Augusta residents who live near Fort Gordon can expect to hear loud cannon explosions tonight and next week, when the Army post begins to make preparations for its annual Independence Day extravaganza.
The blasts are expected to sound in the vicinity of the two-mile track near the Fort Gordon Post Exchange, where the Installation Support Detachment will be conducting cannon firing practice from 8:30 to 10:15 p.m. Thursday and Monday, Fort Gordon spokesman Buz Yarnell said in a news release.
Fort Gordon’s Annual Independence Day celebration has become a staple in the Augusta area, with as many as 35,000 people turning out each year for fireworks, band concerts and carnivals.
This year’s festivities will be held Wednesday on Barton Field. A carnival will open at 3 p.m., with military displays, craft and food vendors, live entertainment, water and carnival rides and fest tent seating.
A live concert will start at 7 p.m. with The Swingin’ Medallions, followed by the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band at 8:30 p.m. and fireworks beginning at dark.
Because of the huge crowds that attend the event, Yarnell strongly encouraged visitors to come early to minimize traffic delays at the gates.
Gates1, 2 and 5 will be open to the public starting at 6 p.m. Gate 3 will be open to outbound traffic only from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Guests must present a picture ID (such as a driver’s license), vehicle registration and proof of insurance.