At Newschannel 6, we've been talking about it for what seems like weeks. Sheppard Air Force Base has planned it for months. Now, Freedom Fest 2015 is heading into the home stretch and getting ready to light the fuse.
The final touches are underway. Freedom Fest is this Saturday and the brain trust behind it all is making sure they have all their ducks in a row, so the weekend goes off without any problems. It's not an easy task and the logistics are simply amazing, but the base is all in for the celebration of America's birthday.
"The entire team has been working hard," said Lt. Colonel 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."
It is expected to draw thousands of people, all to a secure military facility, and all 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 SAFB Outdoor Recreation Director Becky Clement.
The parking will be a bit different this year also because of construction on the Missile Road entrance.
"All the traffic's going to be coming thru the Hospital Gate this year. So, our apologies for the minor inconvenience there," said Lt. Colonel White. "But, our parking area's going to be the same as last year, but 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 when you are "oooing and ahhing" as the big fireworks pop, 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 4th of July, we are going to have lots of food lots of fireworks and lots of fun at this location," said Lt. Colonel White.
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