FORT LEE, Va. – About 8,000 community members attended the Independence Day celebration here Saturday at Williams Stadium.
The event featured games, food vendors from around the area, deejay music and remarks from Maj. Gen. Rodney D. Fogg, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general. As the evening grew dark and the time for the July 4 holiday’s traditional fireworks show got closer, many people standing around the crowded stadium track and infield were dancing to popular songs.
The attendance estimate came from the Fort Lee Provost Marshal Office, noted Megan Green, marketing manager for the Family and MWR Directorate here. Police, firefighters and EMTs were on hand for the event, serving not only in their roles as first responders but also talking to people in the crowd and demonstrating their equipment and vehicles.
The celebration was originally scheduled for Friday night, but bad weather caused leadership to push the event ahead a day. This year’s celebration was restricted to DOD ID cardholders only, which allowed attendance by military students in training at the Sustainment Center of Excellence.