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2018 Freedom Fest Veterans Celebration

November 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - November 11, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

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One event on November 10, 2018 at 11:00 am

One event on November 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm


The 2nd Annual Freedom Fest Veterans Day Celebration returns to Sims Park the weekend of November 9, 10 and 11th. The event begins on Friday evening with the Freedom Fighters Feast, a dinner under the stars in Sims Park for Veterans and their guests. The special dinner is provided by the award-winning Dulcet Restaurant & Grill. Lending to the beautiful ambience, music will be performed by talented violinist Cal Morris. Veterans are encouraged to reach out to the Event Chair, Amy Anderson, for their inclusion as a guest for the dinner.

Saturday, November 10 continues at the park with a full day of crafters, vendors, kid-friendly inflatables, festival food, craft beer, and live music. The schedule of live music includes local talent including Blues Legend, Nitro. Also appearing is national recording artist Keni Thomas, and renowed AC/DC tribute band, Stiff Upper Lip.
3pm to 3:30 / 3:45 “Category 5 “- Bishop McCaughlin Catholic High School
Show Chorus performing a compilation of Patriotic music like ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle boy” and includes a medley the Armed Service
US Navy Songs, Anchors Aweigh
US Army, The Caissons Go Rolling Along
US Air Force, The Wild Blue Yonder
US Marines, Marines’ Hymn
US Coast Guard, Semper Paratus
4pm to 5:30 pm Father Eric band featuring Blues Legend, Nitro and Tampa Blues Machine
6pm to 6:30pm break
6:30 to 8:00 pm Barefoot Bob and the Hope
8pm to 8:30 pm break
8:30 pm to 10pm “Stiff Upper Lip” – AC/DC tribute band

Saturday afternoon will also include a Military Vehicles on display throughout Saturday; at 3pm the first annual FRIENDLY KIA TROLLEY PULL sponsored by Smith Collision Solutions, a friendly competition among teams competing for the First Place trophy, cash award and bragging rights. The five-man or six-woman teams will compete for the fastest time literally pulling the Friendly KIA Trolley across the finish line.

On Sunday, November 11 the event continues at the park from 12 noon with the return of the 2nd Annual Veterans Day parade starting at 3pm at Gulf Drive and Grand Boulevard. The parade route follows that of the other two city parades, traveling north on Grand Boulevard then around to Orange Lake to Sims Park.

Immediately following the parade in Sims Park will be a live concert with Keni Thomas and his band CornBread. Ken is an American country music singer and United States Army Ranger. Thomas was a member of Task Force Ranger as a part of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, and served in the Battle of Mogadishu. Thomas is a motivational speaker drawing from this experience as a US Ranger.

As a country singer, Thomas has recorded several independently released albums. Two singles, from the album Flags of Our Fathers: A Soldier’s Story charted on the Billboard country music charts. The concert will not be one to miss. ( following the concert will be the 4th annual Veterans Day Boxing Throw Down

Tremendous thanks goes to all sponsors and especially the CORPS sponsor, John Gilliss of Friendly KIA. Gilliss is a staunch supporter of the community, his City and Veterans.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 727.939.8387 or visit the website at


Sims Park
6341 Bank Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652 United States
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