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Independence Celebration

Free Admission and Parking!

In a typical summer, we celebrate Independence Day a little early at Fort Benning. But due to the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had to reschedule our traditional festivities for a later date this year. Nonetheless, the annual Independence Celebration still stands to celebrate our nations’ independence, and to provide Soldiers and their families a safe environment to consume music, food, and fun in the sun!

This year’s Independence Celebration will be August 22 from 4-11pm (free admission) on York and Gardner fields on Eckel Avenue, in front of McGinnis-Wickam Hall.


Biggest Fireworks Show in the Chattahoochee Valley!

The annual Independence Celebration is a free admission event, held on York and Gardner fields on Eckel Avenue, in front of McGinnis Wickam Hall. 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. 

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Schedule of Events

This is a tentative schedule and it is subject to change without notice.

4-11pm: Food and Beverages available 

4-10:20pm: Children's activities

Fun Zone closes at 10:20pm.These activities close starting at 8:30pm: Airbrush Art, Arts and Crafts, Face Painting, Krazy Hair, Tattoos, Break-a-Plate, Gone Fishin', Kiddie Striker, Ring Toss, Darts, Flippin Chicken.


4-6:30pm: 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



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

More than 35,000 people attended the 2019 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, email today!




Gate access?
Get your visitor's pass 1 week prior to the event date, click here. 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 TBD at DFMWR Headquarters, Building 85 on Barron Avenue. 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 85. 

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 85 on Barron Avenue 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, canopies or grills?
Yes! Small canopies are allowed; they can be set up in the designated area, towards the back of the field. 

NO you may not bring grills. 

What if it rains?
The rain date for the FIREWORKS ONLY is the following day, August 23. No vendors, entertainment, etc. will be set-up. Stay up to date on our Facebook page


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