [email protected] and we’ll get the gift-card to you.

Enjoy!  And thanks to everyone for sharing this one.  Have a happy and safe 4th!!


*Fun Update!  Help us spread the word about this fantastic event.  Tag a friend on Facebook to let them know about the 4th of July Big Igloo Freedom Fest!  Each tag (including your own!) will be entered in for a chance to win a $50.00 gift card to NE Burger.  Winner announced on Friday morning!  Contest ends Thursday, July 2 at 5 pm.  Winner announced on this post and on social media.  Winner chosen at random.  Here’s the direct link.  Thanks everyone!


Years ago, Pastor Mitch took his boys to a local fair.  The boys (as boys and girls tend to do) wanted to play games.  

All of the games.  

He recognized how quickly games, candy, food and outdoor activities can add up and hurt the pocketbook.  And then, he had an idea.

“He was thinking about all of the people in Kearney that wouldn’t even be able to go to a fair with their families because of the cost,” said Katie Adam, marketing director of Grace Fellowship Church.  

And then the idea happened.  Pastor Mitch decided to create an event, a “free, fun, over the top family day,” where everyone can attend, regardless of how much money sits in their bank account.

 4th of July Big Igloo Freedom Fest was born.  And the community was thrilled.  

The day begins at 5:00 pm with inflatables, carnival games, a toddler tent, hamburgers & hotdogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes, a toddler train, water park with huge water slide & water fight area and Bingo.

Just to name a few, of course.  

The grand finale ends with a huge professional fireworks display at 10:00 pm.

“It is spectacular!” added Adam.  “It is not lame in any way.  It is more amazing because when you are on the lawn, the fireworks are displayed beautifully right in front of you.  I am always amazed how it seems like the show is just for me.”

Bring your lawn chair, swimsuits, blankets, bug spray and sunscreen – this is going to be a great night!

Here’s a few more details!

4th of July Big Igloo Freedom Fest

Location:  Grace Fellowship Church, 4305 19th Ave, Kearney, Nebraska

Time:  5:00 pm – until fireworks show is over!

Cost:  ALL FREE!!  ( There are sponsorship/advertising opportunities available.  Contact Katie at Grace 308-236-7257.)

Website:  Grace Fellowship Church

Facebook:  Grace Fellowship Church

Fun Facts:  This is the 5th year for the event on the 4th of July!  Expect around 3,000 people to attend from across the state of Nebraska and beyond!  

4th of July Big Igloo Freedom Fest
4th of July Big Igloo Freedom Fest

4th of July Big Igloo Freedom Fest

4th of July Big Igloo Freedom Fest

4th of July Big Igloo Freedom Fest


About the author

Leslie Means

Leslie is the co-founder and owner of Her View From She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well.

She is married to a very patient man. Together they have two pretty fantastic little girls ages 8 and 6 and one little dude born March 2017!

When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.