Cedar Rapids, Iowa has a very well planned and executed summer celebration centered around the 4th of July holiday called the Freedom Festival. The Freedom Festival begins in the last half of June and runs thru the holiday. Once started, the festival has several events every day. Some events change year-to-year. Some events are popular enough to withstand the test of time and are perennial favorites. One of those favorites is the Balloon Glow held at Cedar Rapids’ own Brucemore Mansion. There is always a live local music performance, food vendors, and plenty of networking amongst the locals. Here are some of the shots I took that shows the magnitude of the crowd and the glowing event itself.