Freedom Fest, other 4th of July festivities planned

Volunteers help make events a success

Volunteers are the key to 4th of July success

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Families can celebrate the 4th of July together at several events in the area.

One of the biggest Independence Day celebrations is Freedom Fest at the National Infantry Museum.

It will be on Saturday, July 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There will be bouncy castles, live music, food vendors and much more. In fact, a live cannon will be fired every hour on the hour.

Vickie Benton of the National Infantry Foundation said folks need to bring their appetite.

“We’ll have anything from funnel cakes to barbecue,German food, tacos, shaved ice, chicken sandwiches, cookies,” Benton said. “You want it, we have it.”

Kids and history buffs will get a kick out of meeting soldiers from the Civil War, who said wearing those wool uniforms in the Georgia heat is worth it.

“I love history,” said volunteer Timothy Robinson, who is also a captain in the Army. “I also love telling people about history and so when people get fascinated by it, it’s something new. It always gives me a little bit of fulfillment that I’m educating people about the little things,” he said.

Benton explained why she and the volunteers do what they do in order to make the event a success year after year.

“This is our appreciation to the community for thanking them for coming and supporting us,” Benton said.

About 7,500 people attended Freedom Last last year. Benton expects about 10,000 people this year.

Nationally, there have been heightened concerns about security and safety at July 4th celebrations.

Steps have been taken to ensure Freedom Fest is safe.

“We have added security,” Benton said. “We have a lot of security that you probably won’t see. We are checking bags. We’ve taken great measures to ensure that it stays safe.”

Admission is free, but people will have to pay for food and drinks, the IMAX theater and the combat simulators.

This is the third year the museum has hosted Freedom Fest for the community.

Here are some other events taking place this holiday weekend:

Phenix City: July 4th Concert and Fireworks Show. Please join us as we welcome MOORE along with their special guests: Nadine Coker, Brad and Lisa Williams, Jonny Hale, and Corner Worship. They are bringing an amazing worship and praise experience to The Phenix City Amphitheater. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. eastern time and conclude with a fabulous fireworks show over the beautiful Chattahoochee River at 9:30 sharp. Admission is FREE.

Pine Mountain – Callaway Gardens will host several events in celebration of Fourth of July. Friday will feature the acrobatics of the Florida State University Flying High Circus performers at 6 p.m. at Robin Lake Beach. During the day, DJ Mikey J will offer music noon–5 p.m. for beachgoers. Live music by the Barstool Prophets – a blues, soul, funk and rock ‘n’ roll band from LaGrange – will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday will be the Independence Day celebrations and All American Fun. Robin Lake Beach will open at 7 a.m.; DJ Mikey J will play music noon–5 p.m.; the Florida State University Flying High Circus will perform 3:30 p.m. on the beach and 6 p.m. in the circus tent; and dancing to the classic beach music of the Swinging’ Medallions, part of Callaway Gardens’ Independence Day tradition, will begin at 7 p.m. The patriotic fireworks finale will shoot off about 9:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Auburn: Celebrate our nation’s birthday with Auburn Parks and Recreation Saturday, July 4th behind the home side of Duck Samford Stadium!  Bring the whole family for the best Independence Day Celebration in the Auburn Area. Gates open at 6 p.m. with live music beginning at 7p.m. and followed by a fantastic fireworks show starting at 9 p.m. Residents can enjoy delicious food from local vendors, door prizes and giveaways! The Fourth of July Celebration is FREE to the public. Parking will be available at the lot off of E. University Drive, next to the Old Duck Fields. The parking lot off of Airport Road, between the Bo Cavin Fields and the New Duck Fields, will be CLOSED to the public to accommodate the fireworks shoot site.

Click on the link for a comprehensive list of 4th of July celebrations all across Georgia: http://www.americantowns.com/ga/features/4th-of-july-2015-fireworks-parades

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