"UMass Dartmouth is pleased to join with the Bristol County Savings Bank to celebrate the American spirit with our community,'' UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack said. "The Freedom Festival is our opportunity to open our university grounds to families from across the region for a night of music and fun."
"Being a community bank, we're especially proud to partner with UMass Dartmouth once again and offer this fun, family-oriented event to the SouthCoast region," said Dennis Kelly, President of Bristol County Savings Bank. "The Freedom Festival is always a special evening which celebrates the area's community and national spirit, and the Bank is honored to do its part."
The fun begins at 6:15 p.m. with a concert by the Pop/Latin band Santa Mamba, followed by performances by Rock/Jazz/Zydeco oriented-Entrain at 7:45 p.m. and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet prior to the fireworks scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
In the event of rain, the concerts and fireworks will be held on Wednesday, July 6 at the same times.
A large turnout is expected. The campus will be open all day and guests are invited to arrive any time after 3 p.m. to find the best available seating. Visitors are encouraged to bring along picnic suppers, lawn chairs, bug spray and blankets to make themselves comfortable. Concession stands and vendors will also be selling a variety of foods and novelty products.
Traffic, public safety and parking plans are in place through the concerted efforts of university, local and state police. Vehicular access to campus will be closed when all on-campus parking spaces are filled and no later than 9 p.m. Parking will be banned along Old Westport Road throughout the evening.