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Independence Celebration

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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, and fun in the sun! This year will be a little different, with masks being required while attending the event.

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 open to DoD cardholders ONLY, held on York field 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, exciting military demonstrations and more.  

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  • The 2021 Independence Celebration is open to DoD cardholders only (no trusted travelers).
  • No food or beverage vendors will be available.
  • 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 only.
Schedule of Events
6:30 p.m. General Public venue opens 
7:15 - 8:15 p.m. Opening Act
8:15 - 8:55 p.m. Silver Wings Parachute Demonstration
8:55 - 9 p.m. CG remarks 
9 - 10:15 p.m.    Headliner
10:20 - 11 p.m.  Fireworks & MCoE band
Schedule subject to change

 

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!

FAQs

Gate access?  This year due to COVID-19 restrictions, our Independence Celebration is only open to DoD ID Cardholders (no trusted travelers).

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

Can we bring coolers/refreshments?  Coolers are allowed. Since there will be no 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! 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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