Then and Now: The Fort Bragg Fourth of July Celebration

Fort Bragg July 4 Celebration | Fayetteville, NC

The Fourth of July is just around the corner and we here at Bryan Honda, along with those in our community, are lucky to be located just 30 minutes away from one of the biggest celebrations in our area — the Fort Bragg Fourth of July celebration.

Every year, Fort Bragg puts on an incredible event that combines live music, military demonstrations, and fireworks to make it a night you won’t forget. Plus, this celebration gives you the opportunity to celebrate our independence alongside those that currently work to protect our freedom.

This celebration has managed to make a name for itself by offering patriotic celebrations and great live musical performances. In the past, performers have included The Kinleys, Josh Turner, the 82nd Airborne Division All American Band, the Charlie Daniels Band, and Trace Atkins.

Now, you can join in the celebration at this year’s celebration. The 2019 Fourth of July event will take place on Thursday, July 4th beginning at 3 p.m. at the Main Post Parade Field and is free and open to the public.

Take the time to enjoy some delicious food and beverage, while listening to the music of The Fifth and 3 Doors Down. You can even witness parachute free-fall demonstrations and the popular flag ceremony before finally celebrating our nation’s independence with a fireworks display.

At Bryan Honda, the Fort Bragg Fourth of July Celebration is one of our favorite annual events. Don’t miss it!

Celebrate Your Dad at Fayetteville Father’s Day Crab Feast

Crab Feast | Fayetteville, NC

What better way can you think of to express your love and gratitude for the father or father figure in your life than a heaping plate of fresh crab? At the 2019 Fayetteville Father’s Day Crab Feast, you can get that very thing and share an experience that your dad will not soon forget.

The 2nd Annual Fayetteville Father’s Day Crab Feast emanates from the John D. Fuller, Sr. Recreational/Athletic Complex on June 15. The cost of admission is $32 for adults and $10 for children, and the return on investment is quite significant — you’ll be able to get all the fresh blue crab you can eat as well as a side of fish and chips. Pair that with the lively, festive atmosphere and plenty of chances to reminisce about days gone by, and you’ve got a recipe for a memorable Father’s Day.

You’ll have your choice of two times if you want to attend the Fayetteville Father’s Day Crab Feast: noon or 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at EventBrite. Once you’ve bought the tickets, all you need to bring is your dad and your appetites — and maybe a bib.

If you really want to drive home how much your dad means to you this Father’s Day, why not get him a new Honda? Bring him into Bryan Honda and we’ll help him drive away in the car, truck, or SUV of his dreams.

Important Spring Car Maintenance Tips for Your Honda

Spring Cleaning Tips - Fayetteville, NC

Part of car ownership is taking care of your vehicle. There are a few things that should be done at the beginning of each season. The following are some spring car maintenance tips that will help you keep your car running as smoothly as possible as the weather warms up.

Spring clean, inside and out. Give your car a good scrub down both in and out. Throw away any trash you’ve gathered over the past cold months, vacuum, and wipe down the inside. On the outside, make sure you wash and wax every inch — including the undercarriage.

Check your tires. Warmer weather can cause the air in your tires to expand. This, along with an abundance of potholes popping up as the weather gets warmer, can really do a number on your tires. Check your tires’ pressure and tread. If their pressure is outside of the manufacturer’s range – which can be found in your owner’s manual — then fill or deflate your tires accordingly. Also, if the tread on your tires are balding, make sure you get your tires replaced.

Change your windshield wipers. After a harsh winter for North Carolina, your windshield wipers have undergone a lot of pressure. Now that the weather’s warmer — and getting rainier by the day — you should switch out your wipers for new ones. This will make sure your visibility as you drive is the best it can be.

Remember routine maintenance. Every few thousand miles, you should be getting your oil changed. If you put this off during the cold weather of winter, now is the time to get your car’s oil changed. It will keep your car running smoothly throughout the warmer weather.

For the greatest peace of mind, you should leave spring maintenance to us. Schedule a service appointment at Bryan Honda and we’ll ensure your car gets the care it deserves.

Make Your Springtime Destination Lake Rim Park

Spring Activities - Fayetteville, NC

Spring is finally here, which means it’s time to start thinking about where you can go to enjoy this season’s beautiful weather. At Bryan Honda, we would like to recommend heading over to Lake Rim Park, a lovely local park with a range of activities to enjoy.

