Fort Gordon Independence Day Celebration

Ft. Gordon Independence Day Celebration

FORT GORDON, GA (WFXG) - The Annual Independence Day Celebration at Fort Gordon kicked off June 29th at 5 p.m.

People started flooding in, and didn't stop coming until just before dark.

Officials said Fort Gordon expects 30,000 people for the annual celebration.

Folks come out to the event every year.

Veterans like John Baynard told Fox 54 this event is so special because it's on the base.

Baynard said, "To intermingle with each other…that's the key. Seeing everything from the inside and the outside. Everyone gets to see what Fort Gordon is all about…what the military is all about."

Baynard and his family have been coming to the event since the 1990s.

They've been coming for so long, that they have the perfect spot picked out to watch the fireworks.

Baynard said, "It's a nice view. It's not too close. None of the fireworks are falling on you. It's not too far, so nobody is in the way. It's just right."

Baynard's family friend, Jennifer Ellerbee, said they plan out what they're going to bring each year.

Ellerbee had an umbrella with her. She said it helped with the heat. She said it's smart to also bring lawn chairs and blankets.

However, she said you don't need much to have a good time at this event.

Ellerbee said, "Just you, your family, and a good time is really all you need."

The crowd seemed to agree.

Everyone enjoyed the food and drinks from over 30 vendors, carnival rides and games and even a concert headlined by Colbie Callait and Justin Moore.

The festivities wrapped up with the largest fireworks show in the CSRA.

The event was free to the public, and went until 11 p.m.

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