Fourth of July Spirit of Freedom Festival May See Changes

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Every year, Shoals residents attend the Spirit of Freedom festival at Mcfarland Park. Residents might notice something different this year.

Festival organizers plan to sell beer this year. Organizers said they are planning to apply for an alcohol license to sell beer. In order for beer to be sold at the festival, the alcohol license must be approved by the city.

Parent Mindy Fugate said she’s not bothered by the change and believes it might be beneficial for the festival organizers.

“I think it’s alright because they’re bringing more people in. More money for them, because they’re doing it to help people out and just to have a good time,” said Fugate.

Debbie Wilson works with the Florence – Lauderdale Tourism Office. She helps promote the event and said selling beer could create an economical boost for the festival.

“It’s just an economic fact of life. You need sponsors for these types of events. Often times, the beer and beverage industry are closely associated with concerts. This event is basically a day long concert with a lot of different bands,” said Wilson.

Wilson said organizers still plan to keep the festival family friendly.

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