FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The 42nd annual Cruise Night will look like no other due to coronavirus health restrictions, the Greater Freeport Partnership says. The partnership says while they can’t fill Downtown Freeport with cars and car enthusiasts and maintain social distancing guidelines “we can still build a “cruise” that will engage community members and promote our beautiful city”.
This Saturday evening, August 15 car owners and spectators are encouraged to find their way along a three-mile stretch of city streets in Freeport to watch or drive the expanded cruise route from 7-8:30 pm. The exact map of the cruise route can be found at below, and at greaterfreeport.com/cruisenight.
However, the basic route follows Stephenson Street west out of downtown, Park Boulevard south, Empire Boulevard East, West Street North, and Lincoln Boulevard back to downtown.
The cruise route is an “open-route” and drivers must obey all established traffic laws, signals and signs as posted. Drivers can enter the route anywhere they choose and begin making laps. Signs will be placed around the cruise route to help direct cars who may not be familiar with the city.
Cruise Night initially started as a cruise event through Downtown Freeport where local car owners could show off their work.
This year’s cruise-only event will be a throwback to the original event when it was more about the “drive” than the “show”. In addition to regaining the roots of the event, this year’s cruise event will advocate for our cars and drivers to see the city and encourage them to stop at one of our fine local restaurants to eat before the cruise.
Cruise Night is hosted by the Greater Freeport Partnership to promote and showcase Freeport to residents and visitors.