COSHOCTON -- July 4 is quickly approaching, and the Coshocton Towne Centre is planning a day full of patriotic fun with the July 4th Freedom Festival at the Coshocton Fairgrounds. Along with the traditional entertainment, vendors, and fireworks, the day's line-up will include some exciting new additions.

The schedule of events will kick off when the gates open at 1 p.m. The Patriotic Talent Show that will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Each entrant will be asked to perform a talent that includes patriotism.

At 3 p.m., kite demonstrations from "The Kite Man" will take place, with the first 100 visitors receiving kites that they will decorate and learn to fly. This fascinating addition to the July 4th celebration will not only bring back memories of a beloved past time, but introduce youngsters to the joys of flying kites.

Also new this year for the young and the young at heart will be carnival games from 2 to 10 p.m., including Fuze Fishing Game, Tin Pan Alley, Ring Toss, and more.

The annual "I Pledge" event sponsored by Miller Pharmacy will take place from 4 to 8 p.m., and give children 12 and under the opportunity to recite the "Pledge of Allegiance." Each participant will receive a flag and a coupon for a free ice cream cone.

Crafts and Kids sponsored by the Pomerene Center will take place from 4 to 6 p.m.

Featured vendors available throughout the day will include local favorites along with the addition of mouth-watering ribs.

The evening of live entertainment will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with a Patriotic Tribute, a variety of vocal performers and introduction of visiting royalty. Mike Albert will take the stage from 8:30 to 9:45 p.m., followed by the fantastic fireworks display at 10 p.m.