Joint Base Lewis-McCord to host Armed Forces Day community celebration Saturday, May 16

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA – Joint Base Lewis-McChord will open its gates to the public for the base’s annual Armed Forces Day celebration Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Guests without an installation access pass should enter JBLM Lewis Main via the DuPont Gate, Interstate 5, Exit 119. Due to security checks expect some delays when accessing the base.

The Armed Forces Day celebration offers members of the community an opportunity to join JBLM Service members in celebrating America’s history, our military heritage, and our continued commitment to serving our community. Gates open to the general public at 10 a.m.

Volksmarch, Sports Events, Carnival Rides, Military History, Vehicle Displays, Live Entertainment

The 2015 Armed Forces Day schedule begins early, with the Armed Forces Day Volksmarch and bicycle ride. Registration and walk or ride begins at 9 a.m. at Carey Theater.  Gates open to the general public at 10 a.m., just in time for rugby fans to catch the Army vs. Navy rugby match, at Cowan Stadium. Following the rugby match will be the JBLM Championship soccer match at 1 p.m.

Most of the attractions will be located at or near the Cowan and Memorial Stadiums. Attractions include: carnival rides, military history displays and reenactments, displays of military vehicles and equipment, live music and entertainment, a climbing wall, and craft and food vendors.

For more information about Armed Forces Day events, visit: http://www.jblmmwr.com/armedforcesday/

Access and Parking Information

Guests without an installation access pass should enter JBLM Lewis Main via the DuPont Gate. Due to security checks expect some delays when accessing the base. Take Interstate 5 to Exit 119. Northbound travelers should stay to the right as they exit the highway, southbound travelers should turn left as they exit the off-ramp and proceed eastbound across the overpass to enter the installation.

  • All vehicles entering the installation are subject to inspection
  • Drivers must present a valid license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance
  • Passengers age 16 and older must present a government-issued photo ID

Civilian vehicles that are selected for inspection will be directed to the inspection area. Vehicles cleared for entry to the base will be directed to a parking area for shuttle bus transport to and from the event site.

Visitors may not bring weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, fireworks, or pets onto the base. Marijuana is illegal on JBLM. Military ID-card holders may not bring any of these items to the event (medical alert and medical assistance animals are permitted).

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