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Why Fort Jackson scrapped its annual July 4 celebration

Members of the United States Army watch fireworks at the 2016 Torchlight Tattoo and Fireworks display Saturday night at Fort Jackson Army Base.
Members of the United States Army watch fireworks at the 2016 Torchlight Tattoo and Fireworks display Saturday night at Fort Jackson Army Base. File photo

Columbia’s Fort Jackson, the largest Army training base in the country, will not host its traditional Torchlight Tattoo Fourth of July celebration this year.

“This year, Fort Jackson is taking a knee for Independence Day,” post spokesman Pat Jones said. “We just had the wrap-up of the yearlong centennial and it featured the Golden Knights, a free concert featuring Hunter Hayes and Kellie Pickler, and (topped) off by a huge fireworks display.”

The Torchlight Tattoo is typically one of the most popular July Fourth events in the Midlands.

It’s not clear how long it’s been since Fort Jackson did not host the Torchlight Tattoo.

“Not in my memory banks,” Jones said, “but when was the last time we had a centennial anniversary?”

A slew of other events around Columbia will celebrate the holiday. See a list here.

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