Public invited to attend “Freedom Fest” at Joint Base Lewis-McChord July 4


JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Members of the general public are invited to attend the 2015 Firework flag“Freedom Fest” at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Saturday, July 4, from noon- 10 p.m. at Cowan and Memorial Stadiums on JBLM Lewis-Main.

Admission to this annual event is free and open to members of the public. Gates open at noon to Freedom Fest attendees – visitors should bring photo ID and vehicles must enter the base via Interstate 5, exit 119 (see details, below).

All-day attractions include a midway with carnival rides, “fair food,” and other concessions, “Kids World” activities, “Classy Chassis” car show, jugglers, stilt-walkers and other roving performers, and live music. Scheduled performers include rising Country Music singer-guitarist Frankie Ballard and local Seattle tribute band Spike and the Impalers.

The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. To see a complete list of scheduled events and additional information visit

Installation access instructions:

Members of the public who do not have a vehicle registered for base access should take I-5 to exit 119, and enter at the DuPont Gate (military ID card holders with installation access privileges may enter at other gates. Parking is first-come first-served, and carpooling is encouraged when possible).

Drivers should bring a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. Passengers age 16 and older must bring a state or federal government issued photo ID to be admitted onto the installation.

Security staff will direct visiting vehicles to a satellite parking area, where shuttle buses will provide transportation to the stadium.

All visitors to the installation are subject to search, as are vehicles, purses, backpacks, and other hand-carried items entering the base. Weapons, glass bottles, fireworks of all kinds, and pets will not be permitted on the festival grounds (medical alert and medical assistance animals are permitted). Marijuana is illegal on JBLM.

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