Vienna celebrates Independence Day

Freedom Festival draws in a crowd of community members

VIENNA — The Grand Central Mall parking lot and Spencer’s Landing in Vienna were packed full of people and fun all Saturday.

This year, the Friends of Vienna group set to work organizing the Freedom Festival.

The family friendly event was organized as an affordable way to bring the community together during the holiday weekend.

The festival had food trucks, an antique car show, carnival rides, live music and more activities for all ages to enjoy.

From 6-10 p.m. hot air balloon rides were offered for $10 a person.

The main act Saturday was Homefree, who performed from 8:30 to 10 p.m. and the evening wrapped up with a large firework production.

“I think this is something special for the city of Vienna and the Mid-Ohio Valley,” said Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp. “I also think it’s wonderful to put this event on for the first-time while the mall celebrates 50 years in the community.”

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