“Thunder on the Hooch” has ended its 13-year run, but another group is poised to launch a new Fourth of July tradition for the region. The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center will host a full day of entertainment, food and family fun with a distinct All-American flavor.
“A Patriotic Fourth” kicks off at 11am on Thursday, July 4 with live performances of ceremonial, rock and Latin music by the Maneuver Center of Excellence Bands. Country singer/songwriter Tim Maggart takes the stage at 2pm, backed by the Neal Lucas Band. Maggart, an Army veteran who was stationed at Fort Benning, will also debut the video for his latest release, “A Link (in the Chain of Freedom).” Footage for the video was taped at the Infantry Museum. Local bands Lady Jayne and Cedar Creek round out the musical entertainment.
Reenactors will man a Civil War exhibit on display exclusively for the event and provide some old-school “fireworks” by firing a pair of cannons each hour. The World War II Company Street and Memorial Walk of Fame will be open for guests to take self-guided tours. Inside the IMAX Theater, historic newsreels, period cartoons and the Tim Maggart music video will be showing on the state-of-the-art screen. Pint-size patriots can enjoy a “bounce house,” face painting and other kid-friendly activities.
Vendors will be on site serving Fourth of July fare like barbecue plates, hot dogs and ice cream. The Fife and Drum restaurant and IMAX concession stand will also be open. The action wraps up at 5pm, giving guests ample time to head toward Phenix City for the amphitheatre concert and fireworks display. “Patriotic Fourth” sponsors include Aflac, The Amos-Cheves Foundation, Global Payments, TSYS, W.C. Bradley, Jay Auto, The Hughston Clinic and St. Francis Hospital: WTVM serves as media sponsor.