4th at the Fort 2015

Fireworks light up the sky over Williams Stadium during Fort Lee's 2015 Fourth at the Fort celebration. After a 45-minute weather delay that separated the first half of the event -- featuring a performance by the Richmond variety band, Red Neck Pool Party -- the finale drew an estimated crowd of well over 2,000 spectators who enjoyed a short performance by a 392nd Army Band rock ensemble before the fireworks display.

FORT LEE, Va. (June 9, 2016) -- Featuring entertainment by local singing group RNPP and the TRADOC band detachment at Fort Lee – as well as a kidzone play area and a fireworks display – this year’s Fourth at the Fort celebration promises a heaping helping of fun for the whole family.

The event will take place from 5-10 p.m. July 4 at Williams Stadium. Admission is free and open to the public. Additional information about gate openings and their hours of operation, and access requirements for non-military identification cardholders, will be announced in the Fort Lee Traveller (www.ftleetraveller.com) and through social media (www.Facebook.com/ArmyFortLee) over the next couple of weeks.

RNPP – the opening act for Fourth at the Fort – is a Richmond-based band that fans often describe as “a little bit country and a little bit bluegrass” with a whole truckload of talent in between. Band members include lead singer Nichol Andrews, whose vocal range has been compared to well-known country artists like Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood; the Brockwell brothers, Bruce and Barry (guitar and supporting harmony); Frank Kirby (drums); and Tommy Edwards (bass). Check out the band’s website – www.redneckpoolparty.com – for a song list and a performance video clip.

Although the 392nd Army Band is deactivating, a small rock ensemble attached to the Training and Doctrine Command will provide musical entertainment during the event. The final details for that portion of the evening are still being decided.

For the youngsters, the Kidzone play area will feature a bounce house, an aircraft carrier slide, a 30-foot rock climbing wall, a 20-foot climbing wall and more. Tickets are required for each attraction (amount varies depending on the size/popularity of the ride). They can be purchased for $1 each or unlimited access for $20.

Those planning to participate in Fort Lee’s Fourth at the Fort activities are reminded that personal pyrotechnics, tailgating, glass bottles, smoking and pets are not permitted in or around the event area. Coolers may be no larger than 6-by-6-by-12 inches. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.

A valid state- or government-issued identification card with photo is required for anyone 18 years of age or older to access the installation. Motorists also are asked to watch for pedestrians while entering, exiting or looking for parking near the event site.

Event updates – i.e. postponements or cancellations due to inclement weather – will be posted at www.facebook.com/FortLeeFMWR.