GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria will host Independence Day festivities at the Tower Barracks Parade Field July 4.


The BOSS Bike and Car Show kicks off the celebration at 10 a.m. for a full day of excitement and family fun for all, with fireworks scheduled to go at 10:30 p.m.


Activities on the Parade Field start at 4 p.m. following the BOSS Bike and Car show. The other events include live DJ entertainment, the USO Show Troupe and the Rhinestone Cowboy group. Attendees will also enjoy food trucks, raffles, face painting, bounce castles, batting cages and so much more.


Besides a Morale, Welfare and Recreation booth, other private organizations will sell your favorite summertime Americana food: hot dogs, barbecue, pork sandwiches, popcorn, nachos, tamales and hamburgers. Only the MWR booth will sell beer.


Bring your tents, blankets, chairs and mini grills and enjoy the atmosphere of a hometown celebration. Please keep large tents/canopies to the side of the Parade Field. Coolers are allowed; however, glass bottles are not allowed.


Due to expected crowd and safety, pets are not allowed at this event.


There will be a missing child station at the event should families require assistance.


Entrance is free and open to all of our service members, families and civilian workers, including local national employees who may escort up to four guests. All individuals escorting guests in a vehicle must enter through Gate 6 and Gate 20, and visitors must have a valid host-nation ID or passport.


Gate information for the July 4 celebration:


  • As usual, the primary after-hours access control point for Tower Barracks is Gate 6


  • Rose Barracks Gate 2 inbound hours will be extended until midnight to allow Rose Barracks residents ONLY to return following the fireworks;


  • Tower Barracks Gate 1 hours will be extended until midnight for pedestrian inbound/outbound use only (pedestrians may escort up to four guests through this gate);


  • Tower Barracks Gate 3 outbound traffic will be extended until midnight;


  • Tower Barracks Gate 9 inbound-and-outbound vehicle traffic will be extended until midnight.


Shuttle service for the event will run between the Rose Barracks and Tower Barracks Exchanges approximately every hour beginning at 4:55 p.m. A shuttle service will also stop at Rose Barracks Bldg. 400 and Bldg. 603 beginning at 4:20 p.m. and running approximately every 80 minutes. The last shuttle will depart the Tower Barracks Exchange for both routes at 11 p.m.


Taxis will be available for hire during the event as well. More information on taxi services can be found at


For more information about the Tower Barracks event, visit the Grafenwoehr Family and MWR website.


For more information about the Hohenfels Independence Day activities, visit the Hohenfels Family and MWR website.


For more information about the Garmisch Independence Day activities, visit the Garmisch Facebook page.


Please remember that it’s against Army safety regulations to use personal fireworks on post, including installation housing and barrack areas. Also, most German communities have restrictions on fireworks as well.

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