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2014 July 4 Freedom Fest at the NIM

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

FreedomFest, the National Infantry Museum's second annual community-wide IndependenceDay celebration, to be held at the museum on Friday, July 4, 2014.

Thecelebration will feature festival favorites and new attractions, too. Thepopular Silver Wings Parachute Demonstration Team will drop in to the paradefield behind the museum at 2:30 p.m. Expert jumpers will be on hand afterwardto talk with festival-goers.

Therewill be a Pint-Sized Patriots Parade down Heritage Walk beginning at 2 p.m.Kids up to age 12 should dress up in red, white and blue to look theirpatriotic best. Bikes, trikes, scooters and wagons decorated with signs andstreamers make great ‘floats' for this parade! The most creative and patrioticentries will win prizes. Parents, you can start registering your kids for theparade at noon near the museum's rotunda.

Re-enactorswill fire a large Civil War era cannon every hour throughout the day, and willperform black powder musket drills until 1:30 p.m. Parked in front of themuseum will be a much more modern instrument of warfare: a M1128 Mobile Gun System, aneight-wheeled armored fighting vehicle.

TheManeuver Center of Excellence's popular concert band will kick off theactivities at 11 a.m. The Krissy Andrews Band performs at 3 p.m., and theOneeders take the stage at 4:45 p.m.

Allday, kids will enjoy bounce houses, face and hair painting, and balloonanimals. Parents will want to get free ID kits for their children through theGaCHIP program.

World War II Company Street will be openfor self-guided tours between 11a.m. and 3 p.m. The Vietnam Wall and theMemorial Walk of Honor will be open all day.

TheIMAX Theatre will be the perfect place to cool off, with alternating screeningsof D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 and We the People. The NIM SIM CombatSimulators are offering a buy-one-get-one deal if you give them the secret wordyou hear on Sunny 100 during the radio station's live remote broadcast 11 a.m.– 1 p.m.

Visitorscan purchase ice cream, barbecue plates, chicken sandwiches, funnel cakes, hotdogs, hamburgers, pretzels, beer, frozen mocktails and soft drinks from ourvendors. The Fife and Drum restaurant and the IMAX concessions stand will beopen for diners who'd rather stay indoors.

TheNational Infantry Foundation's Premier Partners – Aflac, Amos-Cheves Foundation,Global Payments, Rivertown Auto Mall, TSYS, W.C. Bradley Co., Hughston Clinic, St.Francis Hospital and Wells Fargo – are the event's sponsors. WTVM and the ClearChannel family of radio stations are the event's Media Sponsors. The June 29edition of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer will include a section promoting theevent, along with a map showing where each of the events will be held.

Themuseum's activities will end at 6 p.m. Visitors can then head to Phenix Cityfor a concert in the amphitheater and fireworks following at dark.

Admissionto Freedom Fest is free. A donation of $5 per person is requested at the door. Therewill be nominal costs for the IMAX Theatre, combat simulators, and food anddrinks. The National Infantry Foundation relies on these attractions and donationsto operate the museum and preserve the artifacts that tell the heroic story ofthe American Infantryman.

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