Fort Bragg to host annual fireworks show with restrictions


By RACHAEL RILEY | The Fayetteville Observer | Published: July 2, 2020

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — Fort Bragg's annual Independence Day fireworks display will still be held this year, officials announced Wednesday.

The celebration will be smaller scale and only open to Department of Defense cardholders because of concerns over the coronavirus, officials said.

The 20-minute display will start at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, but the usual celebration will not be on the main post parade field.

Designated viewing areas, with portable lavatories and hand washing stations, will be for Department of Defense identification card holders.

While visitors and those without identification cards will not be allowed installation access, officials said the fireworks will be high enough to see from Spring Lake, near the post's border.

"This year, Fort Bragg's Independence Day fireworks display will be one of the only ones happening in our area," officials said.

The following gates will be open on Saturday , with a 100% identification check for authorized cardholders: Longstreet; Chicken; Yadkin; All American; Honeycutt; and Randolph.

Officials said the following parking lots, which allow "optimal viewing of the show," will open starting at 7:30 p.m.: the North Post PX; Education Center; Callahan Physical Fitness Center; Leadership and Workforce Development; Cleland Ice Rink; behind the U.S. Army Forces Command headquarters building; Ryder Golf Course; the Main Post Theatre; and Womack Army Medical Center.

Officials said parking will be in every other space.

Attendees are asked to follow parking lot attendants' instructions to maintain social distancing and to wear facial coverings when 6-feet of social distancing is unable to be maintained.

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