The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department would like to extend an invitation to all families, friends, Veterans and the general public to the Naval Station Great Lakes to be a part of the 2018 4th of July Celebration on historic Ross Field from 3 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3 and 3 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. All are invited to come out and celebrate our Nation's independence in a spectacular way with two full days of 'fire-cracking' festival fun at one of the biggest fourth of July celebrations in the area. On July 3, a full music line up on the Rock, White & Blue (RWB) main stage will feature this year’s headliner Theory of a Deadman, treating concert-goers to their masterful performance and riveting music. A RWB VIP package is available that includes exclusive access to the front row section of the Main Stage (www.mwrgl.com for full details). On both days, there is a main stage with national, regional and local bands performing and thrilling carnival rides and games; as well as an abundance of delicious festival food and refreshing beverages (from local area vendors).
Children of all ages will have plenty to do in the award-winning Kids Zone, featuring tons of exciting "hands on" activities including SeaPerch/Stem building, a petting zoo, an indoor rock wall, as well as a full line-up of live entertainment acts. Festival-goers will also enjoy bingo for prizes, pro wrestling, a paintball arena, military exhibits; plus roving performers and costumed characters that will be on site working the crowds! Both nights conclude with spectacular fireworks that will be choreographed to music. On July 3rd, the 'Rock, White and Blue' fireworks display will begin at 10:45 p.m., and on July 4th, visitors are promised a "must see" fireworks extravaganza that will begin at 9:30 p.m. The Naval Station Great Lakes is located off of Sheridan Rd. The festival offers free parking and no admission charge. Join in and celebrate our freedom and patriotism at this free, fun-for-all-ages, open to the public, Celebration on July 3 and 4. For details, go to www.mwrgl.com or visit the Naval Station Great Lakes 4th of July Facebook page.