A full evening of events is scheduled for this year's Freedom Festival on Thursday, July 4, at Simpson Park in Chillicothe.
The night begins with the national anthem at 6 p.m., next to Chilli Bay Water Park.
A number of businesses and groups will provide activities and entertainment. KCHI will furnish music, local 4-H groups will provide games for children, Xi Alpha Kappa will provide free face painting and glitter tattoos.
Food vendors include Hy-Vee, serving burgers, tenderloins, hot dogs and drinks; Carl Maasdam’s Food Both, serving onion blossoms, funnel cakes and lemon shake-ups; and Tsunami Snow, serving assorted flavors of Hawaiian shaved ice.
Freedom Festival attendees can register to a variety of prizes from local merchants. One of the prizes includes a CobraCo Hand Hammered Copper Fire Pit, courtesy of Midwest Suppliers Discount Store, a value of $319.
There is a fireworks display scheduled at dusk. Due to a burn ban last year because of excessive dry conditions, the fireworks and festival were cancelled.
Dan Leatherman, Chillicothe Freedom Festival chairperson, said success of this event could not accomplished without strong community support.
“I would like to thank everyone who donated money for the purchase of fireworks,” Leatherman said. “This includes the City of Chillicothe and many other Foundations and local businesses. I would also like to thank the Chillicothe Emergency Services/Fire Department, plus the Parks and Recreation Department and the Chillicothe Country Club.”