Military communities in Europe marking July 4 with festivities, fireworks
Americans across Europe have lots of options when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July. From car shows and carnival rides to fun runs and fireworks, U.S. military communities will be celebrating in traditional July Fourth fashion. Here are some of the many activities on tap over the holiday weekend:
BeneluxSHAPE/Chievres: Saturday starting at noon at the GB shopping area on SHAPE. Live entertainment, food booths, carnival rides. Fireworks at 11 p.m. behind the FINA gas station. Open to all U.S. and NATO ID cardholders.
The 2011 Tri-Border American Fest, Saturday, starting at noon on the Brunssum sports fields. Food booths, rides, a magician, Xbox tournament, petting zoo, falconry show and a fireworks display. Live music includes The Jeremy Graham Band, a country/southern rock group, at 9 p.m. Open to U.S. and NATO ID cardholders and authorized guests. No coolers or picnic baskets.
U.S. Army Garrison Brussels: Saturday from 3-11 p.m. at the Sterrebeek Annex. Bingo, World War II re-enactors, classic cars, a water slide, bouncy castles, food and fireworks.
GermanyU.S. Army Garrison Ansbach: Sunday, Hangar 2, The Jeremy Graham Band at 7 p.m.; Monday starting at 4 p.m. at Katterbach’s Hangar 2. Food, games and music. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg: Monday, Pendleton Field from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Car show featuring the Classic American Car Club, test the horsepower of your vehicle on the Dyno, carnival rides, fire artist Xelo, golf tournament at Whispering Pines Golf Club, 5k fun run/walk. Entertainment by The Jeremy Graham Band.
U.S. Army Garrison Garmisch: Friday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Breitenau softball field. Barbecue, children’s activities, games, speed softball tournament, a strongman competition; Saturday, Mueller Fitness Center 5k family fun, starting at the Garmisch Elementary-Middle School.
U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwöhr: Monday from 6-11 p.m. at the parade field of the main post. Disc jockey, jumping castles, face-painting, games, magic show, food and beverages, the band Pop nach 8. Fireworks at 10:30 p.m.
U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels: Monday from 3-11:30 p.m. at the Festplatz. Fireworks, live music, food, bouncers and other activities for the kids. Open to all U.S. ID cardholders.
U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart: Monday from 4 p.m. to midnight on Husky Field, Patch Barracks. Rides, games, food, beverages, fireworks. A crafts fair from 7-8 p.m. Shuttle buses will operate on a holiday schedule and will not make late evening runs to and from Patch Barracks.
U.S. Army Garrison Baden-Württemberg: Monday from 4 p.m. to dusk behind the library on Patrick Henry Village, Heidelberg. Games, rides, prize giveaways, live music with bands such as Crazy and Jimmy’s SoulEquity and the U.S. Army Europe chorus, a salute to the 50 states and fireworks. Open to U.S. ID cardholders.
U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt: Monday at Kellser Field. Live music, rides, foods and fireworks. Bring blankets, canopies and lawn chairs. Valid photo ID required for admission.
U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden: Friday from 5-11 p.m. near Hangar 1034, Wiesbaden Army Airfield. Live entertainment, food, games and fireworks. Enter to win a pair of round-trip airline tickets. Free for children up to age 2, $2 for children ages 3-12 and $3 for those 13 and older. The Wiesbaden Entertainment Center will host an after party from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder: Monday from 3-11 p.m. on Smith Barracks (near the Hall of Champions). Food and beverages for purchase, free music, children’s activities, eating competitions, rides, fireworks, 5k run beginning at 8 a.m. Adult sports from 9 a.m., volleyball from 11 a.m. and ultimate Frisbee from 1 p.m. Free bowling at Striker’s Bowling Center from 1-11 p.m. Open to all U.S. ID cardholders and authorized guests.
Kaiserslautern Military Community: Saturday 2 p.m. to midnight at Kapaun Air Station. Music by the bands Los Nicos, Ton-Sport and Sheerocks; children’s activities, carnival rides, food, prizes and fireworks at 10:30 p.m. A free shuttle bus will depart from the Northside Chapel parking lot on Ramstein Air Base from 1:30 p.m. Open to all ID cardholders.
ItalyU.S. Army Garrison Livorno: Monday, starting at 9 a.m., American beach in Terrenia. The beach and bar open at 9 a.m. Free games, barbeque from 5-10 p.m. ($8.50 per person) and a disc jockey from 7 p.m. to midnight. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Shuttle bus service from Camp Darby will run in the evening.
Vicenza: Festa Americana on Monday from 5 p.m. to midnight in the hospital parking area, the Sports & Fitness Field and in front of the Ederle Inn. Italian guests please enter through Gate 5 near the Health Clinic on via Corbetta. Italian guests signed on by ID cardholders please enter through Gate 1 on via Aldo Moro. Sponsors must remain with their guests at all times. Carnival rides, BOSS (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers) dunk tank, food and entertainment. Music by the Jalapenos, a country rock band. Fireworks will be set off from Monte Berico to allow for viewing from Caserma Ederle and Campo Marzo.
TurkeyIncirlik: Saturday 4-9:30 p.m., Arkadas Park. Children’s zone, food booths, mechanical bull, face-painting, live music, prizes. Strongman competition at 5 p.m. Hotdog-eating contest at 7 p.m. Hard-rock band Matthew JC and the AllStars perform while fashion models parade down a runway. Fireworks at 9 p.m.
United KingdomRAF Feltwell: Monday starting at noon. The Royal Air Force Red Arrows aerial demonstration, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and “Sally B” B-17 fly-over; the United States Air Forces in Europe band, Wings of Dixie, and Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers band. Carnival rides, games booths, car and motorcycle show, birds of prey demonstration and American Southern barbeque. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
RAF Lakenheath: Country and Independence Party, Saturday, 2-10 p.m. at the Liberty Club. Live music, barbeque and a children’s hour from 3-4 p.m. Children’s games include a pie-eating contest, scooter race, sack races and more. Country night starts after 10 p.m. with a mechanical bull. Adult games for 18 and older include horseshoes, washers, volleyball, tug o’ war and more.
— Compiled by Karen Bradbury