Celebrate July 4th Around Fayetteville This Year

July 4th

July 4th

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!

This Father’s Day, Teach Your Kids About Cars

 

teach your kids about cars

As a father, the greatest gift you can give to your children is to share the wisdom you’ve accumulated over the years. This Father’s Day, take the time to teach your kids about cars so they grow up to be smart, savvy drivers.

Basic car maintenance

Even before they start driving, every kid should learn some basic car maintenance. And who better to learn from than dad? Before driving lessons even start, make sure your child knows how to check fluid levels, properly inflate tires, replace filters and headlights, and change oil and tires. Also make sure your kids know exactly what the dashboard warning lights mean.

Emergency protocol

You can start teaching your children to recognize emergency vehicles from a very young age. Make sure your young children can identify ambulances, fire trucks, and police vehicles. Once kids get a bit older, you can start teaching them what to do in the events of a vehicle accident so they’re prepared for the worst when they start driving on their own.

Money matters

Some basic money literacy is extremely important when it comes to cars. When your children approach driving age, make sure they understand how car insurance works, the costs associated with vehicle upkeep, and how to handle things like parking tickets and registration fees.

And when your kids become teenagers and finally turn 16, make sure to bring them to Bryan Honda to make sure they get a proper look at what the industry’s best cars are like!

Mother’s Day Gifts: Automotive Ideas

Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Looking for the perfect gift for mom? Why not get her something for her car? There are a number of Mother’s Day gifts to consider buying, from accessories to something as simple as new tires. While it’s hard to repay your mother in every way, there are a few things you can do to make your mom feel like she’s appreciated.

According to Auto Nation Drive, accessories are a great idea for Mother’s Day. This includes OEM accessories like navigation systems, seat covers, roof racks, and floor mats. You can also consider brand memorabilia if your mom especially lover her car.

New tires and routine maintenance are also great ideas. We all forget to service our cars every 3,000 miles, and one way you can repay mom is by taking her car to the shop. New tires will provide traction and keep her safe, while routine service like an oil change will ensure that her car lass a long time.

You should also consider ding and dent repair. Depending on the size of the damage area, ding and dent repair can be an affordable way to show mom you care. You can start with the basics like removing scratches and dings from shopping carts and other things, though you can also repair more serious damage if price isn’t an issue.

If you need any help getting new car accessories or getting an oil change performed for your mother, just swing by Bryan Honda—we’ll be happy to help you give your mother the perfect Mother’s Day gift!

Earth Day Activities for the Whole Family

Earth Day

Earth Day

 

We’ve created a list of Earth Day activities to help you and your family think of ways to celebrate this important holiday. The auto industry has recognized the significance of environmental issues over the past few decades, something evidenced by green technologies and the rise of hybrid and electric models. Earth Day is all about giving back and protected our environment, something you and your family can do together.

Give kids an appreciation for nature by cooking with the sun. According to Sustainable Baby Steps, cooking with the sun is simple as long as you have a homemade solar oven. First, get an old box, aluminum foil, and (if possible) a piece of glass. Cut a hole in the top of the box, line the box with foil, and put the glass in the hole. You can cook safe foods in the box on a sunny day like eggs, nachos, tea, and baked veggies. You’d be surprised how hot this simple contraption can get, and it uses no electricity.

Another easy Earth Day activity is to create zero waste with bottle bricks. A bottle brick is made by compacting small bits of unrecyclable materials. While we have a solution for some materials, like aluminum and paper, not everything can be reused. These bricks can be made by spooning dry materials of unrecyclable material (scrapped and cut, first) into old plastic bottles. What is significant about this activity is not the bricks (which can be used as building materials when properly compressed), but the conversation you have about how much unrecyclable materials you and your family consume.

Earth Day is a great time for the whole family to come together. At Bryan Honda, we’re proud to say our green vehicles are also helping to do their part for the planet.

New Year’s Resolutions for Car Owners

New Year’s ResolutionsHappy New Years from all of us here at Bryan Honda! To help commemorate the fresh year, check out these resolutions for car owners that will help you preserve your ride while staying safe on the road.

Maximize Efficiency

First, avoid leaving your car idling in the driveway to warm it up. Instead, simply drive your vehicle at a moderate speed, which will help conserve fuel.

Second, leave yourself more time to get to your destination so you won’t have to speed. Speeding is one of the largest wastes of fuel and, in most cases, it cuts just a few minutes off of your arrival time.

Pay Attention to the Tires

Your vehicle’s tires are probably neglected, especially if you don’t make it to routine maintenance appointments. This year, check the tire pressure once a week to ensure optimal inflation. While you’re at it, examine the tread depth, to make sure you have sufficient traction.

Perform Maintenance

Keeping up with routine maintenance is a great ambition for the new year. Simple, inexpensive services such as oil changes and tire rotations can make all the difference in extending the life of your vehicle. Best of all, the technicians here at Bryan Honda are quick to return your car to you, to help you stay on top of vehicle upkeep as well as all of the other items on your to-do list.

Enjoy the Holiday Lights at Cape Fear Botanical Gardens

holiday lights- Christmas at Cape Fear Botanical Gardens

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.

Five Alternative Ways to Cook a Turkey

Five Alternative Ways to Cook a Turkey

The turkey has long been the centerpiece of an American Thanksgiving feast. However, for some people, the traditional basted and roasted turkey may look pretty, but doesn’t taste that good. If you fall into this camp, consider taking on the turkey this year and try one of these five alternative ways to cook a turkey.

  1. Deep fried. For possibly the most delicious, yet unhealthy, turkey you’ve ever had, try deep frying. This is something you must do outside so you don’t catch your house on fire. And, make sure you have the proper tools.
  2. Smoked. For a truly unique flavor, trying a smoked turkey. You can use different types of woods and other seasonings to create a one-of-a-king taste.
  3. Spatchcocked. This method involves removing the turkey’s spine and laying it out flat before roasting. This will help the turkey cook evenly and better retain its moisture.
  4. Turducken. This recipe calls for a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken. It is complicated and takes a long time, so make sure you’re fully ready for the task before attempting this feat.
  5. Stewed. While you may lose the traditional turkey look, a rich turkey stew will never be dry. Pair it will all the traditional side dishes so no one is disappointed.

Are you planning on trying an alternative turkey recipe this year?