The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation held a free concert on July 4 at Fort Stewart's Donovan Field in celebration of Independence Day and the 3rd Infantry Division's centennial.

More than 17,000 people attended the concert, whose performers included 3 Doors Down, LOCASH and Jagged Edge.

The event was free, open to the public and included activities such as rock-climbing and quad bungee jumping and other backyard games.

Before the show began 3 Doors Down learned a little about their audience with a tour of the installation, including stops at Warriors Walk, the 3rd ID Museum and the engagement skills trainer.

All three bands also had the opportunity to meet and greet some of the fans, before and after the show.

When the concert concluded, attendees were treated to another thrill as fireworks lit up the night.
Organizers said the Marne Independence Celebration events went well.

"It was a great event," said Tyler Gierber, FMWR marketing director. "Well executed, well attended, and welcomed by the entire community. We had a great time hosting all the Marne Independence Day events. Putting on three events in about 36 hours is not an easy task, unless you're a part of Team Stewart - then anything is possible.

While the Independence Day celebration has been going on for a long time; it has been awhile since the installation hosted a full blown concert.

"It's been a long time since we've held a concert like this. We've also seen some new faces join the team since then, myself included. And you know what, team MWR did a great job in hosting this event."

He expressed his appreciation for the support provided by the community and other installation agencies.

"I would be remiss if I didn't thank the Directorate of Emergency Services, the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobility and Security, and the Directorate of Public Works for everything their team did to support the event. Finally, our sponsors is what makes these events special - their support of these events and our military is what makes them extra special... and for that I thank Mike Reed Chevrolet, USAA, Xfinity, Coca-Cola, Bob 106.9, Liberty Chrysler, Smile Doctors, First Command, and Veterans United Home Loans for supporting this year's event."