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Freeport Cruise Night returns to Downtown Freeport and extended cruise route

Freeport Cruise Night returns to Downtown Freeport and extended cruise route
August 4, 2021 Nicole

Freeport – Freeport Cruise Night returns to Downtown Freeport on Saturday, August 14 from 4-9 pm attracting car enthusiasts, families and guests from around the region for a fantastic event.

The event begins with the car show, commercial vendors and food vendors at 4 pm. Cars are displayed in the municipal lot along Douglas Street, east lot at the corner of Adams and Stephenson Street and additional parking on Stephenson Street. The Beaux band will perform on the Freeport Arts Plaza stage from 6-9 pm.

Reserved parking spaces are still available for the east lot for $12 and can be purchased online at Parking spots will also be for sale the day of the event for $10 on a first-come, first-served basis.

The contest area returns this year to its space on east Exchange Street. “The Art of Metal Shaping” demonstration will be hosted by Tailor Made Autoworks beginning at 5 pm, Muffler Rapping Contest hosted by Gary’s Collision Center starts at 6 pm, and the Burn-Out Contest hosted by Dan’s Rt. 66 Service begins at 7 pm. Register for the contests on site before each event begins.

As one of the original and remaining true “cruises,” the Freeport cruise will begin its extended route through Freeport at 7 pm.

“In response to COVID-19 restrictions last year, the route was expanded to allow for social distancing and the change was extremely well received by car owners and community members, said Brand Director Nicole Haas.

Due to this popular demand, the route circle will continue as driven last year as follows: from Downtown Freeport, cars drive west down Stephenson Street, south on Park Boulevard, east on Empire Street, north on Locust Street, east on Main Street and north on Van Buren to complete the route.

Drivers are encouraged to enter the cruise route at any point. Please obey all rules of the road. Spectators can view the cruise along any of these streets as well.

“Cruise Night has been a tradition in Freeport for more than 40 years and we are excited to welcome people back to the event this year. Downtown activities in the evening bring guests and visitors to view hundreds of beautiful cars, trucks and bikes with great food and live music. Then pick your spot along the cruise route and enjoy the rest of the show on a beautiful summer night, said Events Coordinator Katie Gentz.

For more information on Freeport Cruise Night, visit

Cruise Night is hosted and organized by the Greater Freeport Partnership along with other community events such as Music on Chicago and Pretzel City Brewfest. The Partnership is a collaboration of business, community, visitor and economic development services with the mission to drive economic growth for Freeport and Stephenson County.