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Armed Forces Day McChord Flightline

Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.– 6 p.m.

Heritage Hill, McChord Field


Armed Forces Day will be on Heritage Hill, McChord Field from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. The event is free and open to the public.

Come out and enjoy activities for all ages. Explore static military aircraft and vehicle displays, including infantry-carrying vehicles and weapons displays. See living history encampments representing military life in the past and ask questions to learn more about bygone eras of military field life.

Look for stage entertainment, roving entertainers, military dog demonstrations, games, food and craft vendors and more.

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General Public Entrance
The general public (those without DoD ID) must use the McChord Field Main Gate, I-5 exit 125, to enter the installation. Foreign nationals must stop at the Visitor Center to get cleared prior to advancing to the main gate. You will then be guided to the satellite parking area where you will take the free shuttle bus to the event site. Buses will run continuously throughout the event. Get picked up at the same drop-off location to return to your vehicle at the end of your visit. Note: Every person entering JBLM is subject to search.

DoD ID card holders may use any open gate to access the event. Live on Lewis Main? Take Unity Bridge.

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Stage Schedule

Coming soon!

Prohibited & Permitted Items

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is a U.S. Government federal installation.

Law enforcement will be present, and everyone will be subject to search. Prohibited items found will be confiscated and will not be returned.


  • NO DRUGS: Marijuana and illegal drugs are strictly prohibited on Federal installations.
  • NO CONCEALED WEAPONS: JBLM does not recognize any concealed weapons permits.
  • NO WEAPONS: Knives (of any sort or size), firearms (regardless of credential or CWP), scissors, tasers, stun guns, pepper spray/mace, pocket tools, box cutters, nunchakus, batons, toys that resemble guns, laser pointers, fireworks, ammunition, etc. 
  • NO WHEELS: Skateboards, skates, rollerblades, Heelys, scooters, bikes, hoverboards, Segways, electric unicycles, Onewheels, and the like are not permitted. 
  • NO PETS: Exception – Medical Service Dogs (certified, harnessed and leashed) and Military Working Dogs.
  • NO OUTSIDE FOOD: Food, coolers, cans/bottles, glass containers, alcohol or liquids are not permitted. Exception – baby food.
  • NO LARGE BAGS: Bags may be either clear stadium-approved plastic tote bags (not to exceed 12” x 12” x 6”) or school-size backpacks (not to exceed 20” x 15”). Exceptions: oxygen tanks.
  • NO LARGE LAWN CHAIRS: Standard-sized folding camping chairs are allowed but must be out of bags when searched.
  • NO TENTS, POP-UP CANOPY, AWNINGS or LARGE GOLF/BEACH UMBRELLAS: Exception – standard umbrellas not exceeding 40” (when opened) are allowed.
  • NO DRONES, FLYERS OR RADIO EQUIPMENT: Remote control aircraft, all flying/bouncing objects, balloons, spray paint and silly string are not permitted.
  • NO SMOKING except in designated areas. No marijuana vape concentrate.


  • WATER: Water in store-bought, unopened/sealed clear plastic bottles, empty refillable drink containers, and empty hydration pack (i.e., CamelBaks) are allowed. 
  • STROLLER, WHEELCHAIRS, ETC: Wheelchairs, walking aids, strollers and wagons are allowed. Strollers cannot exceed 31” x 52” and wagons cannot exceed 19” x 33”.
  • BABY ITEMS: Baby food, milk/formula, strollers, diaper bags are allowed. 
  • SERVICE DOGS: Only Medical Service Dogs are allowed (certified, harnessed and leashed).



Partner with us! For information on attending the event as a vendor, contact JBLM Special Events. Food vendors are now full. Limited craft vendor space is still available.



No federal endorsement implied.