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Independence Day Celebration

You are invited to Celebrate our Nation's Independence at the largest military installation in the free world.

Note: This event has already passed.

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You are invited to celebrate our Nation's Independence at the largest military installation in the free world. Come early to enjoy music, food and beverage vendors for purchase. Starting at 4pm gates and concessions will open along with DJ music. We will have a H-E-B Cart Races, Childrens Inflatables, Salute to the Nation Ceremony and more. The entertainment surges on main stage live with opener Joel Crouse and  headliner Phillip Phillips. The celebration concludes in a dazzling, 30-minute fireworks display choreographed to patriotic music.



**Subject to change

Activity Time
Gates Open 4 p.m.
Food/Beverage Sales Open 4 p.m.
HEB Cart Race sign up
DJ Music
4-5 p.m.
HEB Cart Races 5-5:45 p.m.
DJ Music 5:45-6 p.m.
National Anthem and Welcoming Remarks 6 p.m.
Salute to the Nation with Salute Battery,
2ABCT, 3-16 FA, Bravo Battery
6:05-6:30 p.m.
Joel Crouse performs 6:30-7:15 p.m.
DJ Music/Set change 7:15-7:30 p.m.
Phillip Phillips performs 7:30-8:45 p.m.
CG Gift presentation 8:45 p.m.
DJ Music/Set change 8:55-9:10 p.m.
1st Cavalry Band 9:10-9:30 p.m.
Fireworks 9:30-10 p.m.
Conclusion 10 p.m.




Growing up in Leesburg, Georgia, Phillips first picked up guitar at age 14 and soon mastered riffs from classic-rock tracks like Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” (mostly by playing along to his family’s karaoke machine). He also took up singing and songwriting as a teenager, in addition to forming an acoustic band with his older sister and brother-in-law. With encouragement from his family and friends, he took a break from working in his family’s pawn shop and auditioned for American Idol in summer 2011, then emerged as the show’s season 11 winner. Premiering the same day he claimed his victory, his debut single “Home” marked the most successful coronation song of any Idol winner and has since been certified 5x platinum. 

Released in fall 2012, Phillips’s first full-length The World from the Side of the Moon debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and quickly went platinum. With Behind the Light following in early 2014, and featuring the top ten hit “Ranging Fire,” he’s supported both albums with extensive worldwide touring, including a 2016 co-headlining run with Matt Nathanson. Increasingly known for his high-energy live shows, Phillips has also toured with John Mayer, shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen at the Rock in Rio festival, and supported the Goo Goo Dolls’ summer 2017 national summer tour. Phillips will release his new album Collateral on Interscope Records January 19, 2018. For more information visit


Shuttle Services

3-11 p.m.

Interactive Bus Route via Google Maps or
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Departs every 15 minutes - must be 18 to ride on bus without an adult

BLUE Route
Bus Stop Bldg. # Location
H 21007 Family Life Chaplains Training Center
I 16007 Special Operations
J 12005 Patriot Inn DFAC (Shuttle Stop #2)
K 12019 Army Wellness Center (Shuttle Stop #3)
L 10018 Corner of Old Ironsides and 27th Street
M 11000 Water Tower (Shuttle Stop #4)
N 9301 Burba Physical Fitness Center (Shuttle Stop #5)
O 87010 Physical Therapy 3rd CR (Shuttle Stop #6)
P 87018 DFAC, Redbud Dr and BN Ave
Q 9218 36th Eng Bde HHC S-6
R 10045 36th Eng Bde Med Training Facility
S 12001 79th Ord Bn (EOD)
T 16011 Fort Hood Reception Det
U 21020 Iraqi Freedom DFAC (Memorial Dining Facility)
Bus Stop Bldg. # Location
B 43010 Shuttle Stop #19
C 37017 Iron Horse Physical Fitness Center (Shuttle Stop #21)
D 31006 Harvey Functional Fitness Center (Shuttle Stop #22)
E na Corner of 72nd and Old Ironsides
F 27010 1CD, 1st, 2nd and 3rd BDE Barracks
G 23001 Abrams Physical Fitness Center
Y 39008 Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center
Stadium Route
Bus Stop Bldg. # Location
na 49010 Phantom Warrior Lanes
na 50001 Clear Creek Commissary
na 50012 Community Events & Bingo Center
West Fort Hood Route
Bus Stop Bldg. # Location
na 90007 West Fort Hood Physical Fitness Center


General Public

Members of the general public in privately owned vehicles must enter and exit Clear Creek Gate (through the left visitor lane for access) or obtain a pass from the Visitor Welcome Center. Drivers and passengers 18 and older must have a valid photo ID.

Prohibited items

Explosive Weapons, Backpacks, Firearms, Knives, Clubs, Brass Knuckles, Glass containers (except baby bottles), Pets, Alcohol, Fireworks, Pop-Up/Canopy Tents. Texas concealed and open carry of firearms do not apply on Fort Hood.

Permitted items

Strollers, Coolers (will be searched), Camelbacks (will be searched), Umbrellas, Blankets, Lawn chairs, Small wagons, Cameras, Video Recorder/Camcorders, Service Animals (guide dogs, etc..), *not all inclusive


Free entry with food vendors and alcohol for purchase.