The musical lineup has been announced for Fort Jackson’s largest fireworks celebration. The Independence Day celebration returns Saturday, July 2, after a five-year hiatus. The event is open to the public, will feature two free concerts and will take place at Hilton Field at Fort Jackson.
Headlining the celebration is American singer, songwriter and producer, Breland. The “My Truck” singer’s hybrid sound of country, rap, R&B, gospel and soul music will keep the crowd entertained.
Opening for Breland is local artist Brooks Herring. The Navy veteran is a guitar-playing, music-writing singer who performs multigenerational genres.
Breland and Harris are being brought to Fort Jackson by the United Service Organizations (USO) and their performances are sure to be crowd-pleasers.
Chad Brock, country singer, songwriter, and co-host of The Chad and Meg Show on 94.3 The Dude, is the master of ceremonies and will kick off the two free concerts beginning at 6:00 p.m.
“To me it’s all about our country and it’s about those soldiers that are going through boot camp and are gonna be excited about getting out there and enjoying what we call freedom, like when I was in boot camp years ago,” said Brock. "And for Fort Jackson to be able to open up after all this time and it’s just really exciting to watch the community and Fort Jackson be able to connect again after all this time.”
Those attending will need to use Gate 4, Boyden Arbor Road, to access Hilton Field. The field will be open at 4 p.m. and everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, towels, and blankets. Food trucks and vendors will have food and beverage for sale, and the kid zone, with amusement rides, will be open for business.
Fort Jackson is a government military post, and random vehicle searches will be conducted at the gates. All visitors must also adhere to the following guidelines and failure to comply could result in a denial of access on the base:
- Everyone older than 16 must possess a valid state or government-issued identification card for entry.
- The vehicle driver must possess a valid driver’s license, valid proof of insurance and valid registration.
- Motorcycle riders must also conform to Department of Defense regulations to enter the post. The requirements include wearing a DOT-approved helmet, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle boots and a long-sleeved shirt/jacket.
This celebration is a family friendly event and inappropriate clothing is prohibited. In addition, for the safety of all guests, the following items are also prohibited: failure to comply could result in a denial of access on the base.
- Explosives, firearms, illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, grills, knives, batons, tailgate tents, clothing or signage with offensive or vulgar language or political message, inappropriate clothing, confetti, fireworks, smoke bombs, laser pens/pointers, noise making, devices (horns, whistles, etc.), pepper spray, umbrellas, video cameras, cameras with lenses longer than 6” when fully extended and remote-controlled flying devices. Service animals for those with a disability are allowed but not an emotional support animal (service animals are allowed, but they must be on leash and owners must clean up after the animals).
The free event provides an opportunity for soldiers, civilians, families, military partners and the community to come together and celebrate our nation’s independence.