Freedom Fest will be held from 10a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be filled with music, kids’ activities, historical reenactments, food, and fun.
Admission to Freedom Fest is free. There will be nominal costs for the theater, food and drink. The National Infantry Foundation relies on donations to operate the museum and preserve the artifacts that tell the heroic story of the American Infantryman.
-Interactive demonstrations from the living historians at Historic Westville.
–Treadstone Climbing Gym is bringing a rock climbing wall suitable even for small children.
– Columbus Historical Reenactors Association will bring the cannon this year for live firings starting at 11am. The National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus will set up a Civil War era campsite. Additional living historians will set up displays inside the museum to allow visitors to touch and learn about both weapons and household items used in our country’s early years.
-All day, kids will enjoy bounce houses, face and hair painting, balloon animals and Superheroes.
-Youngsters are invited to dress up their bicycles, tricycles, strollers and wagons – and themselves! – for the Muscogee Moms Pint-Sized Patriots Parade down Heritage Walk at noon. Register onsite the day of the event at 10:30am at the courtyard entrance. Ages 12 and under.
-At the end of the parade, eyes will turn to the skies as the Silver Wings parachute team jumps onto Inouye Field at 12:30pm to deliver a copy of the Declaration of Independence.
–Live bands will perform throughout the day just outside the museum’s rotunda. Large tents will provide seating and shelter from the sun.
–The Giant Screen Theater will be the perfect place to cool off, with free kids movies playing at 11am and 2pm.
–Vendors will sell ice cream, barbecue plates, chicken sandwiches, funnel cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers, beer, frozen mocktails and soft drinks. The Fife and Drum Restaurant and Bar as well as the Rally Point Canteen concessions stand will be open for diners who’d rather stay indoors.
The museum’s activities will end at 5 p.m. Festival-goers will be encouraged to head to uptown Columbus or Phenix City for a concert in the riverside amphitheater and fireworks at dark.