Residents will have their choice of two big Independence Day celebrations this Saturday, as both Richmond Hill and Fort Stewart hold events at the same time.
They can also go back in time to see how it was done in the old days at Fort McAllister.
The city of Richmond Hill's free annual Independence Day celebration kicks off at 4 p.m. at J.F. Gregory Park, 521 Cedar St., featuring live entertainment by the Swingin' Medallions. It concludes with fireworks around 9 p.m.
Fort Stewart celebrates Independence Day also on July 1 with a free and open-to-the public concert featuring Chris Cagle and Dru Hill. The fun zone opens at 3:30 p.m. with food and drink vendors and interactive games. The concert field opens at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts soon after. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
And, Fort McAllister will hold an “Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration,” on Saturday, July 1 until July 4. The park opens at 10 a.m.
Here's additional information about each event:
* Free on-site parking, including handicap (first come, first served).
* Free inflatables (dry and wet) and train ride for the kids. Remember to bring swimsuits, towels, and extra clothes. Note: there will be other vendors offering mechanical rides that are not free.
* There will be food trucks, food and craft vendors, including face painting and a classic car show.
* The Boondockers will take the stage at 4:30 p.m. and The Swingin' Medallions start at 6 p.m.
* Members of the public without Department of Defense identification must access Fort Stewart at Cpt. Maurice Britt Gate (Gate 3) on Old Sunbury Road; the gate opens at 3 p.m. DoD ID card holders can access Fort Stewart at any open gate.
* Parking and venue are on Donovan Field. Installation law enforcement will direct traffic to the correct location. More information is available at https://stewarthunter.armymwr.com/happenings/independence-day-celebration-2023.
Celebration will be held where living historians will demonstrate Civil War drills with musket firings, play old-timey games, and even serve fresh watermelon. Visitors can tour the fort and museum, and join on the fun,” the announcement said. Everyone is invited.
The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Cost is $9. If you’re new to the area, Fort McAllister State Historic Park is located at 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill, GA 31324.