Get competitive. Gather some friends and meet up at Lake Rim Park to enjoy some fun in the beautiful spring weather. The park has a range of sport fields and courts, ranging from tennis and sand volleyball courts to soccer and baseball fields. Whether you’re playing a game of pickup or want to practice your penalty shot, this park is a great place to do so.

Enjoy nature. With its location nestled next to Bone Creek, the park has plenty of natural beauty to enjoy. Set out on one of its numerous walking trails, including the one-mile border trail that goes through the wetlands. There is even a fresh water marsh area that is home to a range of local flora and fauna, so keep an eye out as you walk.  

Have fun with your kids. With multiple playgrounds available for kids of all ages, Lake Rim Park is a good place to go if your kids need to run off some energy. The park also has picnic areas and horseshoe pits so you can enjoy a cookout to make a whole day of your visit there.

Before you head to Lake Rim Park for a nice picnic with family and friends, you’ll need a ride. Check out our roomy SUV, crossovers and the Sienna minivan at Bryan Honda.

Fayetteville Ballpark Named SEGRA Stadium

Fayetteville ballpark

Spring is just on the horizon, which means it’s time to start thinking about America’s favorite pastime: baseball. Luckily for us here in Fayetteville, we have our own local minor league team to root for. The Fayetteville Woodpeckers are back in town after a 17-year absence, and they have a brand-new stadium, which will be called the SEGRA stadium.

Named after one of the largest independent bandwidth companies in the United States, the $40 million ballpark will act as a premium sports venue for the area. It will be outfitted with Wi-Fi and will have a bar in the outfield that will offer live music, lounge seating, corn hole, and more. You can even attend a game in one of the six luxury suites or four field boxes to give you a premium baseball experience.

Those with little ones will be happy to know that there will also be multiple kids’ zones to keep little ones entertained, and foodies will rejoice in knowing that all concession stands will have unique, original food options with branding that takes influence from Fayetteville and nearby Fort Bragg.

The stadium is set to open up in April, so make sure your Honda is ready to be packed up so you can haul whatever you need to the next ball game. And if you don’t have one, we’ll get you sorted at Bryan Honda!

3 Romantic Places in Fayetteville

Romantic Places in Fayetteville

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – have you thought about where you’re going to take your loved one yet? Here are three romantic places in Fayetteville you can bring your love to for a lovely night out.

Antonella’s Italian Ristorante

Located on Hay Street is Antonella’s Italian Ristorante, which focuses on creating delicious Southern Italian-based dishes and giving you an exceptional dining experience. You can dine by candlelight with your loved one, while enjoying a beautiful bottle of wine to make this Valentine’s Day as romantic as you can.

Pierro’s Italian Bistro

Exposed brick walls, vintage hardwood floors, and a diverse wine list make Pierro’s Italian Bistro the perfect romantic night out with your loved one. Its rustic Italian menu ranges from pasta dishes and brick-oven pizzas to specialty entrees scrumptious desserts. With three locations across Fayetteville, you can find a Pierro’s close to you.

Circa 1800

Circa 1800 offers a relaxed atmosphere for your next date night. It focuses on offering a farm-to-table experience, making sure to use products that come from Fayetteville and the surrounding areas. If you love trying new craft beers, then this is the place to check out thanks to its ever-changing draft beer list – all of which come from North Carolina breweries. For a laidback night out on the town with your sweetheart, Circa 1800 is the place to go.

Is there another romantic place you’d like us to know about at Bryan Honda? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

Marbles Kids Museum: A Fun Weekend Day Trip for Your Family

Marbles Kids Museum

In winter, it can be a bit difficult to find ways to entertain your children. That’s why you should consider hopping into your family-friendly Honda CR-V and heading over to Marbles Kids Museum for some fun. Here’s what you can expect once you’re there.

A day of hands-on discovery. Marbles has a number of exhibitions that are sure to spark your child’s imagination. Help them express themselves through art in the Art Loft or nurture their inner engineer in the IdeaWorks area. You can even help them establish healthy money habits early on in MoneyPalooza.

Help your children experience grown-up life. For many kids, there’s nothing better than pretending to be an adult. That’s where Marbles’ Around Town exhibit comes into play. This exhibit allows young children to grocery shop and cook up a storm in its play kitchen and store; go to the vet’s office with their favorite stuffed animal; and check out a play fire truck.

