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Independence Celebration

At Fort Moore, we celebrate Independence Day a little early! Our annual Independence Celebration, June 29, provides Soldiers, their families, and our surrounding community a safe environment to enjoy a free concert, children’s activities and a fantastic fireworks show! 

Modern Country artist Brett Young, headlining the free concert, is set to capture hearts with his “Caliville” style. Special guest Huntley, Season 24 winner of The Voice, will captivate the crowd with his style of Southern blues and rock paired with his commanding stage presence. Black Rhino Sound, the electrifying Texas DJ, will kick off the evening and energize the crowd.

The 2024 Fort Moore Independence Celebration, presented by Kia Autosport, will also include a Kids Zone sponsored by Headquarter Nissan, aerial demonstrations by the Silver Wings,  34-foot jump towers and a variety of food vendors.

The Maneuver Center of Excellence Band concludes the evening with a patriotic score choreographed to the Floor & Décor fireworks show.

The 2024 Fort Moore Independence Celebration starts at 4 p.m. on York & Gardner Fields, located on Eckel Avenue in front of McGinnis-Wickam Hall, Building 4. The public is invited to join our Soldiers and their families for a free concert, fireworks and more!

The Fort Moore 2024 Independence Celebration is presented by Kia Autosport and sponsored by Floor & Décor, Headquarter Nissan, the Gary Sinise Foundation, USAA, Goodwill, Rose Anne Erickson Realty, US Border Patrol, Flint Energies, East Alabama Chamber of Commerce, Alabama Institute For Behavioral Health and Research, Q107.3, Kissin 99.3, Boomer 102.5, 106.9 Rocks, Classic Rock 105.5 and 103.7 LITE FM. 

(Sponsorship does not imply endorsement).

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Meet the Artist

Modern Country artist Brett Young, headlining the free concert, is set to capture hearts with his “Caliville” style. Special guest Huntley, Season 24 winner of The Voice, will captivate the crowd with his style of Southern blues and rock paired with his commanding stage presence. Black Rhino Sound, the electrifying Texas DJ, returns again this year to kick off the evening and energize the crowd.

Winner of Season 24 of The Voice, Huntley gained mass recognition for his versatile style and command on stage. Compared to the likes of Chris Stapleton and Radiohead, Huntley’s polished performances garnered him as having performed on big stages his whole life. No stranger to the music grind, Huntley earned the crown and has continued to captivate fans and audiences. Huntley’s performance is best described by coach Niall Horan “…a machine on stage, it's insane.”

From his self-titled debut in 2017, Brett Young has captured the hearts of fans everywhere through his honest lyrics and West-Coast-meets-Southern sound, aptly dubbed “Caliville” style. Pairing an impressive string of seven #1 hits like “In Case You Didn’t Know,” “Mercy” and “Sleep Without You” with multiple hit albums defined by an undeniable romantic spark, he has cemented his status as a master of matters of the heart. Young was named ACM’s New Male Artist of the Year and ASCAP’s Country Songwriter-Artist of the Year in 2018.

Schedule of Events

4 p.m.

Venue OPENS to General Public on York Field & Gardner Field

 

Food trucks on York & Gardner Field are open

4 – 8:30 p.m.

34-foot jump towers are open

4 – 8:30 p.m.

Headquarter Nissan Fun Zone on Gardner Field

4:15 – 5:30 p.m.

DJ Black Rhino performs on stage on York Field

5:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks by CG

5:45 6:30 p.m.

Performance by Rolling Thunder, MCoE Rock Band

6:30 – 7 p.m.

Silver Wings demonstration

7 – 8 p.m.

Huntley performs

8:30 – 10 p.m.

Brett Young performs

10 p.m.

MCoE Band performance and Floor & Decor Fireworks Show

11 p.m.

Event concludes

Field Layout

2024 information coming soon!

Gate Access Information

This event is free and open to the public. If you don't have a Department of Defense (DoD) ID, you will need to be vetted. All non-DoD ID cardholding attendees 18 and older require vetting.

Here are the ways to be able to access the installation on the day of the event:

  1. PRE-VETTING: All non-DoD ID cardholding attendees 18 and older require vetting. You can request a pass online in advance at https://pass.aie.army.mil/?b=usa&i=moore&e=TC6VDG43
    • Once you're approved, you must pick up your visitor pass prior to the event, no later than midnight on June 28. Passes can be picked up at the Lindsey Creek Visitor Control Center located just prior to the Plumley Access Control Point on I-185. Each person that needs a pass will have to be present at pickup to verify their ID. Pre-vetted visitors with passes may use any gate on June 29 after 3:30 p.m. The event venue opens at 4 p.m.
  2. DAY-OF VETTING: Visitors who are not pre-vetted must use the Grange Access Control Point on Legacy Boulevard just past the National Infantry Museum on June 29 after 3:30 p.m. Everyone 18 and older will need to present a valid state or federal ID.
  3. TRUSTED TRAVELER: Visitors who arrive in the same vehicle driven by a DoD ID cardholder will NOT need to obtain a visitor pass; all passengers 18 and older will need to present a valid state or federal ID. 100% ID checks will be in effect at all gates on June 29.
Sponsorship Opportunities

More than 20,000 people attended the 2023 Independence Celebration, making this event the single largest opportunity we offer our sponsors to reach the Fort Moore community. If you would like to learn more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities, email chaiane.d.jackson.naf@army.mil today!

Vendor Prices - How Many Tokens Do I Need?

We will 50 different food vendors on the field with a variety of different foods. There is something for everyone! From Hawaiian, German Food, to good ole Southern fried chicken; Turkey Legs, Barbeque, Burgers, Hotdogs, and of course – all kinds of sweet treats: Ice Cream (real Italian Ice cream), Shaved Ice, Freeze-Dried candies, Funnel cakes, and more!

