FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood’s Independence Day Celebration is set for 4-10:30 p.m. July 4 in Hood Stadium located behind the Clear Creek Post Exchange.

Activities include a military working dog demo, H-E-B Cart Races, Salute to the Nation ceremony, children’s inflatables and live entertainment with opener Mignon Grabois and headliner Blue October. Blue October is the Texas-based band with eight Top 40 singles and seven albums with songs like “Into The Ocean,” “Hate Me,” “Calling You,” “Dirt Room,” “Say It,” “Bleed Out” and “Fear” from albums such as 2009’s Billboard Top 200 #13 debut “Approaching Normal,” 2011’s Billboard #8 debut “Any Man In America,” the Platinum-selling “Foiled” and most recently Billboard’s #13 debut “Sway.”

The 30-minute fireworks show is expected to begin at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks are paid by profits from the Fort Hood recycling program.

The Independence Day Celebration is a free event and open to the public. Members of the general public in privately owned vehicles must enter and exit Clear Creek Gate (through the left visitors’ lane for access) or obtain a pass from the Visitors Welcome Center. Drivers and passengers 18 and older must have a valid photo ID.

On-post shuttles will be running approximately every 15 minutes from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. All individuals utilizing the bus service under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For a list of shuttle stops, visit Fort Hood’s Family and MWR Web site at

Prohibited items include 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 include strollers, coolers (will be searched), camelbacks (will be searched), umbrellas, blankets, lawn chairs, small wagons, cameras, video recorder/camcorders, service animals (guide dogs, etc.).

Media interested in attending the Independence Day Celebration should register here and meet the public affairs escort at the South parking lot across from the visitors’ center. Public Affairs escorts will be available for media pick up at 5:30 p.m.