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Fort Jackson Offers Free Independence Day Festivities • SC Daily Gazette

Fort Jackson Offers Free Independence Day Festivities • SC Daily Gazette

COLUMBIA — If you’re looking for something free to do on the 4th of July, Fort Jackson might be the place for you.

The Independence Day celebration at the army training ground is open to the publicnot just for those with military identification. The festivities include live music, carnival rides, food and beer trucks, and fireworks, with misting stations to keep people cool.

The event starts at 4pm, with fireworks around 9pm

Access to a military base for civilians comes with restrictions. For example, do not bring cameras, pets, weapons or camping tents to the festivities.

But July 4 is not the only time when citizens can use the facilities in the fort.

The Palmetto Falls Water Park at Fort Jackson is open to civilians. Visitors must enter through Gate 2. Adults must show a photo ID and undergo a background check to gain entry.

Many of South Carolina’s military installations offer a variety of recreational opportunities including bowling, camping, clay pigeon shooting, golfing and more. In most cases, however, access is limited to military, veterans and other authorized personnel.

Shaw Air Force Base for example, organized an Independence Day celebration on Saturday, but attendance was limited to those who already had access to the base, according to information on the base’s social media page.

According to public affairs representatives from these bases, Joint Base Charleston, Parris Island and McEntire Joint National Guard Base do not hold any public festivities for the Fourth of July celebration and there are no other recreational opportunities open to civilians.