While Fort Hood has traditionally played host to festivities and fireworks for July Fourth, this year will be different due to the ongoing pandemic.
Only the fireworks show will be available this year as COVID-19 continues to rattle the U.S. Hood Stadium will not be open for the presentation this year, and spectators are requested to watch from the adjacent parking lot from the stadium or other outlying lots.
“We’re doing fireworks only, like a drive in theater,” Dr. Peter Craig, director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, said. “You come, you park, you turn your radio on to 101.7 and you can listen to it … and see it most anywhere on post or even off post.”
Craig said first-come, first-serve parking will be available around Hood Stadium, the Community Events Center, Military Clothing Sales, the Clear Creek Commissary and the Bowling Center. The stadium itself will be closed, but the restroom facilities will be open for those watching the fireworks from the stadium parking lot.
Also, unlike previous years, the installation will remain in its usual closed security status. Visitors will need to obtain a visitors pass from the Marvin Leath Visitors Welcome Center at the Main Gate
“It will not be an open post like traditional years,” he said “You’ve got to come early enough to get in.”
Protocols will also be in place in the parking areas in able to accommodate social distancing.
“It’s going to be every other spot down at the stadium. We’re going to have a detail down there telling people where they can park,” Craig said. “It’s vehicles, not RVs. It’s not the big celebration it used to be.”
DFMWR requests everyone to social distance, wear masks and try to keep their groups less than 10 or 15 people.
The Fort Hood Independence Day fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Beginning at 7 p.m., on-post parking areas will be available. Patriotic music will be provided by K Rock 101.7.
To access post, patrons must retain a valid Department of Defense ID card to enter at any access point or obtain a visitors pass from the Marvin Leath Visitors Welcome Center at the Main Gate. Live TV broadcasts will air on KXXV-25 and KWTX-10 at 9:30 p.m.