Gammon Field will once again be the setting for live music, classic cars, and more–along with the largest fireworks show in central Missouri–when Fort Leonard Wood opens its annual Independence Day Celebration on July 4th at 4 p-m. Throughout the celebration, there will be an interactive zone that includes inflatable activities, a petting zoo, and pony rides for children.
The car show will take place from 4 to 7 p-m. Trophies will be awarded in four categories, including Best in Show, Best Car, Best Truck, and Best Motorcycle. The cost to enter a vehicle in the car show is $10 in advance by June 30th or $20 at the event. Advanced registration is available online or at the Auto Skills Center. At 5 p-m on the Fourth, the first to two 25-minute performances by the Kansas City Disc Dogs will take place. Their second performance will be held at 6:30. The 399th Army Band’s Rough Riders rock band will perform at 7:30. At 8:45, a 50-gun salute to the Union will take place, plus the performance of the National Anthem, and a cannon volley by Soldiers from the 4th Military Police Brigade. Once the sky gets sufficiently dark enough, around 9:30, there will be a display of more than 6-thousand shells fired off to a medley of patriotic songs. Parking will be available around Gammon Field. Constitution and Iowa avenues will be closed for the day from Minnesota to Kansas Avenues. Recommended Parking areas will include shoulder parking on the surrounding roads, the USO and Nutter Fieldhouse parking lots, the post exchange, the Rec Plex, the Main Post Chapel, Baker Theater, and Gerlach Field. Attendees are asked not to bring pets or personal coolers to the event.