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Lackland sets July 4th celebration

By Mike Joseph | 502nd Air Base Wing OL-A Public Affairs | June 30, 2011

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — A star-spangled tribute open to the general public will celebrate America's independence on the July 4th holiday at the Lackland amphitheater.

The 32nd edition of the festival on Monday promises a fun-filled evening for the entire family, said Brian Milkovich, 802nd Force Support Squadron events director.

"The 4th of July is a special holiday for all Americans and holds a special meaning for our military, which have made personal sacrifices for the nation," Mr. Milkovich said.

A fireworks display planned to conclude the day's festivities has been canceled due to the extremely dry ground conditions.

Joint Base San Antonio officials made the determination to call off fireworks displays at both Lackland and Randolph Air Force Base following a recommendation by the San Antonio Fire Department last week that public fireworks displays in the city be canceled.

Highlighting the evening's activities are two concerts by area bands.

San Antonio's The Liberty Band kicks off the festival's musical portion at 7 p.m., followed by The Pictures Band from Austin at 8:20 p.m.

Activities include a crafts fair, children's carnival, rock climbing wall, paintball challenge, hip hop tent, Radio Disney live, and Kidz Zone along with food and beverage booths.

Gates for the event open to the public at 4 p.m. Visitors will only be allowed entry through the base's main gate, Luke East, located off Southwest Military Drive and U.S. Highway 90.

To enter the base, visitors must have a valid photo ID and proof of car insurance. Assistance or guide dogs will be allowed; however, weapons, backpacks, coolers, video cameras or pets are prohibited.

Base installation security officials said visitors will be directed by Security Forces personnel to parking lots north of Luke Boulevard between the Luke East gate and Kenly Avenue.

Personnel with base access credentials are asked to enter any other open gate Monday except Luke East.

Additionally, Kenly Avenue between Luke and Truemper Street will be blocked.

Parking in the 37th Training Wing headquarters building parking lots are restricted to event staff only, and require parking passes for entry.

Mr. Milkovich said FSS officials anticipate a crowd of approximately 10,000 to attend the celebration.

"There will be a lot of free family-friendly things to do," Mr. Milkovich said, "and many of the many rides at the children's carnival are just $1."

For more details about the festival, visit www.lacklandfss.com or call 802nd FSS marketing and publicity at 671-3906.