America Be Strong Stage
Produced By La Stella Foundation

11:00 AM – Max Renshaw
12:30, 3:30, 5:30 & 7:00 PM – Vets Hot Dog Eating Contest (Stage B)
12:30 PM – LOLO7 Friends
4:00-5:30 PM – Star-Spangled Karaoke
6:00 PM – Rural Route 3
7:30 PM – AFI Pre-Show
8:00-10:00 PM – Armed Forces Icon
10:10-10:30 PM – Freedom Fair Fireworks – Synchronized to music on 98.5FM

“ARMED FORCES ICON,” returns this July 4th at the Tacoma Freedom Fair on the “America Be Strong Stage” at the Camp Patriot location. “THE NEXT BIG THING!"  In recent years we have seen a slew of music shows captivate viewers across the nation … shows like American Idol, The Voice, X Factor, America’s Got Talent and others.  In a similar vein, get ready for “ARMED FORCES ICON,”  a musical talent show which highlights the talents of our Veterans and men and women actively serving in our Nation’s Military. The show has a pretty straight forward concept … present 10 singers from the Armed Forces and our Veteran Community competing to be the ARMED FORCES ICON. A twist from the other musical talent shows. Produced by Internationally Acclaimed Singer & Recording Artist … Tony La Stella and co-produced by Dave Maestas' Maestro Strategic Solutions, a Veteran owned marketing company.

Join us for a Classic 4th of July OLD FASHIONED HOT DOG EATING CONTEST to celebrate the US Armed Forces at Camp Patriot on the “America Be Strong” at the Tacoma Freedom Fair. A fun time promised for all participants and fantastic entertainment for the audience. Great prizes for winners!


Get ready for a unique and entertaining show with DJ Leanna Mason in a singing contest where you are the star. With over 200,000 songs to choose from, this will be one fantastic time for all! Special prizes for the winners. Come down to Camp Patriot and join in the fun on the AMERICA BE STRONG Stage where You can be a Star and have a chance to Win a Great Prize!

Worthy Music Ministries Stage at Dickman Park

Dickman Mill Worthy Music Ministries

Worthy Music Ministries is excited as we continue our partnership with the Tacoma Events Commission, and it has been an honor to produce the Worthy Music Ministries’ Family Stage as part of Freedom Fair. Worthy Music Ministries was founded by Chuck and Linda Worthy and we are celebrating over 30 years of ministry and productions at large scale local, municipal and Faith Based venues.

Chuck and Linda will share the stage with a strong lineup of artists and bands, and are pleased to announce that Joe Nicholson’s JC Music Connection will be working alongside Worthy Music Ministries to bring out the very best talent in the Pacific Northwest. This power packed production will include international artist Toyin Adekale and the Talitha Voices Choir and more.

The Worthy Music Ministries’ Family Stage at Dickman Mill Park has been part of The Tacoma Events Commission’s Freedom Fair 4th of July Celebration since 2009 and will feature artists of all ages, genres, and ethnicities and is truly diverse. From Gospel to rock to classical, jazz, popular songs from the 70’s and 80’s, Caribbean Gospel, and more, this is one stage you will not want to miss. All songs are family friendly, so come prepared for the day to relax, celebrate our nation’s birth, and enjoy outstanding music while you wait for the fireworks.

Ram Bighorn Stage

12:00 PM  - Slim Wizzy

2:00 PM  - Michael Crain Band

4:00 PM - Fabulous Johnsons Featuring Spike O’Neill

6:00 PM - Sub Generation


12 pm  Slim Wizzy

Slim Wizzy is the newest and hottest Country, Blues and Rock band in the Northwest.   Slim Wizzy features three part harmony reminiscent of bands like Three Dog Night, The Beatles and Little Big Town and a rhythm section  with rocking lead guitar, slamming' bass grooves,  swinging keyboards and tight drum beats that will make you want to get up and dance!

2 pm  Michael Crain Band

Michael Crain Band makes a clean and professional sound regardless of whether they play songs by Elvis, Wilson Pickett, Los Lobos or play guitar instrumentals. Crain’s speaking voice has a smooth Texas drawl that you’d like to bottle up and save as flavoring for your morning coffee. As the band’s star vocalist, his singing of popular tunes is just as mesmerizing as the original singer for each song.

4 pm  Fabulous Johnsons Featuring Spike O’Neill

One of Seattle's top rockin' bands! This vibrant band has taken a stadium rock show to the club scene. Playing classics by Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Montrose, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Aerosmith and many others. This band has versatility, dynamics and virtuoso players with an ability to bring the house down. This group will really surprise you! Fabulous Johnsons power-trio consists of some of the top rock veterans in Seattle.

6 pm Sub Generation

Sub-Generation is the perfect cover band that embodies a generation. Not playing the mainstream hits, but the deeper tracks from the 90's and 2000's.


Mantra is the Northwest's Premier Tribute to the music of Carlos Santana.
Featuring Stevie Rosario on Guitar and a host of the most talented musicians in the Northwest, it's a total experience into one of the greatest guitarists and musicians of our era. Mantra plays music from the days of Woodstock, to some of Santana's most current works, Mantra releases the excitement and energy that is associated with Santana's music.

