FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood’s Freedom Fest is set from 4 to 10 p.m. June 24 at Hood Stadium located behind the Clear Creek Post Exchange here.

Activities are free and open to the public. They include children’s inflatables, beverage sales, food trucks plus a Zoo Imagination station.   Cassadee Pope will start the evening off with X Ambassadors headlining the event.

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.

Freedom Fest is a free event and open to the public. Members of the general public in privately owned vehicles must obtain a pass from the Marvin Leath Visitor’s 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 4 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

“We are holding our Freedom Fest earlier this year because over 75 percent of our Military Families live in the cities, towns, and villages that surround Fort Hood,” said Col. Chad R. Foster, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Hood. “This year, we want our soldiers to enjoy the community celebrations being held with their families. Also, when we conduct our Freedom Fest, nearly 500 individuals from across Fort Hood work in various capacities to make the event happen. This means that while others are celebrating the Independence Day holiday, they would be working. Having Freedom Fest on Jun 24th supports these goals.”

Media who wish to cover the event should call (254) 449-5298 no later than 3 p.m. June 23. On June 24, media will meet a public affairs representative in the south-side parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitor’s Center at 4 p.m. for an escort to the location.