By Kathleen Merryman
The News Tribune
Freedom Fair is free. That’s non-negotiable. It is one of the Tacoma festival’s founding values, and a reason it has become one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations in the nation.
The festival, air show and fireworks draw about 100,000 people to Ruston Way’s waterfront every July 4, and most of us just waltz right in, happy that someone else is paying for our fun.