Fort Rucker readying for Freedom Fest

Fort Rucker is gearing up for its 2017 Freedom Fest, where military and civilians alike can enjoy music, food and games on post.

The festival will be held on Friday, June 30, 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 p.m. - Tribute to Fallen Heroes

7:20 – 8 p.m. - Maneuver Center of Excellence Rock Band

8:10 – 9 p.m. - Maneuver Center of Excellence Band patriotic concert

9 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; the exception is service dogs.

• 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

• The Visitor Control Centers will not be open on June 30, the day of Freedom Fest. Please plan accordingly.

• 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.

• Our 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. Visitor's badges may be issued for up to six months.

• 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. For more information on obtaining a visitor’s badge, visit www.rucker.army.mil/visit.

Inclement weather

If there is lightening, attendees are asked to go to their cars and tune to Fort Rucker radio station 1640 AM or listen to the PA system for more guidance.

If there is a heavy rain, the concert will be moved into the post theater. If the weather lifts, the fireworks will go on as scheduled.

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