Oxford kicks off Freedom Festival

The Michelle Robinson Band performed on Saturday, July 1.

The City of Oxford kicked off its annual Freedom Festival activities with a parade and concert on Saturday, July 1, in the uptown area. The event is hosted by Enjoy Oxford.  

The Independence Day celebration will resume on Monday, July 3, with the Oxford Freedom Festival held at the Oxford Community Park from 5-10 p.m., concluding with a fireworks display starting at 10 p.m. 

Photos by Deron Newman

Saturday’s activities kicked off with the Oxford Community Band who performed prior to the start of the parade. The parade included several different businesses, groups and organizations decorated and dressed in red, white and blue. 


  Following the parade, the Oxford Concert Series presented Nashville recording artists The Michelle Robinson Band. Robinson is originally from Cincinnati. 


The evening was made possible by the following sponsors: Lions Club of Oxford, Kiwanis Club of Oxford, Oxford Veterinary Hospital, and MUCFCU. 

Oxford Freedom Festival 

Where: The Oxford Community Park (6801 Fairfield Rd) 

Activities: axe throwing, horse carriage rides, inflatables, face painting, balloon artist, gaga pit, and giant games. 

Entertainment: live band. 

Food: LaRosa’s, Charcuterie, Kettle Corn, Funnel Cakes, and Hometown Swirls Ice Cream. 

And an all-new beer garden! 

Fireworks: 10:00 p.m, 4x the fireworks from 2022! 

Parking: $5 charge per vehicle at Oxford Community Park 

Uptown Concert Series 

The Uptown Oxford Concert Series resumes next week with its usual Thursday evening performance. The July schedule is as follows: 

July 6th – Mark Joshua – Joshua is a Filipino-American singer/songwriter from Cincinnati. Mark has been writing original songs for 13+ years and performing live for 12+ years. He has released three EPs, the latest titled Sedated, and has co-written songs with other artists as well. Mark’s influence ranges from country/folk to pop and R&B. 

July 13th – John Kogge and the Lonesome Strangers are a folk band. Their bluesy, Americana sound is inspired by musicians like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. T 

July 20th – DAT Band 

July 27th – Lisa Biales