Hundreds pour into Hoover Met for 'Freedom Fest'

People filled the seats at the Hoover Met Thursday night for Freedom Fest. (

This is the Hoover's first fireworks festival celebration and it was free for the entire family.

The wet weather didn't stop families and friends as they made their way inside the Hoover met Thursday evening. Hundreds showed up for the festivities of this year's first 'Freedom Fest'.

Mayor Gary Ivey says, "Hopefully, this will be the first of many." Ivey says the city has been planning the festival for roughly six months.

The event offered a little something for everyone. Live music, food, a car show and face painting. But some parents say the 'Fourth of July' is more than just fireworks and fun. "Just so that we can remember all those that have died and all those that have served," says Melodee Leon.

The stadium was also secure with more than 20 police officers standing guard. There are plans to have another 'Freedom Fest' next year.

Click here to view a slideshow of images from Freedom Fest 2013.