This year’s FreedomFest hosted by Fort Polk will feature live country and rock music performances and the largest fireworks show in west central Louisiana.

As in the past, the event at Headquarters Field is free and open to the public.

Gates open on Saturday, June 30 at 3:30 p.m. and shuttles will begin running at that time.

The Molly Ringwalds, who hail from Sheffield, England, and are known for their makeup and teased hair while showcasing the music of the 1980s, kick-off the music, followed by LOCASH, an up-and-coming country music duet that was known in the industry for their songwriting abilities before taking their vocal talents to the stage.

The Molly Ringwalds’ performance will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by LOCASH at 6 p.m., a Salute to the Nations at 7:20 p.m., and 3 Doors Down at 8:30 p.m.

Best known for their songs "Kryptonite," "When I'm Gone" and "Here Without You," 3 Doors Down brings a high-energy contemporary rock sound that will lead to a dynamic fireworks show that promises to light up the sky over Fort Polk.

“We are really excited to return to Fort Polk,” said Molly Ringwalds’ Lead Vocalist Devin Nooner. “We’ve performed on the base before and it was an awesome time. We’re glad to be back”

Deriving their name from popular ‘80s actress Molly Ringwald, the group has been playing classic 80s rock and pop hits to nostalgic fans and a new generation as well.

Nooner believes that regardless of the time period there are some things about ‘80s pop culture and music that still resonates with people today.

“To me I think if you look at the movie The Breakfast Club, you find that the issues that those kids face are things that kids go through today as well. I think the music of the time had such a cool look and energy to it that everyone can have a good time with it. That’s what we try to bring to these performances.”

The Molly Ringwalds have a deep catalogue of classic 80s covers. The wide variety of artists they cover include Guns ‘N’ Roses, Michael Jackson, Motley Crue, Prince and Queen just to name a few.

“We have a lot of the classics that we do in our sets, and I’m really excited about some new songs we’ve been practicing,” he said.

FreedomFest parking for those without Department of Defense ID cards will be at Honor Field along La. Hwy. 10. Directional signs on both north and south U.S. Hwy. 171 will direct you to designated shuttle bus parking. From Hwy. 171, turn on Hwy. 10 -- Honor Field is about two miles after the turn.

At Honor Field, military police will be on-site to assist with parking and catching the correct shuttle bus, according to information in a press release from Fort Polk’s Public Affairs Office.

Shuttle buses are air-conditioned. When you arrive at Honor Field, please have a government/state issued ID card for anyone over the age of 16.

All persons entering a federal installation are subject to search.

If you need handicapped parking, please use Fort Polk's main gate off Hwy. 171. Limited handicapped parking will be available on-site at Headquarters Field. All shuttle bus locations will have handicapped parking.

DoD ID card holders can access Fort Polk from any gate. You will be directed to the nearest shuttle bus parking lots. Parking is located at Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, Allen Memorial Library/Education Center, Fort Polk Commissary and Exchange and the Mission Training Center.

Shuttle buses begin running at 3:30 p.m. from all areas.

Also on hand at the event will be food vendors and military displays.

For more information call (337) 531-4271 or visit www.polk.armymwr.com.