FORT BENNING, Ga., (June 26, 2013) -- Looking for an inexpensive way to celebrate Independence Day? Fort Benning is hosting the annual Independence Day celebration from 3-10 p.m. June 29 on York Field.

The Maneuver Center of Excellence Band and The Farm will perform and games and activities for adults and children will be available.

From 3-6 p.m., guests will be able to jump from the 34-foot Airborne training tower on Eubanks Field. Fireworks start at 10 p.m.

"I can't think of anything greater to celebrate," said Bridgett Siter, publicity specialist for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. "We are the U.S Army and we are the training force of the U.S. Army … it all starts here. It's a great place for folks to come together and celebrate."

Despite sequestration, the celebration is able to go on because of commercial sponsors and because MWR is a non-appropriated organization, and thus does not use taxpayer dollars, Siter said. But, there will not be a Fries and Spies or Silver Wings demonstration this year.

Active-duty Soldiers and their dependents are eligible to register to win a new car. To register, visit

No pets, weapons or alcohol is permitted. Coolers are allowed. Only tokens will be accepted and can be bought prior to the event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or at the event at token trailers, which accept credit and debit cards and cash. ATM machines will also be available.

Due to the large crowd anticipated at the event, Siter said guests should anticipate possible searches of items they bring to the event.

In the event of a cancellation due to rain, the fireworks show will be at 10 p.m. June 30.
For more information, call 706-545-3328.