• The alpine swing was one of several new rides at the USAG Stuttgart July 4 celebration this year.

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    The alpine swing was one of several new rides at the USAG Stuttgart July 4 celebration this year.

  • The airlift inflatable included a trampoline and paddles with fabric fastener that allowed children to stick to a “wall” at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

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    The airlift inflatable included a trampoline and paddles with fabric fastener that allowed children to stick to a “wall” at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

  • The traditional train transported community members around Patch Barracks during U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration.

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    The traditional train transported community members around Patch Barracks during U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration.

  • The rock climbing wall challenged young guests to new heights during U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

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    The rock climbing wall challenged young guests to new heights during U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

  • Pony rides were offered to community children during U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

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    Pony rides were offered to community children during U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

  • Patch Barracks' Husky Field was covered in tents, rides, games and activities for Independence Day at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration.

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    Patch Barracks' Husky Field was covered in tents, rides, games and activities for Independence Day at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration.

  • MaxFracas takes the stage during U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

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    MaxFracas takes the stage during U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

  • The Patch Arts and Crafts Center’s Indie Craft Fair on Husky Field allowed guests to create their own masterpieces and displayed artists’ work during U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

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    The Patch Arts and Crafts Center’s Indie Craft Fair on Husky Field allowed guests to create their own masterpieces and displayed artists’ work during U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

  • The Patch Arts and Crafts Center’s Indie Craft Fair on Husky Field allowed guests to create their own masterpieces and displayed artists’ work during U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

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    The Patch Arts and Crafts Center’s Indie Craft Fair on Husky Field allowed guests to create their own masterpieces and displayed artists’ work during U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

  • A toddler shows off her red, white and blue duds at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

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    A toddler shows off her red, white and blue duds at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

  • A young girls displays joy in the moment – and her flexibility - on Patch Barrack’s Husky Field during USAG Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration.

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    A young girls displays joy in the moment – and her flexibility - on Patch Barrack’s Husky Field during USAG Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration.

  • Children dance to live music performed by MaxFracas during U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

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    Children dance to live music performed by MaxFracas during U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

  • Children of all ages competed in a watermelon eating contest during U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

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    Children of all ages competed in a watermelon eating contest during U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s July 4 celebration on Patch Barracks.

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.”

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