There was electricity in the air as musical group Dru Hill took the stage Friday, July 1, on Fort Stewart’s Donavan Field, where the 3rd Infantry Division held its Fourth of July celebrations.
Before the show, FMWR Deputy Director Tyler Gierber said they expected 10,000 people to attend. He said they were thrilled to be able to welcome the community back to their annual concert after two years of modified festivities due to the pandemic. The event included more than 30 food vendors and plenty of free activities for children of all ages.
MG Charles D. Costanza, Commander of the 3rd ID, reminded the crowd of the prices that were paid for their freedoms, saying 25,000 soldiers from the 3rd ID died during World War II.
“And remember that right now, we have 3,800 soldiers deployed in eight different countries,” he said. “Don’t forget them this Fourth of July while you all celebrate.”
As Dru Hill performed, the crowd danced and sang. But as the night progressed, the weather took a turn for the worse.
Unfortunately, Trace Adkins wasn’t able to take the stage, as dark clouds and lightning moved into the area and stopped the show. The crowd of people were asked to leave and wait in their vehicles for the storm to blow over — but it turned out to be the end of the event.