By Bridgett Siter, Directorate of Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation /
FORT BENNING, Ga. – I would argue that the annual Independence Day Celebration on Fort Benning is the single greatest event we host each year, although Oktoberfest makes it a close call.
From start to finish, with free entertainment and activities for the whole family, and a fireworks show that beats anything like it for 200 miles, no one does it better than Fort Benning.
This event is open to the public.
Those who do not have a military ID will find easy access at the I-185 entrance where a special lane will open at 3 p.m., June 24. Everyone in your vehicle 16 and older must have a photo identification.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and in addition to the traditional celebration, this year’s event will feature a two-day carnival.
The carnival on Gardner Field will include 20 rides for all ages. It will run from 4 – 10 p.m., June 23, and from 3 – 11:30 p.m., June 24, the day of the traditional celebration.
Join us from 3 p.m. to midnight on York Field June 24 for the free traditional event, which includes concerts, kids activities, high-speed covert military operations and demonstrations, and you’ll also have an opportunity to jump from a 34’ Airborne training tower on Eubanks Field.
Because safety is our top priority, guests will be required to enter through one of four checkpoints located near the event site.
All bags, purses, backpacks, and carried items will be thoroughly searched prior to being allowed entry to the event site. Guests are also subject to search before entry. Those who refuse to consent to this search will be denied entry to the event.
For a complete list of events and prohibited items, visit http://www.benning.armymwr.com.
Kristian Bush will headline the music celebration, Donovan Keith & The Funky Feat will be the opening act, and the MCoE Band will also perform.
The Silver Wings Parachute exhibition team will deliver the American flag, and the Rangers will conduct a high-speed insertion and extraction exercise from the air.
The celebration culminates with the largest fireworks show in the Chattahoochee Valley choreographed to a patriotic medley performed by the MCoE Band.
* 3‐10:30 p.m. – Refreshments, children’s activities
* 3-11:30 p.m. – Carnival open
* 4‐7 p.m. – 34’ jump towers
* 4:50‐6:10 p.m. – MCoE Band
* 6:10‐6:40 p.m. – Silver Wings parachute team demonstration
* 6:40-7:40 p.m. – Donovan Keith & The Funky Feat
* 7:40‐8 p.m. – Fries & Spies
* 8‐9:30 p.m. – Kristian Bush
* 9:50‐10:30 p.m. – MCoE Band Concert
* 10:30‐11 p.m. – Fireworks choreographed to MCoE Band music
We will announce the winner of the Kia Soul between 6 – 8 p.m. from the Ranger Joe’s concert stage June 24 on York Field. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.
Our friends at Columbus Kia Autosport will give that white 2017 Kia Soul, which is on display at Smith Fitness Center, to an active duty service member or the spouse of an active service member. Registration ends June 22, so don’t delay.
Register today at benning.armymwr.com.