Fort Bragg celebrates 4th of July with choreographed fireworks show
Posted July 4, 2016 2:18 p.m. EDT
Updated July 4, 2016 5:45 p.m. EDT
Fort Bragg, N.C. — Fort Bragg's annual 4th of July Celebration kicks off Monday afternoon with big musical acts, food and drinks, a flag ceremony and fireworks.
Since September 11, Fort Bragg has taken up various security measures on July 4 to keep visitors safe. This year, a perimeter placed around the main post parade field will require all to pass through metal detectors before entering the parade field to enjoy the festivities.
Based on the success of Sunday's first-ever major league baseball game at the base, event planners expect 40,000 people to attend tonight's Independence Day celebration.
A complete schedule of events can be found online, but some highlights of the afternoon and evening include concerts by Cheap Trick and Chris Stapleton, parachute free-fall demonstrations, a "kiddieland," performances by the 82nd Division All American Chorus and more.
The grand finale of the event will be the 18 minutes-long fireworks show, which is sounded off by the firing of the base's 105 millimeter cannons just before 10 p.m. and choreographed to music.
Admission to Fort Bragg's July 4th Celebration is free, and all festivities are open to the public.