JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- Celebrate Independence Day July 4 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Freedom Fest. The festivities are at Cowan and Memorial stadiums from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Freedom Fest offers fair food, the annual Classy Chassis Car Show, carnival rides, games, stage entertainment, Kids' World magic, kids' stage acts, sponsor booth giveaways, roving entertainers and more. The fireworks display will start at 10 p.m.

Eddie Montgomery, of the award-winning Montgomery Gentry band, is the headliner on stage at Freedom Fest with a triumphant start to a new legacy. He's been touring this year in honor of his late duo partner, Troy Gentry, and released "Here's to You," in February -- the album recorded just before Troy's death last September. Come hear him and his band while you're at Freedom Fest.

Entertainment Galore

Performing on the main stage at 11 a.m. is a Beach Boys tribute band, the Beach Balls. The Blues Power Revue follows at 1 p.m. with '50s, '60s and Blues Brothers rockin' blues. At 3 p.m., Infinity Project grooves with all Journey songs.

For young country music fans, Megs McLean opens at 5 p.m. for an American country evening with superstar Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, who takes the stage from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets to spread out on the spacious lawn while you take in the music, or sit in the bleachers overlooking the stadium stage.

Find the complete schedule of entertainers and events at

Access and Parking Information

Guests without an installation access pass should enter Lewis Main through the DuPont Gate off Interstate 5. Due to security checks, expect some delays when entering the base.
All vehicles entering the installation are subject to inspection. Drivers must present a valid license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Passengers age 16 and older must present a government-issued photo ID.

Civilian vehicles that are selected for inspection will be directed to the inspection area. Vehicles cleared for entry to the base will be directed to a parking area for shuttle bus rides to and from the event site.

Visitors may not bring weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, fireworks or pets onto the base (medical alert and medical assistance animals are permitted). Marijuana is illegal on JBLM. Military ID-card holders may not bring any of these items to the event.

Classy Chassis Registration

Got a car or truck you'd love to show off and compete for a trophy?

Enter it into the Classy Chassis Car Show at Memorial Stadium.

Preregister by June 16 and save on your entry fee. The preregistration cost is $15 per vehicle. The first 200 entrants receive a dash plaque and free goodie bag. The day-of-event cost is $20 per vehicle.

Categories for entry are:
• Classic stock (pre-1941; 1941--1969).
• Open class (1970 to present).
• Any year of street rod, muscle car, Mustang, Camaro, Corvette, low rider, custom, truck-custom, truck-stock, import and motorcycle.

Compete for first, second or third place, plus People's Choice and Best of Show trophies. Voting ends at 2 p.m., and trophies will be presented at 4 p.m.

Check in at 8 a.m. via the DuPont Gate from I-5 Exit 119; the show begins at 11 a.m. On-base access requires the driver to have a valid license, proof of insurance and vehicle

Download your registration form from under Recreation, Auto Skills Center Lewis Main.

For more information, call 253-967-3728.