The Fourth of July is a time to remember America's great history. It's a time to celebrate her victories, toast her potential and raise a flag for the freedom she offers to millions.
While the country at large takes its observation of Independence Day very seriously — over 84% of Americans celebrate it — there's something special about the Fourth of July at the largest military base in the United States.
Somewhat limited by health code restrictions in 2021, this year's Fourth of July Celebration on Ft. Bragg is back and better than ever.
The celebration begins at 3 p.m. on July 4 at Fort Bragg's Parade Field.
Attendees can look forward to the return of Kiddie Land, open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and "tent city," where guests can rent space for their family and friends to enjoy the festivities in the shade.
Guests will also be treated to a few new additions to this year's celebration.
"The beer garden is a new addition to the field this year," said Jennifer Fayson, Special Events Coordinator for Fort Bragg's Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation. "We are excited to be able to offer craft beer at this location. It is in a ticketed area and the only location on the field that will have craft beers available."
Access to this area will cost $15 per patron, including a beer flight with additional craft beer available for $6 a can. Day of access ticket purchase is $20 and $8 a can. Also available will be a walk-up site where individual beers will be available for sale at $8 a can.
As an added enticement, guests can now bring their own food, non-alcoholic drinks and ice. Pets, glass bottles and grills are not allowed.
This year's entertainment will feature Nashville recording artist Chris Moreno from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. and headliner Walker Hayes starting at 8:30 p.m. Both Moreno and Hayes are thrilled to play for Fort Bragg's troops, according to Sharilyn Wells, a Fort Bragg spokesperson.
While this event is open to the public, non-DoD cardholders are encouraged to grab a 30-day pass at the All American Visitor Center before the event to avoid delays at the gate on the day of.
Four gates will be open for public entry on the day of the event: All American, Longstreet, Chicken and Randolph.
The night will conclude with a fabulous fireworks display at 9:45 p.m., which Wells admits is her favorite part of the celebration.
"I always look forward to the fireworks display on Fort Bragg. This year it will be eighteen minutes long, and I know it will be a continuous stream of glitter in the sky as it always is. It has got to be one of the best shows around."
Wells and Fayson both expressed their joy at bringing high-caliber opportunities to such a deserving group of men and women.
"Fort Bragg strives to bring the best entertainment and events to our service members and their families; the cherry on top is the ability to share in the celebrations and festivities with our surrounding community," Wells said.
To secure a visitor's pass, non-DoD cardholders should report to the All American Visitor Center at 3550 All American Fwy, Fort Bragg.
For information about the event, visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/calendar/event/july-4th-celebration/5446931/23521. For more information regarding the Beer Garden, visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/happenings/craft-beer-garden.