John Bauer was in town from St. Louis on Saturday when he saw the festivities at Whitehouse City Park and decided to check it out.
"We have our grandchildren graduating this weekend and decided to stop by after seeing it on the road," Bauer said. "It's good you get to see all the community come together; everyone is so friendly."
He joined hundreds of others who attended Whitehouse's Freedom in the Park, which featured a car show, water play at the splash park, and food, vendor and activity booths.
Amanda Folmar, of Flint, and Farrah Fasang, of Whitehouse, brought their 4-year-olds to the park for the activities, which included booths featuring archery, fishing, basketball and a beanbag toss. The prizes and candy accompanying the booths also were a hit among the younger crowd.
Other booths were educational, such as one featuring reptiles from a local store and one operated by Crossroads Church, which recently entered into a contract to manage the city's recreation center.
"I think people have really good responses for what we’re doing at the booth," said Anthony Johnson, who was at The Rec booth. "We are getting to meet and talk with people from all over and it's a lot of fun for the community."