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Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Freedom Fest is July 4.

This year's Joint Base Lewis-McChord "Freedom Fest" celebration is 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. July 4 at Cowan and Memorial stadiums on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The fireworks display will start at 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the general public.

Freedom Fest offers fair food, the Classy Chassis Car Show, carnival rides, games, stage entertainment, Kids' World magic, games and kids' stage acts, sponsor booth giveaways, roving entertainers and more.

Eddie Montgomery, of the award-winning Montgomery Gentry band, is the Freedom Fest headliner. He's touring in honor of his duo partner, Troy Gentry, who died last September.

Main Stage Schedule

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The Beach Balls, a Beach Boys tribute band, will perform. From 1 to 2:30 p.m., Blues Power Revue, a 50s, 60s and Blues Brothers tribute band, will perform. From 3 to 4 p.m., Infinity Project, a Journey tribute band, will perform. From 5 to 6 p.m., Megs McLean, a country artist, will perform. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., Montgomery Gentry will hit the stage.

Salute to the Union begins at 8:30 p.m. in Cowan Stadium followed by an America's I Corps Band concert at 9 p.m. The fireworks display will begin around 10 p.m., or as soon as it's completely dark.

To see a complete list of scheduled events and additional information visit

Access and Parking Information

Visitors may not bring weapons, alcohol, glass bottles, illegal drugs, fireworks or pets onto the base or onto festival grounds. All visitors to JBLM are subject to search, as are vehicles, purses, backpacks and other hand-carried items entering the base. Medical alert and medical assistance animals are permitted. Marijuana is illegal on JBLM.

Non-Department of Defense visitors: Access JBLM via Interstate 5 Exit 119, and enter at the DuPont Gate. Drivers should have a valid driver's license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Passengers age 16 and older must bring a state or federal government issued photo ID to be admitted to the base. You will be directed to a satellite parking area, where shuttle buses will provide transportation to the stadium.

Military ID card holders with base access may enter at other gates. Parking is first-come, first-served and carpooling is encouraged when possible.

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