The larger-than-life IMAX® experience. Become one with a movie at North Carolina’s only certified 3D-capable giant screen. Marbles IMAX® will immerse you in the world of the film you’re watching. The museum offers a number of educational documentaries and a number of Hollywood blockbusters as well.

Before you head out to the Marbles Kid Museum, however, consider treating your kids to a little automotive wonder at Bryan Honda, where you can find some of the most family-friendly vehicles in the industry!

Visit the Holiday Lights in the Garden Event at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Holiday Lights in the Garden

Holiday Lights in the Garden

Looking for a fun holiday event for the whole family? Check out the Holiday Lights in the Garden. This local event is held at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden from November 30 to December 2, December 7 to 9, December 14 to 16, and December 19 to 23 each night from 5:30 PM to 9 PM. You can see fabulous lights, plants, and more.

According to the Cape Fear Botanical Garden, in addition to lights you can also follow the Polar Express-themed activities and decorations. The Cape Fear Botanical Gardens have grown since it was opened in 1989, becoming an important part of Fayetteville, NC. The Holiday Lights in the Garden is just one of the many holiday-themed events you’ll find.

The Holiday Lights in the Garden are synchronized to music that plays throughout the gardens, and you can also take a caroling hayride, sit with Santa, and roast S’mores over the fire pit.

Other than the lights, you can also visit the Garden to see the wreath-making workshop on November 28 from 6 PM to 8 PM. The materials and tools will be provided, and it’s perfect for teens and adults. There’s also Yoga (provided through the YMCA of Sandhills), which is hosted on November 28 from 6 PM to 7 PM.

Holiday Lights in the Garden is one of Bryan Honda’s favorite local events. Don’t miss it!

A Dickens Holiday was a Local Success

A Dickens Holiday

A Dickens Holiday

Charles Dickens composed what is perhaps the most famous holiday story of all time, A Christmas Carol, in 1843. Featuring characters such as Scrooge and Tiny Tim, the story has now become a holiday classic. Fayetteville recently hosted A Dickens Holiday event on Friday, November 23, featuring performers, foods, and crafts that went to benefit local charities.

At the event, according to the Arts Council, you could visit Annie’s Alehouse to experience a Victorian pub-like atmosphere with music, beer, wine, and cider. There was also the Gingerbread Community of Hope to benefit the Habitat for Humanity, while a team of artists worked with attendees to create Victorian headpieces.

If you didn’t have a chance to visit A Dickens Holiday this year, you can be sure that it will return next year. This year marked the nineteenth-annual celebration of the famous English author and his works, so next year will mark a momentous two decades of events.

Other events included Queen Victoria carriage rides, dance groups, a candlelight procession, and a special “Dickens After dark” event after 9 PM. You could come to finish the fun day with a hot cider and warm gingerbread while the Celtic group Barrowburn performed. In short, it was truly unforgettable.

If you missed A Dickens Holiday — bummer! Fortunately, there are plenty of other great events to attend in Fayetteville, such as Holiday Lights in the Garden. Learn more at Bryan Honda!

Have Some Family Fun in Fayetteville

Family In Car

Family In Car

Before your family finds yourself in the thick of the school year, there is still some time left for some adventurous outing. If you are looking for some family fun in Fayetteville, there are plenty of options to choose from.

  • Fascinate U Children’s Museum. Located right here in Fayetteville, this museum features plenty of hands-on activities that are sure to keep you kids excited and engaged all day long. You will likely spend an hour or more in the Mini City where kids are in charge.
  • Mountasia Fantasy Golf and Games. For fun the whole family can enjoy, play a game of mini golf. There are two 18-hole courses to choose from.
  • Go Fun Fun Fun Entertainment Center. Play a game of Lazer Tag, improve your swing in the batting cages, or have an adventure playing putt-putt golf. There is plenty of fun for everyone.
  • Fantasy Lake. Nothing beats a day of water play when it is so hot outside. Fantasy Lake is a man made lake with lots of water slides and other adventures that make a big splash.
  • Aloha Safari Zoo. This unique zoo focuses on rescuing animals to give them a second change on life. Your kids can see camels, bears, zebra, and tigers. The petting zoo area features sweet barn animals.

Before you head out on your family adventure, you’ll need a safe family vehicle. Find one at Bryan Honda!