JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Members of the public are invited to the 2011 “Freedom Fest” at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Monday, July 4, from noon- 11:30 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 – visiting vehicles must enter the base via Interstate 5, exit 119 and all passengers age 16 and older must bring photo ID (see details, below).
All-day attractions include a fairway with carnival rides, “fair food,” and other concessions, “Kids World” activities, “Classy Chassis” car show, jugglers, stilt-walkers and other roving performers, a puppet performance, and live music.
At 6:30 p.m., the USO presents actor-musician Gary Sinise (CSI-NY, Forest Gump) and the Lt. Dan Band at Memorial Stadium, followed by the Salute to the Union ceremony at 8:30 p.m. and the fireworks display.
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 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.