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Independence Celebration

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  • Attendees with a DoD ID can bring 4 guests on June 26 to the Independence Celebration. Each non-DoD cardholder must go into the Lindsey Creek Visitor Control Center for screening and to receive a pass for the day/event. Each guest above the age of 18 must obtain a visitor pass.
  • No food or beverage vendors will be available.
    • Food and beverage vendors will not be available on York Field for the general public this year. We are encouraging the public to bring food and beverages (no glass).
    • Upon arrival, you may notice food and beverage vendors located in a fenced-off area on Gardner Field. To accommodate our training brigades on Fort Benning, and provide a safe environment for trainees, these vendors WILL NOT be accessible to the public. Uniformed Cadre and trainees will be the only ones with access to this area for food and beverage purchases.
    • Please plan to bring food and beverages for your family and friends for the duration of the Independence Celebration, so you can enjoy the exciting show we have lined up!
  • Patrons are encouraged to bring their own food and beverages and pack out all trash. Glass items are prohibited.
  • No kids activities or jumptower demonstrations will be available.
  • This event will feature a concert and fireworks show only.

Free Admission and Parking!

In a typical summer, we celebrate Independence Day a little early at Fort Benning. The annual Independence Celebration stands to celebrate our nations’ independence, and to provide Soldiers and their families a safe environment to consume music, fireworks show, and fun in the sun! 

This year’s Independence Celebration will be June 26 from 6:30 -11 p.m. (open to DoD cardholders ONLY) on York field on Eckel Avenue, in front of McGinnis-Wickam Hall.

Biggest Fireworks Show in the Chattahoochee Valley!

The 2021 Independence Celebration is a free admission event.   Attendees with a DoD ID can bring 4 guests on June 26 to the Independence Celebration. Each non-DoD cardholder must go into the Lindsey Creek Visitor Control Center for screening and to receive a pass for the day/event. Each guest above the age of 18 must obtain a visitor pass.  The event is held on York field on Eckel Avenue, in front of McGinnis Wickam Hall. Though the highlight of the annual Independence Celebration is the Columbus Airport Fireworks Show, you’ll also enjoy great music by Fitz & the Tantrums with an opening performance by Macy Kate, exciting military demonstrations and more.  

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Drone Show

Fort Benning MWR is excited to announce the first ever Drone Light Show on an Army installation! Verge Aero will be joining us at the annual Independence Celebration on June 26 for a performance like never before!

Drone Light Shows are performed by illuminated, synchronized, and choreographed groups of drones that arrange themselves into various aerial formations. With their super bright RGBW LED, the Verge Aero drones are visible for miles! Verge Aero is known for the drone show from President Biden’s victory celebration, and has worked with Coldplay, the Rolling Stones, the Olympics, and countless others.

Don’t miss out your chance to see history in the making – the first Drone Light Show on an Army Installation!

Drone Light Show Facts

  1. Verge Aero executed the drone show for President Biden’s victory celebration.

  2. Verge Aero passed the secret service encryption and security clearance.

  3. Verge Aero drones and software are USA made.

  4. No cameras on Verge Aero drones.

  5. U.S. Army and FAA approved.

  6. 140 drones, 400 feet off the ground, 300 feet away from crowd. Drones do not fly over the crowd.

Schedule of Events
6:30 p.m. General Public venue opens 
7:15 - 8:15 p.m. Opening Act: Macy Kate
8:15 - 8:55 p.m. Silver Wings Parachute Demonstration
8:55 - 9 p.m. CG remarks 
9 - 10:15 p.m.    Headliner: Fitz & The Tantrums
10:20 - 11 p.m.  Columbus Airport Fireworks Show & MCoE Band with Drone Light Show
Schedule subject to change

 

Field Layout

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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 terrill.n.alexander.naf@mail.mil today!

Thank you to this years sponsors:

  • Geico
  • Columbus Airport
  • Flint Energies
  • USAA
  • Bio Life Plasma Services
  • Aflac
  • Biodefense Technology
  • Century 21
  • First Command
  • Troops into Transportation
  • Jessica Taylor, Realtor
  • Loan Depot
FAQs

Gate access?  Attendees with a DoD ID can bring 4 guests on June 26 to the Independence Celebration. Each non-DoD cardholder must go into the Lindsey Creek Visitor Control Center for screening and to receive a pass for the day/event. Each guest above the age of 18 must obtain a visitor pass.

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.

Food and beverages available for purchase?  Food and beverage vendors will not be available on York Field for the general public this year. We are encouraging the public to bring food and beverages (no glass).

  • Upon arrival, you may notice food and beverage vendors located in a fenced-off area on Gardner Field. To accommodate our training brigades on Fort Benning, and provide a safe environment for trainees, these vendors WILL NOT be accessible to the public. Uniformed Cadre and trainees will be the only ones with access to this area for food and beverage purchases.
  • Please plan to bring food and beverages for your family and friends for the duration of the Independence Celebration, so you can enjoy the exciting show we have lined up!


Can we bring coolers/refreshments?  Coolers are allowed. Since there will be no food vendors available on York field, it is highly recommended that patrons bring their own food and beverages to last the duration of the event. No glass is permitted. All bags and coolers are subject to search by security personnel. Please pack out all of our trash and anything else you bring with you.

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

Will there be a shaded area?  There will be no shade tent provided this year. Patrons are welcome to sit under the trees around York Field, bring small canopies for designated areas or handheld umbrellas. 

Can we bring lawn chairs, blankets, canopies or grills?
Yes, bring your lawn chairs, blankets as there is no seating on the field.  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?
Rain date TBD.

 

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