Explosions over Fort Jackson to return with first public fireworks show in years
The State June 22, 2022
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Tribune News Service) — The Fourth of July fireworks show is returning to Fort Jackson.
The previously annual Independence Day event, last held in 2016, is scheduled to be held at the U.S. Army base in Columbia on July 2, officials said Wednesday in a news release.
Two free concerts, headlined by Breland, will precede the fireworks show, and all of the events are open to the public, according to the release.
“You asked for it and we have answered,” Fort Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Patrick Michaelis said in the release. “For the first time in years, we invite everybody to celebrate Independence Day with us.”
The event will kick off at 6 p.m., Army officials said.
Breland is an American singer, songwriter and producer known for a hybrid of rap, R&B, gospel and soul music, according to the release. Some of his songs include “My Truck,” “Throw It Back,” and “Praise the Lord.”
Before Breland takes the stage, Brooks Herring is scheduled to perform. The U.S. Navy veteran is a guitar-playing, music-writing singer who performs “a multitude of multigenerational genres,” Army officials said.
There will also be food trucks and vendors with food and drinks for sale, as well as a kid zone with rides, officials said.
Anyone coming to the event is asked to use Gate 4, Boyden Arbor Road, to access Hilton Field, which will be open at 4 p.m., according to the release.
Small coolers will be allowed, along with lawn chairs, towels and blankets, officials said. There is a long list of prohibited items.
Anyone planning to attend who is older than 16 must possess a valid state or government issued identification card for entry, and the vehicle driver must possess a valid driver’s license, valid proof of insurance, and a valid registration, according to the release.
Motorcycle riders must wear a helmet, full-fingered gloves, over the ankle boots, and long-sleeved shirt/jacket, officials said.
Additionally, random vehicle searches will be conducted at the gates.
“Fort Jackson hopes to honor our nation and also provide a great event for on post personnel as well as our partners and community members.”
Fort Jackson is the nation’s largest military basic training base with more than 50,000 recruits assigned there each year.
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