Fort Bragg officials finally made it official: The only fireworks show in the area this year will be on post the night of July 4th. The bad news though, no day-long celebration on the Main Post Parade Field.

“Here’s the good news: Fort Bragg will celebrate July 4th with the only fireworks show in the area!!!” the installation announced on its Facebook page. “Here’s even MORE good news: For your safety, we’ll follow COVID-19 guidelines.”

Unfortunately, it came with a couple pieces of bad news. No full day of celebrations this year, and gate access is still restricted. But being the only fireworks in the area this year, after Fayetteville and Hope Mills canceled their planned shows, it’s probably worth the inconvenience.

“Here’s the bad news: Because of the second good news, we will not host our traditional July 4th Celebration on the Main Post Parade Field. Here’s even MORE bad news: Fort Bragg remains at 100% ID check for gate access. Non DOD ID cardholders or those without a valid visitor pass will not be authorized access to the installation.”

Fort Bragg, N.C.

Leave and Pass Policy As we begin to lock in our travel plan... s for the 4th of July long weekend, here's some good news for you. Company/Battery/Troop/Detachment commanders are the approving authority for all leaves and passes, both local and non-local.

From Fort Bragg MWR:

Our Fireworks Show will start at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 4th. For optimal viewing of the show, we recommend viewing from one of the following parking lots:

• North Post PX
• Education Center
• Callahan Physical Fitness Center
• Leadership and Workforce Development
• Cleland Ice Rink
• FORSCOM Headquarters (behind the building)
• Ryder Golf Course
• Main Post Theatre
• Womack Army Medical Center

All parking lots will open at 7:30 p.m. We’ll have folks at each of these parking lots to help direct traffic. Each parking lot is furnished with port-a-lets, hand washing stations and trashcans.

In order to maintain social distancing, every other parking space will be utilized. Please wear your facial covering when unable to maintain social distancing!

These items are prohibited:

Fireworks simulcast can be seen on our Facebook page,

Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.