Fort Rucker ready for Freedom Fest

Fort Rucker is gearing up for its 2019 Freedom Fest, where military and civilians alike can enjoy music, food and games on post.

The festival will be held on Wednesday, July 3, from 4-10 p.m. at the Fort Rucker Festival Fields at the corner of Andrews and Division Streets. It is free and open to the public.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band.

Schedule of Events

Vendor Field

4-10 p.m. - Food and craft vendors open

4-10 p.m. - Rides operation (fees vary, some activities may close early)

Kids Fun Zone

4-9 p.m. - Kids Confidence Course (free)

4-9 p.m. - Inflatable Fun World (fees apply)

Main Stage Field

7 p.m. - Opening Remarks

7 p.m. - Historic and national colors posted, national anthem

7:10 p.m. - Commanding general’s welcome

7:15 – 8 p.m. - Tribute to Wounded Warriors

8 – 8:10 p.m. - Intermission

8:10 – 9 p.m. - Maneuver Center of Excellence Band second set

9 – 9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

Prohibited Items

• Cell phone use is prohibited when operating a vehicle on post without the use of a hands-free device. Drivers must safely exit the roadway to a hard stand area to use the cell phone if driving without a hands-free device.

• No coolers, tote bags, backpacks or containers are allowed on the grounds except for medical and baby care items.

• Fireworks of any kind are prohibited on post.

• Glass containers are prohibited at the event.

• Pets are not allowed due to safety concerns. All service dogs must be clearly marked on their harness or collar. If animals are not properly marked, owners will be asked to take their dog home.

• Weapons of any kind, including guns, knives, mace and "pepper spray," are prohibited.

• No roller blades, bicycles, skateboards or scooters are allowed at the event.

Visitor Access Policy

• Unescorted visitors planning to attend Freedom Fest must obtain a visitor's badge from the Daleville or Ozark Visitor Control Centers (VCC) or be escorted on post by an authorized escort.

• The current access policy permits anyone with a valid Common Access Card (CAC), Retiree ID, Military Dependent ID, DA Form 1602 Civilian ID card, or any other U.S. Government issued personal identity verification (PIV) credential to access Fort Rucker without a visitor's badge.

• Of these groups, only active duty and retired U.S. service members and their dependents (18 and older), and DA civilians with a valid DOD-issued ID card may escort un-vetted visitors. Those who escort visitors are vouching for their guests and must escort them everywhere while on post.

• VCCs are located at the Daleville or Ozark gates. The Daleville Gate VCC is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Sunday. The Ozark Gate VCC is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

• To obtain a visitor's badge, a person will need a valid government-issued identification with a picture, such as a driver's license, state-issued ID, or passport.

• When accessing Fort Rucker, visitors must present a visitor's badge and a valid government-issued picture identification card in order to access Fort Rucker.

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