America’s favorite holiday is almost here, so it’s time to decide how you plan on spending it. There’s no better way to celebrate our independence than alongside fellow Americans and community members, so throw on your red, white, and blue and celebrate July 4th around Fayetteville this year. Here are two local events we strongly recommend.
Fort Bragg Fourth of July Celebration: On the day that America celebrates its birthday and independence, there’s no better place to celebrate than at the nation’s largest military installation. The Fort Bragg Fourth of July Celebration includes live musical performances, including performances by the 82nd Airborne Division All American Rock Band, parachute demonstrations, a patriotic flag ceremony and playing of the national anthem, and a spectacular fireworks show. The event is free and takes place at the Main Post Parade Field, which is located in Fort Bragg’s historic district.
Hope Mills’ July 4th Celebration: Head to Hope Mills this July 4th to celebrate the holiday. The celebration begins with a patriotic parade in the morning, continues in the afternoon with the annual Party in the Park with live music, food, and games for the whole family, and ends with a breathtaking fireworks show that beings at 9:15pm.
If you need a ride to the nearest 4th of July festivities, look no further than Bryan Honda!
A new homeless shelter opened in Fayetteville, North Carolina, earlier this month on March 14 and has proven especially helpful to local homeless men on cold nights. The shelter is made possible by Operation Inasmuch, an active non-profit in the community.
The 6500-square-foot facility has been in the works for three years, according to CBS North Carolina news, and its impressive quality shows that. The Inashmuch shelter was funded by the local community and has 40 beds, six bathrooms with hot showers, a kitchen, and a laundry room.
The homeless staying in the shelter are impressed with its quality and the opportunities it provides, letting them know about job opportunities like cashiering and truck driving as well as letting them wash their clothes and shower so they’re presentable for job interviews.
Stacy Sanders, who works with the county sheriff and has an office right in the homeless facility, is the go-to Fayetteville resident when it comes to the homeless population and has worked with the homeless for 13 years.
The shelter is open seven days a week, and they’re looking for volunteers, so if you’d like to help out, let them know. The staff of Bryan Honda are proud to be part of a community that supports people down on their luck with facilities and projects like Inasmuch.
Fayetteville is packed with fun things to do for the holidays, but if you’re stumped on where to go to get into the spirit of Christmas, why don’t you check out the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens? Just in time for Christmas, the Gardens have put up stunning displays for their Holiday Lights event, so you can enjoy the sights all through December up until December 30th, when the last evening for the show concludes at 9pm.
This is Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s sixth year in a row hosting the Holiday Lights event and festivities, transforming all the plants and trees on display in the Gardens into sparkling visions of Christmas lights. Enjoy thousands of displays along a mile-long path with the whole family to embrace holiday festivities and the outdoors. You can purchase tickets online to save money or buy tickets at the door.
You can conclude your adventure through the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens by enjoying arts and crafts for kids, taking photos with Santa Claus, roasting s’mores over an open firepit, and searching through the gift shop for a souvenir or gift. No matter what, the Holiday Lights event is sure to become a tradition with lasting memories for you and your family.
Many cities now have their own variation of a “taste of” event where they celebrate the local cuisine and business of the area. Fayetteville is celebrating its seventh year in a row of the Taste of Fayetteville event, where local businesses unite to provide sample sizes of their food to lure in potential patrons. It’s a great way for guests of the event to try something new and discover restaurants in their area they didn’t even know about.
Taking place on Sunday, October 9th in Festival Park, Taste of Fayetteville is a free entry, rain-or-shine event. You have to buy tickets in order to exchange them for food, however, with ticket prices being only $1 per ticket – though vendors can charge anywhere from 1 to 4 tickets for a taste of their food, so budget accordingly. You can pre-buy tickets online, or you can buy on-site – however, if you choose to buy tickets at the event, keep in mind it’s cash only! There will be ATMs available at the park.
Taste of Fayetteville will also be providing a Kids Zone for the little ones, as well as live musical acts for entertainment. The event will run from 12 PM until 6 PM, so be prepared for a full day of trying out all the great food the region has to offer.
Hop in the car and explore the Fayetteville area. With tons of events and activities, you’re bound to find something the whole family will enjoy. This includes things like the Art Attack and the Downtown Farmers’ Market. These Fayetteville events and activities are just some of the many occurring in the region.
According to the Downtown Alliance, the Fayetteville Art Attack takes place on Wednesdays at the Rock Shop (128 S King Street). Admission is just $2 for those 21 and older, and $5 for those under 21. You can see some of the best art in the area, some of which includes performances by talented musicians. There is hip hop, acoustic music, poets, and more. Stop by to see at 6:00pm to see what’s happening in the art community in Fayetteville.
You should also drive down to the Downtown Farmers’ Market. Featuring fresh and locally grown produce, you can shop for everything from wine to vegetables. You can also find arts and crafts on occasion, as well as information on local vendors. Stop by from 2:00pm to 6:00pm around the Local History Museum.
These are just some of the many events in the area. A new car can provide you with an opportunity to get out and see the best of Fayetteville. Plus, with ample parking, you won’t have a problem finding a spot.
As school heads back in session, you might feel like the summer is over. But, it’s not! There is still fun to be had. Here are some great summer events near Fayetteville that you can still add to your calendar without too much planning.
Downtown Farmers Market. Every Wednesday from 2-6 pm and Saturday from 9am-1pm, head to the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History museum for goods from local artisans, locally grown produce, and more.
Fayetteville After Five. On August 26th at Festival Park, hear some great live music, eat some delicious food, and have a lot of fun. The gates open at 5pm, with music beginning at 6:30pm. This event is a fundraiser for the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival.
Dueling Pianos Garden Dinner. If you want to participate in a hilarious evening event for a good cause, be sure to get tickets for this. It will be held on August 27th at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. This comedy piano show will include lots of audience participation. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance as you cannot pay at the door.
Heritage Square Tours. On Sunday, September 4th from 1-4 pm, get a tour of some of Fayetteville’s most historic locations, including the Sanford House, the Oval Ballroom, and the Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House.