Katie Downs Stage
12:00 - 2:30 PM – U253 - U2 Tribute Band
3:00 - 5:30 PM – Blaze of Glory - Bon Jovi Tribute
6:00 - 8:30 PM – The Infinity Project - Journey Tribute Band

12:00 -2:30 PM – U253 - U2 Tribute Band

Based in the 253 area code, U253 is the Pacific Northwest’s premier U2 Tribute Band. As U2 fans, they take pride, care and detail in performing a U2 tribute show that pays tribute to the many great tours and music of U2. U253 performs the songs with passion and their performances take fans on an authentic U2 musical journey that is not to be missed.

3:00 - 5:30 PM – Blaze of Glory - Bon Jovi Tribute

Clint Eastwood with a guitar. That is what you get when Blaze of Glory takes the stage as the Northwest's premier Bon Jovi tribute band! Their authentic, high energy set spans the entire Bon Jovi catalog, from the 80's arena rockers to the gin-soaked acoustic faves Bon Jovi are known world wide.

6:00 - 8:30 PM – The Infinity Project - Journey Tribute Band

"Seattle’s only locally based Journey Tribute act, The Infinity Project, is a collection of long standing Seattle and L.A. musicians who have banded together to celebrate both the history and ongoing success of one of Rock ‘N Rolls greatest hit makers. Covering music from the bands conception straight through to recent hits and everything in between. Dedicated to bringing a high quality polished performance to the stage this is a show not to be missed. Whether you’re a long standing Journey fan or a new comer to their music there is something here for everyone. So join us for an evening of great memories and stellar hits."

Blues Stage - Next to the Lobster Shop

Noon-1:30 PM  Miranda Kitchpanich Band

2:00 – 3:30 PM Blinded by Color

4:00 – 5:30 PM Suite Clarity

6:00 – 8:00 PM Tim Hall Band

Miranda Kitchpanich with band "NMB3" 
Miranda Kitchpanich is a 16-year-old dynamic vocalist who has a deep love and passion for the blues. The Nick Mardon Blues Trio plays Texas Blues with influences from Psychedelic Rock to Jazz Fusion. NMB3 is fronted by Nick Mardon, a wildly talented 18-year-old guitarist. Miranda and Nick met at an open jam at the Easy Monkey Taphouse in Shoreline and have been jamming and playing music together every chance they can get since.


Blinded By Color is local to Tacoma, WA. Blinded By Color merges old school and new school with a fresh should that combines classic blues and rock with modern pop influences.


Suite Clarity is a blues rock band out of Tacoma, Washington, best known for their instrumental virtuosity and soaring female vocals. The combination of Aaron Corso on drums, Becca Rinks on bass, Chad Borcherding on keyboards, Anthony Corso on guitar, and McKinzie Malcolm on vocals makes for some unforgettable melodies and grooves. The band was formed in 2015 and has embarked upon multiple successful album releases and local and national tours. They pride themselves on skillfully combining elements of blues and rock with jazz, funk, and classical influences to create a truly unique experience.

6:00 - 8:00 PM - Tim Hall Band

Based out of the Pacific NW area the Tim Hall Band has played many clubs, concert halls & festivals with an endless repertoire of songs bridging the line between soul, funk, R&B & some smoking hot blues!

Performances can range from a power trio to a 7 piece band. The main rhythm section holding down the beat is Darrel Warren (DW) on drums & Terry Toporke on bass playing some funky grooves. If you are looking to get your sax on, we have several seasoned local musicians that add to the mix along with horns & percussion – depending on the venue.

Les Davis VIP Pier

Performs on Les Davis V.I.P Pier 5:00 – 10:00 PM

 Michael Hershman is an  accomplished musician who has performed the world over. His smooth melodies and tasteful sax , either solo or with  his group of consummate professionals, can provide the ambiance for any event. Whether  it's an Intimate Dinner Setting, a Lively Club Atmosphere or a Huge Arena, Michael Hershman has The Sound! Diverse shows features music from many of today's and yesterday's artists as well as his own original compositions.

East End of Marine Park

2:00-8:00 PM

Congo Productions Drum Circle

The Drum Circle was primarily formed to promote cultural awareness and an exchange of ideas. They perform at street fairs, festivals, coffee houses and schools; anywhere their message and their music will find the ears of the community. Their goal is to bring society’s people together to celebrate worldwide ethnic awareness. This group is part of the “The Drumming Outreach Project,” which aims to attract and integrate diverse cultural groups into a unique drumming experience. There will be a performance by the members of the group, as well as a chance for outside participation. Poets, performers, musicians and dancers are also invited to take part. The group was formed many years ago when its founders felt that there was very little minority representation of the arts. Willie “Congo” Carter, the founder of The Drum Circle believes that there is a lot of undiscovered talent in the area whose only hindrance is lack of motivation and confidence. Drum Circle endeavors to provide the atmosphere needed to gain these qualities. The Drum Circle and workshop is an all-day event. Take the time to come down and test your talent with the ultimate drumming experience.