FORT LEWIS, Wash. — Fort Lewis invites the public to celebrate Independence Day at the 2008 Freedom Fest, to be held Friday, July 4 at Cowan Stadium.
The event kicks off bright and early, at 9 a.m., with the 5K & 7K “Down & Dirty” Mud Run at Soldiers Field House, and a Rugby Tournament at Watkins Field.
Carnival rides and vendor booths offering fair food of every flavor will open at 10 a.m. and stay open all day. Roving acts performing throughout the festival area will include stilt walkers, a clown, a magician, jugglers, mime, and a human statue act.
Other special events include a car show at 10 a.m. in Memorial Stadium, an Army vs. Navy Soccer match at Cowan Stadium at noon, and the first-ever Fort Lewis “Red, White and Tattooed” competition at the Carey Theater, at 2 p.m.
Also appearing all day long will be children’s entertainment on the “Kids World” stage and live music, in styles ranging from 50’s and 60’s hits to R&B and classic rock, on the festival’s Main Stage.
At 9 p.m., the Fort Lewis Salute to the Union ceremony will begin at Cowan Stadium, followed by the I Corps Army Band performance at 9:30. Fireworks will begin at dark, or approximately 10 p.m.- stadium seating should ensure everyone who attends will have “the best seat in the house.”
Members of the public who do not have a vehicle registered for installation access should take I-5 South to exit 119, and enter the installation at the Dupont Gate. Drivers should bring a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance, and passengers age 16 and older should bring photo ID. Installation security will direct the visitors to a satellite parking area, where shuttle buses will provide transportation to the festival site.