Fort Bragg loves to celebrate. Throughout the year, the installation comes together to celebrate events with food, special musical guests and fake snow. Inflatable slides, fun runs and the Golden Knights often accompany these celebrations as Soldiers and their Families come together.
These celebrations are yearly events, and something to add to your calendars.
Fourth of July
The Fourth of July celebration at Fort Bragg is, it must be said, epic. Held on the Main Post Parade Field, close to the center of the installation, the event attracts thousands of people. A special tent area known as Tent City is set up for those who want shelter from the July sun. You can reserve a tent space beginning today by going to https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webrac/wbwsc/braggrectrac.wsc/wbps03vsi.html and clicking on the July 4th Tent Sites event.
A map will show you how Tent City is arranged with regards to the vendors, Kiddie Land, artillery pieces and the stage. You can start setting up your tent at 1 p.m. on the 4th of July. The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation requests that attendees bag up their trash throughout the event. The FMWR will haul all bagged trash out of the area.
Kiddie Land opens up at 3 p.m., and the space offers bouncy houses, inflatable slides and a rock climbing wall. Kiddie Land closes at 8 p.m. Cost is $10 for an unlimited ride wrist band.
Food vendors also open at 3 p.m.
The Fourth of July celebration is also essentially one giant concert. Beginning at 4 p.m., the 82nd Division Rock Band will take the stage and play the afternoon away. The JC Allstars begin to play at 6:45 p.m. and Chase Rice, the headliner for this year, starts his concert at 8:30 p.m.
Apart from the good music on the stage, the 4th of July festivities also include a flag ceremony. Flags from every state will be presented while the National Anthem is sung by the All American Chorus. Last year, organizers and visitors live streamed the event on Facebook, so even if you aren’t able to make it to the ceremony, you can still find it. Between the cannon fire and the anthem, it is a stirring experience.
At 9:42 p.m., the firing of cannons will signify the start of an 18 minute, choreographed fireworks show.
Admission the Main Post Parade Field is free and open to the public.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Christmas is ushered in every year at the Main Post Parade Field by the lighting of the Fort Bragg Christmas tree. Vendors selling hot chocolate and other Christmas comfort foods line the field while slides are set up for youth. There is even a snow patch set up every year for a snowball fight.
Christmas songs are sung by the 82nd Airborne Division’s All American Chorus and kids from the schools on post.
The tree is lit by the Family of the Year, an honor voted on and given to a Family that demonstrates exceptional community service. This past year, Santa was delivered via fire truck right after the tree was lit. Families and kids were able to meet and greet Santa in a special pavilion.
The festivities help to ring in the holiday season to the installation.
All American Week
This celebration is focused on the 82nd Airborne Division, but the entirety of Fort Bragg does get involved. The weekend before All American Week, a boot memorial is set up at Hedrick Stadium. These boots represent all of the Soldiers who have lost their lives since 9/11. The memorial is open to the public.
On the Monday of All American Week, the entire Division runs down Longstreet Road, circles Hedrick Stadium, and runs back down the street. The 82nd Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade participates with a helicopter fly over, and artillery fire is sounded every few minutes.
Throughout the rest of the week, competitive events are held and Families can participate in the fun run.
These annual celebrations help to make Fort Bragg the installation it is today. By providing fun activities for Soldiers and Families throughout the year, the installation helps to bring the Army community a little bit closer.