Press Release!

We are very sorry to announce that the Champaign County Freedom Celebration (CCFC) will be cancelled for this year. This includes the parade, 5k race, and fireworks. The CCFC board waited as long as possible to make this decision but the recent announcement from the University of Illinois ( to cancel all summer events until further notice prompted this decision. The Champaign County Freedom Celebration started in 1949, and could not happen without the support of our community, including the University of Illinois, City of Urbana, City of Champaign, all local police departments, fire departments, public works, corporate sponsors, and support from citizens like you. As our country goes through this unprecedented crisis, we know that everyone looks forward to gathering together to celebrate our great nation. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you all on July 4th, 2021. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us at

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Each year, the Champaign County Freedom Celebration, made up entirely of volunteers, sets out to host a celebration of our American heritage. We are funded entirely through donations. The Committee receives no funding from any governmental bodies. Only donations from people like you and sponsorships from area businesses make this celebration possible!

Since it's inception some sixty-nine years ago, the celebration has grown in size and popularity. Featuring one of the largest and most entertaining parades in the area and the biggest fireworks show for miles around, the Champaign County Freedom Celebration strives to put on a truly great and memorable show. But we can't do it without your help! The celebration typically costs around $100,000 to present.

As our event is supported by donations, we are an IRS 501 (c)(3) organization – so your donation or sponsorship is entirely tax deductible.  Sponsorships are recognized through our advertising - website, newspaper, as well as promotions through our publicity events. The money raised this year will go towards funding next years show.

Please donate today by using the donation options on the right side of the page and contributing using your Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or by mailing your tax deductible donation to:

Champaign County Freedom Celebration

P.O. Box 452

Champaign, IL 61824-0452

Thank you for your continued support!

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Champaign County Freedom Celebration | PO Box 452 | Champaign, IL 61824-0452
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