The Air Force Academy is the "place to be" for fun and fireworks in the Colorado Springs area Sunday as the Academy celebrates the...

By Staff Sgt. Don Branum

Academy Public Affairs

The Air Force Academy is the “place to be” for fun and fireworks in the Colorado Springs area Sunday as the Academy celebrates the United States’ 234th birthday at the athletic fields here.
The celebration will start at 4 p.m., with food, games, vendors and static displays, followed by a performance by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. and the Air Force Academy Band from 8:15 to 9:30 p.m. Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. To reach the athletic fields, take Exit 156B from Interstate 25. Once you are on base, head straight on Academy Drive. The athletic fields are on the left, about ½ mile past the overlooks.
“We are bringing the fireworks show back to Colorado Springs,” the Academy Band’s Master Sgt. Steven Przyzycki said in an interview with the Gazette June 25. Colorado Springs canceled its fireworks celebrations this year and last year due to budget constraints.
Visitors may bring cameras, lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas and sealed plastic water bottles. Not allowed are coolers, barbecue grills, pets other than working service dogs. Visitors also may not bring their own fireworks.
To accommodate the increased traffic Sunday, everyone entering the North Gate after 4 p.m. will be directed to the athletic fields and required to park there, according to 10th Security Forces Squadron officials. Academy personnel who need to reach the Community Center, base housing and other areas on the Academy must enter and exit through the South Gate and turn left onto Pine Drive at the tri-intersection of Stadium and South Gate boulevards and Pine Drive to avoid expected traffic delays on Stadium Boulevard.
Base housing residents and military ID cardholders may park in the upper Harmon Hall parking lot and at the Visitor Center to watch the fireworks show. Personnel entering the base through the South Gate should immediately move into the left lane of traffic to avoid possible congestion at the tri-intersection. Community Center Drive, Academy Drive and Parade Loop will be blocked west of Stadium Boulevard.
Transportation from Falcon Stadium to the fireworks show will be available for housing residents, military ID cardholders and visitors entering through the South Gate. To reach the Falcon Stadium parking areas from the Pine Drive ECP, follow Pine Drive until you reach Community Center Drive and turn right, then continue on Community Center Drive until you reach Douglass Drive. Turn left onto Douglass Drive, follow it until you reach Road 402, then turn right onto Road 402.

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