Independence Celebration

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Free Event, Open to the Public!

We never celebrate July 4th on the 4th of July, and we make no apologies. 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. Saturday, June 29 at 4pm.


NEW This year, civilians without a DoD ID or visitor's pass will enter Fort Benning through the Benning Road Gate, beginning at 3pm.  We encourage you to get a visitor's pass beginning one week prior to the event date at the Visitors Center located at the I-185 gate. 
Parking will be available in designated areas around McGinnis-Wickam Hall, at Smith Fitness Center, Bldg. 6 and near designated ranges along Dixie Road. 

 

 

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Fort Benning MWR is proud to announce that 7 time Grammy Award Winner Lady Antebellum will headline our Independence Celebration!

 

UPGRADE TODAY!

Upgrade your Independence Celebration experience and join us in The Freedom Club, Saturday June 29! Under the shade of a fan-cooled tent, for $75 per person this ticket gives you an exclusive seating area, dinner with two complimentary drink coupons (kids tickets receive 1 drink coupon), a cash bar, reserved parking and a private restroom! Reserve your space HERE

 

Biggest Fireworks Show in the Chattahoochee Valley!

The annual Independence Celebration is held 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. Though the highlight of the annual Independence Celebration is always the finale, the largest, grandest fireworks show in the Chattahoochee Valley, you’ll also enjoy great concerts, games, exciting shows and demonstrations and more.

 

Free Fun for the Whole Family!

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 and more of those crazy inflatable bounce houses than you can shake a stick at. All free!

 

Food and beverages will be available for purchase all throughout the event.

 

 

Get your tokens!

Food and beverages are 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 starting June 2, weekdays between 8 am-4:30 pm inside Building 228 on Kilgore Street. Return unused tokens there afterward for a refund.

Schedule of Events

4-11pm: Food and Beverages available 


4-10:30pm: Children's activities

 

4-6pm: 34 foot jump towers behind McGinnis Wickam Hall                                       on Eubanks Field


5:45pm: Music provided by the MCOE Band 


6:35pm: Silver Wings & FRIES & SPIES


7:05pm: Bailey Bryan


8:35pm: Lady Antebellum


10pm:  Fireworks with music provided by MCoE Band 

Vendor Information

For information about becoming a vendor at the Independence Celebration or any MWR event, call 706-545-8302 or 706-527-8349.

 

Stay tuned to this page for a list of vendors.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We appreciate our sponsors!

Ranger Joes, USAA, Synovus, OMNI Financial, Wells Fargo, Kia AutoSports CDL School, Faith Chapel, Texas Roadhouse, Moe's Southwest Grill! 

 

More than 35,000 people attended the 2018 Independence Celebration, making this event the single largest opportunity we offer our sponsors to reach the Fort Benning community. If you would like to learn more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities, call 706-545-4559 today!

 

 

FAQs

Gate access?
Get your visitor's pass 1 week prior to the event date. Late in getting your pass? Go through the Special Event Lane: Non-ID holders can go through the Benning Rd Gate to gain access. 

Where can I park? 
Parking will be available in designated areas around McGinnis-Wickam Hall, at Smith Fitness Center, Bldg. 6, and near designated ranges along Dixie Rd. 

Can we bring coolers/refreshments?
Coolers are allowed, but there will be plenty of food and beverage vendors available. No outside alcoholic beverages or glass is permitted. All bags and coolers are subject to search by security personnel. 

Can we bring pets?
No. For safety and sanitation reason, please leave your pets at home. Service dogs are permitted.

What are tokens for? I thought this was a free event.
Tokens are needed to pay for all food and beverages. Admission is free, as well as the entertainment, children's activities, fireworks and parking. MWR uses tokens at our large events to help speed up the process of ordering and paying for food and beverages. The vendors appreciate the ease of not having to make change. BUT don't wait in line. Pre-sale of tokens will begin June 12 at DFMWR Headquarters, Building 228 on Kilgore Street. A token trailer will be set-up at the event for the customer's convenience. $1 per token. Unused tokens can be exchanged for a full refund at the event, or Monday through Friday at MWR Headquarters, Building 228. 

Do I need cash to pay for tokens?
No, we can accept debit and credit cards.


Will there be an ATM available?
Yes, there is an ATM located in McGinnis-Wickam Hall and at Kinetic Credit Union.

What if I have tokens left at the end of the night?
You can return your tokens for a full refund at the token tent/trailer. OR you can come by DFMWR Headquarters, Building 228 on Kilgore Street Monday-Friday and receive a refund. OR save them for the next MWR event (Oktoberfest). 

Will there be a shaded area?
Yes, a large shade tent will be set-up with fans. 

Can we bring lawn chairs, blankets, and canopies?
Yes! Small canopies are allowed; they can be set up in the designated area, towards the back of the field. 

What if it rains?
The rain date for the FIREWORKS ONLY is the following day, June 30th. No vendors, entertainment, etc. will be set-up. Stay up to date on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/BenningFMWRfans

 

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