Proud to be American
July 11, 2011
STUTTGART, Germany -- Blue skies and the promise of barbecue, music and fireworks brought more than 6,000 community members and guests to U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s annual July 4 celebration, hosted by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
The day started at 10 a.m. when 145 runners completed the five-kilometer Firecracker Fun Run on Patch Barracks, according to Holly Ogren, FWMR fitness coordinator.
From 4 p.m. to midnight, Husky Field hosted a variety of events from pony rides for children to three lives bands, including “Ghost” from Patch High School and blues singer Allison Joy Williams.
Other new activities this year were the Patch Arts and Crafts Center’s Indie Craft Fair and a watermelon eating contest.
At 11 p.m., the fireworks began to a medley of patriotic tunes to close out the event.
“I think this celebration reflected how diverse our community is and how much we have in common,” said Martha Povich, FMWR special events coordinator. “All kinds of people gathered in one place to enjoy the beautiful weather, relax and make a good time.”