Hot rods, rat rods, street rods, muscle car, antiques, coupes, convertibles, sedans, trucks, motorcycles and station wagons will all be part of this year’s Cruise Night in downtown Freeport . Diverse car collectors from as many as five states will gather to display their special vehicle and gaze at everyone else’s. Cruise Night is a celebration of a less hectic time before cellphones, video games and social media.
Day of Event Schedule:
4-9 pm – Food Court and Family Fun Area
6-9 pm – Live Music
5 pm – Tailor Made Autoworks – The Art of Metal Shaping
6 pm – Gary’s Collision Center Muffler Rapping Contest
7 pm – Dan’s Route 66 Burnout Contest
7-9 pm – Cruising Downtown Freeport
In the 1950s and ’60s as cars became more accessible, and more powerful young people became mobile and they gathered downtown to hang out. Later in the night, the stoplights at each intersection downtown were put on a flash and so traffic didn’t have to stop and the cruising of the circuit began. In Freeport, 42 years ago a group of local car enthusiasts came together and created a car club called Freeport Street Machines and they would gather downtown to display their cars and hang out.
What they didn’t know is that their efforts would create the single biggest event in Freeport attracting more than 10,000 people on one evening all to celebrate cars. Cruise Night is more than the cars though. There is live music, food and most of all it is, a gathering of family and friends.
Expect to do some walking when you come down to Cruise Night and make sure you bring your camera and lawn chair for the Cruise. Cars will be on display in several lots and on city streets throughout the downtown area. Souvenir shirts and citywide 50/50 tickets will be on sale at the information booth. The event begins at 4 p.m., an hour earlier this year, with the opening of the food court so make sure you bring your appetite too. FHN is sponsoring the entertainment stage.
The family fun area is open from 4 to 7 p.m. which will feature blow-up entertainment for children. The Gary’s Collision & Customs Muffler rapping contest starts at 6 and Dan’s 66 burn-out contest at 7. These contests are a must see and hear! The cruising starts at 7 pm, heading east on Douglas, south on Adams, and west on Main and north on Van Buren back to Douglas.
Greater Freeport Partnership, along with a committee of volunteers, organize the event recruiting over 70 volunteers, obtaining sponsors, applying for permits and scheduling the evening events in the yearlong planning process. For more information on the event, go to www.greaterfreeport.com or call 815-233-6301 to volunteer.
2020 Thank you to our Cruise Night Sponsors
J.H Barkau & Sons Automobiles
Country Financial Doug Walker
Dan’s Route 66 Service
Freeport Public Library
Full Throttle Sports
Gary’s Collision Center
Mahoney & Mahoney
Skinners Auto Body
Tailor Made Autoworks
A review of 2019 Cruise Night photos below.