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Freedom Fest spans 2 days

Staff report

Free events spanning two days make up this year's Freedom Fest celebration in Murray.

The main event kicks off Friday on the court square at 5:45 p.m., with an opening ceremony and singing of the national anthem.

The Independence Bank Block Party will provide music from 6-10:30 p.m.

This year's musical lineup includes Swamp Donkey, a band out of Murray, performing from 6-8 p.m. The group plays cover songs by artists ranging from Tom Petty to Tommy Tutone to Prince.

The headlining group for Friday night's concert is Margarita Beach, which performed at the festival in 2011. The Margarita Beach band is "Nashville's premier Jimmy Buffett Tribute and Trop Rock party band," according to the group's website. Admission is free.

Other events that evening include the Freedom Fest Patio, open on the court square for anyone age 21 and older, and the street fair, with vendors selling food and other items.

The CFSB Street Fair will continue Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday the FNB Bank Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and travels down Main Street from 10th to Second streets. More than 50 floats were signed up as of midweek.

After the parade, free inflatables for children will be offered in the CFSB Kid's Zone until 1 p.m.

On Saturday night, the Town and Gown Community Band will perform from 8-9 p.m. in Murray State's Lovett Auditorium. Admission is free and will feature the band and chorus performing patriotic tunes.

At Central Park from 6-10 p.m., the Murray Bank Family Night will include several inflatables for children, vendors selling food and other products, a petting zoo and a concert by local band He Said, She Said. All activities are free.

At 9:30 p.m., the Briggs and Stratton Fireworks Extravaganza brings the event to a close.

The best viewing spots for the fireworks are along U.S. 641 North, including the Kroger, Walmart and Lowe's parking lots, as well as Central Park. Individuals should bring lawn chairs.

Visit tourmurray.com to view the entire schedule or call 270-759-2199.

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