Freedom Fest July 3 -- safety, patience keys to good time

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker officials would like everyone to have fun at this year's Freedom Fest, but also would like to make sure the event is conducted in the interest of public safety and security.

To help control the flow of traffic, certain installation gates are closed during July 3's event. The Daleville, Ozark and Enterprise gates will be open all day, but the Faulkner and Newton gates are scheduled to be closed, according to Deputy Provost Marshall Maj. Jay Massey.

Drivers must show their driver's licenses, proof of insurance and vehicle registrations to gate guards. Those ages 16 and older must also show photo identification upon entry.

All normal traffic laws are enforced; however, the flow of traffic attendees experience is different due to several roads being closed at various times throughout the day, Massey said.

The following closures occur Saturday: Andrews Avenue is closed from Dean Street to Avenger Street from 8 a.m. to the end of Freedom Fest. Fifth and Third avenues will remain open until 3:30 p.m. for traffic transitioning to other areas around the post. At 3:30 p.m., portions of third and fifth avenues are scheduled to be blocked and manned by Soldiers at traffic control points. Third Avenue, between Kingsman and Dean streets, will close from 8 to 9:30 p.m. for the fireworks show.

Parking is allowed in certain areas, he said, but officials ask motorists not to park on Third Avenue during the event.

"This is all for the safety of everyone attending," Massey said. "We've managed to alleviate a lot of the concerns from last year. We just want everyone to have a good time and be safe doing it."

DPS officials also remind attendees to take note of where they park to ensure they can easily find their vehicles once Freedom Fest ends.

Everyone should also anticipate some traffic delays due to the large number of people departing afterward and be patient as they exit the installation.

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