Please find below an estimate on what our food vendor’s prices will be:

  • Beverages: 1-4 Tokens
  • Specialty Beverages: 3-5 Tokens
  • Combo Meals (meat plus sides): up to 20 Tokens
  • Sandwiches/Wraps: 5-16 Tokens
  • Hotdogs/Sausages: 4-10 Tokens
  • BBQ: up to 15 Tokens
  • Turkey Legs: 17 Tokens
  • Hawaiian and German Food: up to 20 Tokens
  • Sweets: 3-6 Tokens
  • Specialty Fries: 12 Tokens

 

What are Tokens? Why Do I Need Them and Where Do I Get Them?

Tokens are used to pay for all food and beverages. Admission is free, as well as the entertainment, children’s activities, fireworks, and parking.

MWR uses tokens at large events to speed up the process of ordering and paying for food and beverages. The vendors appreciate the ease of not having to return change. BUT don’t wait in line! 

Token presales will be available June 17-28 at the following MWR locations (closed June 20 for MWR Org Day) 

  1. Bowling & Entertainment Center, 6530 Eckel Avenue, Building 2785
    • Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Friday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Saturday: noon-8 p.m.
    • Sunday: noon-6 p.m.
    • (Closed June 20)
  2. Mall Bowling Center, 8140 Marne Road, Building 9232
    • Tuesday: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Wednesday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Friday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Saturday: noon – 8 p.m.
    • Sunday: noon – 6 p.m.
    • (Closed Mondays and June 19 & 20)
  3. Outdoor Recreation & Equipment Resource Center, 7310 Gillespie Street, Building 1707
    • Monday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Tuesday - Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Thursday - Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • (Closed Sundays and June 19 & 20)

Token presales will be available June 17-25 at the following MWR location:

  1. MWR Headquarters, 6850 Barron Avenue, Building 85
    • Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • (Closed Saturdays, Sundays & June 19 & 20)
Become a Food Vendor

We have thousands of mouths to feed, y'all! MWR is looking for Food Vendors who are interested in supporting our annual Independence Celebration on June 29! If you or someone you know would like to participate, contact Carolyn Shelton at carolyn.h.shelton.naf@army.mil. Be sure to include the name of your business, food menu, prices and insurance. Vendors who sign up to join us for Independence Day will also have the opportunity to come to other MWR-facilitated Special Events for THREE years!

Facility Closures on June 29 In Support of Event

These facilities will be closed on June 29 to support our Independence Celebration:

  • Sand Hill Recreation Center
  • Harmony Church Recreation Center
  • Main Post Recreation Center
  • IBAR
  • Milton E Long Library
  • Recreational Shooting Complex
  • Smith Fitness Center 24-hour access closed June 29 5 p.m. – midnight.
Frequently Asked Question

Gate access?  Please see information above under Gate Access Information tab.

Where can I park?  Parking will be available in designated areas around McGinnis-Wickam Hall, at Smith Fitness Center, Building 6, and near designated ranges along Ralph Puckett Parkway.

Food and beverages available for purchase?  YES! Food trucks will sell a variety of food for all your cravings...especially the FUNNEL CAKES and TURKEY LEGS! Check out the section for VENDOR PRICES – HOW MANY TOKENS DO I NEED?”

Coolers are allowed, but there will be plenty of food and beverage vendors available. No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted.

Kids activities?  Of course!  We will have the Headquarter Nissan Kids Zone - an area set up for youth of all ages (including the adults!) to enjoy inflatables, crafts, crazy hair, face painting, rock climbing wall and more...plus it is all FREE!

Can we bring pets?  No. For safety and sanitation reasons, please leave your pets at home. Service dogs are permitted.

What are tokens for? I thought this was a free event?  Tokens are needed to pay for all food and beverages. Admission is free, as well as the entertainment, children’s activities, fireworks and parking.

MWR uses tokens at large events to help speed up the process of ordering and paying for food and beverages. The vendors appreciate the ease of not having to return change. BUT don’t wait in line! Pre-sale of tokens will begin June 17 – check out the section “WHAT ARE TOKENS, WHY DO I NEED THEM AND WHERE DO I GET THEM?”

Do I need cash to pay for tokens?  No, we can accept debit and credit cards, but cash is the quickest way to get through the line.

Will there be an ATM available?  Yes, there is an ATM located in McGinnis-Wickam Hall and at Kinetic Credit Union.

What if I have tokens left at the end of the night?  You can return your tokens for a full refund at the token tent/trailer OR starting July 1, swing by MWR Headquarters, 6850 Barron Avenue, Building 85, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and receive your refund.  But your best choice is to keep those tokens for our next big event: Oktoberfest, October 18-20, 2024, at Uchee Creek! (Save the date!)

Will there be a shaded area?  Yes! A large shade tent will be set up with fans. 

Can we bring coolers, lawn chairs, blankets, canopies?  Yes! Coolers are allowed but no outside alcoholic beverages are permitted. Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed, and  small canopies are permitted in designated areas. No grills are allowed. 

Will there be trainees?  Yes, we love our trainees and like to give them a break to celebrate with us.

Prohibited Items:  No guns, knives, or weapons of any kind are allowed. No professional cameras or glass bottles. For security reasons, please be prepared for random security checks. No pets allowed. Small canopies (no sides or enclosed) in designated areas only. No grills.  Smoking allowed in designated areas only.

What if it rains?  The rain date for the FIREWORKS ONLY is the following day, June 30. No vendors, entertainment, etc. will be set up. Stay up to date on our Facebook page.

 

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