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. 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.
Volksmarch, Sports Events, Carnival Rides, Military History, Vehicle Displays, Live Entertainment
The 2017 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. At noon rugby fans can catch the Army vs. Navy match, at Cowan Stadium.
Most of the attractions will be located at or near 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.
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 entering 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 continue east 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 rides 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).