Thursday Overview & Activities


Thursday - Welcome to Family Liberty Day at Parris Island
Time Event
0600-1600 (6AM-4PM) Douglas Visitors’ Center Open - please register upon arrival, Graduation Station 0600-1600 (6AM-4PM) Java Café 0600-1400 (6AM-2PM)
0600-2200 (6AM-10PM) Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) Open
0600-1800 (6AM-6PM) Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) Food Court Open
0700-1700 (7AM-5PM) Engraving Shop Opens
0700 (7AM) Motivational Run - Peatross Parade Deck
0800 (8AM) Depot Museum Opens
0800-0900 (8AM-9AM) Marine Corps 101 Brief at the Douglas Visitors’ Center
0815 (8:15AM) All Weather Training Facility (AWTF) Opens
0930-1000 (9:30AM-10AM) Battalion Commander’s Brief to Families & Liberty Ceremony (AWTF)
1000 (10AM) Liberty begins
1000-1500 (10AM-3PM) The Bunker opens (A family day gathering place)
1000-1400 (10AM-2PM) Marksmanship Training Unit Open House
1030-1300 (10:30AM-1PM) Family Day Buffet at the Lyceum
1400 (2PM) Warrior’s Prayer at the Recruit Chapel
1500 (3PM) Liberty ends
1600-1630 (4PM-4:30PM) Command Reception with Depot Command Members at the Lyceum
1630 (4:30PM) Command Welcome Remarks
1645 (4:45PM) Family Day Dinner with Depot Command at the Lyceum, pre-purchased tickets required

Activity Descriptions

Douglas Visitors’ Center (Java Café) Open 0600 (6AM).

Please sign in so your recruit knows you are here and check out our retail selection which includes official shirts, hats, souveniers and more.
Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) and Food Court Open 0600 (6AM).

Start your morning on Parris Island with a cup of Seattle’s Best coffee and breakfast at the Food Court. While you are there, visit our USMC gear area for a large selection of Official Marine Corps items.
Motivational Run 0700 (7AM).

A 2.7 mile run with the new Marines running in company formation from training battalion to training battalion calling cadence and ringing each battalion’s bell signifying their imminent departure from the Depot. The ringing of the bells is an old Naval tradition stemming from the ringing of the ship’s bell signifying each hour a Sailor was on watch.
Marine Corps 101 at the Douglas Visitors’ Center presented by L.I.N.K.S. 0800-0900 (8AM-9AM).

For those unable to attend the Wednesday morning session we are offering an encore presentation. This session offers an orientation to the Marine Corps lifestyle. We’ll highlight the history and traditions of the Marine Corps as well as the core values held by all Marines.
Note: due to graduation preparations we are unable to offer a tour with this session.
Battalion Commander’s Brief to Families and Liberty Ceremony (AWTF) 0930-1000 (9:30AM-10AM).

The Battalion Commander’s brief provides families with information about recruit training and the “rules of the road” for the new Marine’s 10 day leave after graduation. At its conclusion, the new Marines are granted on-base liberty until 1500 (3PM). This is the time when your new Marine will be able to share their experiences at recruit training. Please ensure that your Marine is back by 1445 (2:45PM) for the accountability formation.
Marksmanship Training Unit Open House at Weapons & Field Training Battalion 1000-1400 (10AM-2PM).

Join Marines from the Marksmanship Training Unit and discover how recruits receive formal instruction and hone the skills necessary to maintain and accurately fire the M16A2 Service Rifle on four live fire ranges.
Family Day Buffet at The Lyceum 1030-1300 (10:30AM-1PM).

No reservations required.

Liberty 1000-1500 (10AM-3PM).

The Parris Island Museum.

A focal point in assisting recruits’ understanding of the long and honored history and traditions of the Marine Corps. Marine families can also find inspiration from the stories portrayed here.
Warrior’s Prayer at the Recruit Chapel 1400 (2PM).

Join Chaplains from the Recruit Training Regiment as they provide a prayer of protection for new Marines and their families. Also learn about the significance of the stained glass windows within the Chapel.

Command Reception with Depot Command Members at The Lyceum 1600-1630 (4PM-4:30PM)

Join other families and members of the Commanding General's staff to share the excitement of the day. This Meet & Greet kicks off our Family Day Dinner with Depot Command, but is open to those who do not have dinner reservations. Attire is casual.

Family Day Dinner with Depot Command at The Lyceum by reservation only 1645 (4:45PM).

Meet members of the Commanding General’s Staff during this event. There is limited seating and reservations are required. Tickets are available online only. Don't miss the welcome remarks beginning at 1600 (4PM). Socializing with Marines and other families beforehand truly enhances the dinner experience (menu and pricing may vary seasonally). Attire is casual.

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