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2019 Warner Robins Independence Day Celebration: What you need to know

We are less than a week away from the Independence Day Celebration and we're answering some important questions

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — The Fourth of July is right around the corner and that means it's almost time for the annual Warner Robins Independence Day Celebration at McConnell-Talbert Stadium. 

13WMAZ spoke to the Warner Robins Police Department to find out what you need to know before you arrive.

TIME

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert will start at 7:20 p.m. starting with opener Rebecca Howell of Cochran. Then, Better Than Ezra will take the stage. Fireworks will begin at 9:50 p.m. The event is free, so no tickets are required. 

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SECURITY

"Warner Robins Fire, Houston County Sheriff's Office, Houston County Fire, Houston County Medical Center EMS, [and] Georgia State Patrol help us out," said Acting Police Chief John Wagner.

LAYOUT

Wagner says due to Warner Robins High School getting a new gym, things will be a little different this year.

"The stage is still in the same place. The vendor world place... the vendor world versus the porta-potty area is just swapped around," Wagner said.

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WHAT YOU CAN'T BRING

Before you can get inside, Wagner says they'll be searching bags for any prohibited items.

Credit: Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau

If you do plan on coming to the concert, here are a few things you cannot bring: drones, pets, unsealed water bottles, and hard-sided coolers. 

"Please make sure when you are bringing things in that you are bringing the soft-sided coolers. If you are bringing drinks in, they are sealed. No glass," said Wagner. "Diaper bags are allowed of course, [and] any medical bags you have with your insulin, things like that. Small chairs, small umbrellas."

PARKING

This year, there will be at least 10 off-site locations where you can park before the party starts:

  • Union Grove Baptist Church Field
  • C.B. Watson School - Handicap/VIP ONLY
  • Warner Robins High School - Pickup/Dropoff/Uber/Lyft
  • Pearl Stephens School Area
  • Rumble Academy
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church Complex
  • Robins Federal Credit Union
  • Middle Georgia State University
  • Commercial Circle Area
  • City of Warner Robins Municipal Complex
Credit: Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau

Two roads will be closed for the event:

  • 3 p.m. – Demon Valley Drive will close to all vehicular traffic to accommodate parking
  • 9:45 p.m. – South Davis drive will close during the fireworks show

"Please, if you are looking for a handicapped parking space, those places fill up quickly. You cannot roll up right before the concert starts and expect to have a spot right there," Wagner said. 

Got any other questions? Email them to news@13wmaz.com

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