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Fort Carson hosts Freedom Fest This Weekend


Last updated 6/26/2019 at 2:22pm

The third annual Fort Carson and the 4th Infantry Division Freedom Fest will be held from 2 - 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 28 - 29, and 11 a.m. to 4p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Iron Horse Park.

The event will be open to the general public on both Friday and Saturday, but reserved for Department of Defense ID cardholders and their guests only on Sunday. Fireworks will be set off on Saturday evening.

The festival will feature a carnival, live music from the 4th Infantry Division band and a large fireworks display choreographed to patriotic music. Park admission is free, but fees will apply for the carnival, attractions, food and merchandise.

This year the Fort Carson Directorate of Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) and Jon Eddy Productions have partnered to kick off Freedom Fest with a free concert starting Friday at 4 p.m. Musical entertainment will include the following lineup: Mark Addison, Ashlee & The Longshot Revival, Exit West, and The Tyler Walker Band. This year’s headliner show will begin at 8 p.m. and feature country music artists HARDY and Morgan Wallen.

On Saturday DFMWR will host wristband activities including gold panning, face painting, a rock wall, dunk tank and inflatables from 2 - 9 p.m.  A volleyball tournament will also be held from 3 - 5 p.m.  A Glow Fun Run will begin at 8 p.m. To purchase wrist bands or register for the volleyball tournament or Glow Fun Run, visit

For a complete schedule of events and frequently asked questions for both days, visit

Parking is located off of Wetzel Avenue across from the William “Bill” Reed Special Events Center. Be prepared to walk to the festival grounds from there. Limited VIP and handicap parking will be located off of Sheridan Avenue at Iron Horse Park. Pets (with the exception of American Disability Act service animals), glass containers, coolers and outside alcoholic beverages are not allowed. 

No personal fireworks are allowed on Fort Carson. 

Weapons will not be allowed at the event site with the exception of authorized law enforcement officials. County, state and federal civilian concealed carry permits are not recognized or valid on Fort Carson. 

Smoking will be allowed only in designated areas. 

Despite the Colorado amendment legalizing recreational marijuana, wrongful use or possession of marijuana on a federal installation is a violation of federal law. Federal law continues to prohibit the use of marijuana anywhere on post.

The only access for non-DoD ID holders will be at Gate 1 (access off of Highway 115) and Gate 20 (access off of Interstate 25) on Friday and Saturday. Those accessing the installation for the celebration should be prepared to show a current driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Allow extra time for random vehicle inspections. Military working dogs will be active in the event area.

All personnel entering Fort Carson must be in possession of a valid state or federally-issued photo ID from a REAL ID Act compliant state.  If using an ID from a state or territory that is not REAL ID Act compliant, then an approved secondary form of ID is required. More information on the REAL ID Act can be found at States that have filed for an extension include: Kentucky, Maine, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Oregon.

All personnel must park in designated parking areas. Parking in prohibited areas will result in a citation and the vehicle will be towed. Please follow the signs for designated parking areas. The area around Iron Horse Park will be congested. Drivers are asked to slow down and watch out for pedestrians.

For more information contact the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office at

(719) 526-4143/7525.  After hours please contact the 24-hour Fort Carson Operations Center at (719) 526-5500 and ask for the On-Call Public Affairs Officer.


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