Fort Hood’s annual Fourth of July celebration kicks off with a Color Run and ends with a 30-minute fireworks display. In between will be plenty of music to keep the crowd happy.
Norma Hernandez, special events coordinator for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, said two country music bands are lined up to entertain the crowd — Pat Waters and the Chainlink Band from Copperas Cove and Max Stalling from Fort Worth.
“We’re happy we’re going to have some good music out there,” Hernandez said.
The 1st Cavalry Division Band will perform throughout the evening.
A variety of vendors will offer traditional summer fare such as ice cream, snow cones and beer.
“It’ll be a lot of food and a lot of fun,” said Hernandez, adding that Genghis Grill and Pizza Hut are new vendors this year.
Family readiness groups and other organizations also will provide food and beverages.
The event is free and open to the public and takes place at Hood Stadium behind the Clear Creek Main Exchange. Hernandez said guests are prohibited from bringing knives, firearms, glass containers, pets (except service dogs), alcohol and pop-up canopy tents on post and to the stadium. People are encouraged to bring their own water, baby formula and other necessities.
“They can bring their blankets, they can bring their lawn chairs, cameras and all that,” she said.
Off-post visitors must use the Clear Creek gate and stay in the left-hand lane, or they may acquire a visitor’s pass from the Marvin Leath Visitors Center on T.J. Mills Boulevard. All drivers and passengers age 18 and older need photo IDs.
Doors open at 5 p.m., the bands begin playing at 6 p.m. and the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. An on-post shuttle bus will be available to take people to and from the stadium, Hernandez said. For a list of routes and times, go to www.hoodmwr.com.
Between 10,000 and 15,000 people attended last year’s celebration, and Hernandez expects about the same number this year.
The color run starts at 8 a.m. at the Harvey Functional Fitness Center, Building 31006. Those interested can register online at www.hoodmwr.com or on-site between 7 and 7:30 a.m. Friday.
The run is free and open to the public, and participants are urged to wear white. T-shirts will be sold for $7 each or two for $10.