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New location for JBLM Armed Forces Day Community Celebration

Free event open to the public May 19

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This year's Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Armed Forces Day Community Celebration will take place at Heritage Park on JBLM - McChord Field from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 19. This marks the first time since becoming a joint base Oct. 1, 2010, that the event will be held at McChord Field. The day is jam-packed with fun activities the whole family will love and is a great way to celebrate our military heritage. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

The Volksmarch and bicycle ride begins with registration at 9 a.m. on the corner of 5th St. next to the airpark. The Heritage Hill Airpark is the site for all the attractions and activities. There will be carnival rides, live music, entertainment, a climbing wall, and both food and craft vendors. For military history buffs look for displays, reenactments and displays of military aircraft, vehicles and equipment.

A special thank you to these units for providing military static displays and servicemembers to support Armed Forces Day: America's First Corps, 7th Infantry Division, 593rd ESC, 555 EN BDE, 17th FA BDE, 42nd MP BDE, 1st SFG, 2/75th Ranger Regiment, 4/160th SOAR, 62d AW, 446 AW, 1st ASOG, 1st Weather Squadron, 22nd STS, 361st RCS, 373rd TRS, 627 Air Base Group, 5th ASOS, Air National Guard and Western Air Defense.

Access and Parking Information

Guests without an installation access pass should enter JBLM - McChord Field through the North gate, located at the intersection of South Tacoma Way and 112th St.

Vehicles will be directed to a parking area and occupants will be bussed to and from the event site.  Due to security checks expect some delays when entering the base.

  • All vehicles entering the installation are subject to inspection. Civilian vehicles that are selected for inspection will be directed to the inspection area. Vehicles cleared for entry to the base will be directed to a parking area for shuttle bus rides to and from the event site.
  • Drivers must present a valid license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance
  • Passengers ages 16 and older must present a government-issued photo ID


  • Visitors may not bring weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, fireworks, or pets onto the base.
  • Marijuana is illegal on JBLM.
  • Military ID card holders may not bring any of these items to the event.
  • Medical alert and medical assistance animals are permitted.

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