SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas_ Sheppard Air Force Base has been planning Freedom Fest 2015 for months, and now it's almost time for all of that hard work to pay off.
Sheppard AFB's Freedom Fest is Saturday, July 4, and the group behind it all is making sure they have everything in order, so the weekend goes off without any problems. It's not an easy task, but the base is all in for the celebration of America's birthday.
"The entire team has been working hard," said Lt. Col. Jeff White. "I think about half of the base is pouring their heart and souls into making this a world class product for the entire community."
The event is expected to draw thousands of people to celebrate America's birthday. As the final touches are put on, there are some changes you can expect to see this weekend.
"The new, this year, is that all of the food vendors will be located in one centralized location so there is actually a preview or a menu aspect to everything available to eat or drink in one location," said Becky Clement , SAFB Outdoor Recreation director.
The parking will be a bit different this year because of construction on the Missile Road entrance.
"All the traffic's going to be coming through the Hospital Gate this year. So, our apologies for the minor inconvenience there," said Lt. Col. White. "But, our parking area's going to be the same as last year. We encourage everyone to come out, because it's free parking and free transportation to the event."
Buses will be taking people to the event, so there will not be a long walk to or from the fun.
The one thing you won't notice as the fireworks light up the sky at 10:02 p.m. is that hundreds of people worked for months to get ready for Saturday.
"The Sheppard team involved combined all the way around is all hands in," said Clement. Whether it's a holiday, a day off or not, we all make sure we make it happen. The relationship with downtown and making sure we can provide an environment for the downtown community to come on the installation and enjoy what we consider as part of our American heritage."
"I tell ya, this is the biggest event going on in Texoma that day. So, the Fourth of July, we are going to have lots of food, lots of fireworks and lots of fun at this location," said Lt. Col. White.
If you would like to see what you can and cannot bring on base, and all other information for Freedom Fest, click here.