Date: Jun 23 2018, 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
June 23 on York Field, Free and Open to the Public!
We never celebrate July 4th on the 4th of July, and we make no apologies for it. We host the annual Independence Celebration early for a variety of reasons but mostly because we know it’s important for our Soldiers to travel over the holiday to be with family and friends. You should never have to choose between our celebration and celebrating with the ones you love. You value your family; we value your priorities.
This year’s Independence Celebration will be 4-11pm June 23 on York and Gardner fields on Eckel Avenue, in front of McGinnis Wickam Hall. Admission is free, and this event is open to the public.
Three Big Concerts and a Fireworks Extravaganza!
Though the highlight of the annual Independence Celebration is always the finale, the largest, grandest fireworks show in the 100-year history of Fort Benning, you’ll also enjoy great concerts, featuring Flo Rida, Big & Rich (with Cowboy Troy,) 3 Doors Down, and the MCoE Band.
As always, the Silver Wings will conduct aerial demonstrations and Rangers will perform high-speed insertion and extraction operations via a rope and a helicopter, a thrilling show we call Fries & Spies. We will also offer guests the opportunity to jump from a 34’ Airborne Training Tower on Eubanks Field. This should be on your Fort Benning Bucket List.
Aside from the traditional games and a great variety of food, guests will enjoy crafts, a petting zoo – featuring the world’s largest horse! – and more of those crazy inflatable bounce houses than you can shake a stick at. All free! Let the kids jump till they puke, then send them back for more.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase all throughout the event. Our food vendors only accept tokens, which are $1 each. You will be refunded for unused tokens, so load up early and save yourself a return trip to the token trailer. You can also purchase ahead of time, weekdays between 8am-4:30pm in Building 228 on Kilgore Street, and return unused tokens there afterward for a refund.
Upgrade Your Experience!
SOLD OUT! The Centennial Club is sold out! Upgrade your experience when you join the Centennial Club at the Independence Celebration and enjoy the shade of a fan-cooled tent, an exclusive view of the concerts and fireworks, buffet dinner and cash bar, two complimentary drink coupons (kids tickets receive 1 drink coupon) reserved parking, a private restroom and a commemorative gift. The cost is $75 per person, $40 for ages 6 -12, and free for ages 5 and younger. Space is limited.
Win a Car!
Register today for a chance to win a free 2018 Kia Soul! You must be an active duty service member (or a dependent family member of an active duty service member, 18 or older) to win. The winner will be announced from the stage between 7-8pm during the event. (You must be present to win. MWR employees and their family members are not eligible.) The winner is responsible for taxes, title and associated fees.
We Appreciate our Sponsors!
Thank you to the folks who make it happen, including Kia AutoSport of Columbus,Ranger Joe's, IHG Abrams Hall, AFBN, USAA, Wells Fargo, Synovus, Benchmark Mortgage, Texas Roadhouse, Opelika FCJDR, Grainger, and Academy Sports and Outdoors. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, call 706-545-4559.
Schedule of events (all times are an approximation)
4-11pm: Food and beverages available
4-10:30pm: Children's activities
4-7pm: 34 foot jump towers behind McGinnis Wickam Hall on Eubanks Field
6:20pm: Silver Wings
6:35pm: FRIES & SPIES
7pm: Big &Rich
8:15pm: 3 Doors Down
9:20pm: Flo Rida
10:40pm: Fireworks with music provided by MCoE Band