Light Up Your 4th in Fayetteville!

June 13, 2017

Start making plans now to join the residents of “America’s Hometown” for this five-day countdown to Independence Day. Other communities may brag about their patriotic celebrations, but those folks have never spent the holiday around a proud military community like Fort Bragg. Cumberland County goes all out in celebrating our nation’s freedom with our military residents, and this year is no exception. Locals and visitors will be taking in concerts, running in a race, honoring our heroes, enjoying America’s favorite pastime, and lighting up their 4th of July at these fantastic events.

4th of July FayettevilleHeroes & History – June 30th

Honor our heroes at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum (ASOM) on the last day of Downtown Alliance’s Field of Honor. Hundreds of American flags line the Parade Grounds every year to represent military members who have served and sacrificed for our country.

Afterward, take some time to stroll through the ASOM’s newest exhibit, Before They Were Airborne: The 82d Division in World War I, in celebration of the infamous division’s 100th anniversary this year.

Tip: Don’t leave the museum without letting the kids experience the one-of-a-kind simulator rides.


4th of July FayettevillePatriotic Concert Downtown – July 1st

Head to Festival Park for the annual Independence Day Concert. This year’s event will feature the 82nd Airborne Division Band and 82nd Airborne Division Chorus performing a variety of patriotic and high-spirited songs, followed by fireworks. Bring your lawn chairs, let the kids loose in the bounce houses, and sit back for the show.

Tip: While downtown, pop into one of our new craft breweries, Airborne Brew Company or Bright Light Brewing Company, for a cold one.

A Day in the Garden – July 2nd

Spend A Star-Spangled Kind of Day at Cape Fear Botanical Garden and enjoy a perfect Sunday outdoors. The children will love participating in all the kids’ activities, while the adults will appreciate the cash bar and live country/southern rock tunes, courtesy of Dark Horse Duo. As the Garden’s way of thanking our heroes, admission to this event is free for active-duty military members and veterans.

Tip: Plan on feeding the whole crew lunch from the onsite food trucks: Skewed Up, Carolina Tropical ICE, and more.

4th of July FayettevilleA Night at the Ball Field – July 3rd

Take the family out to J.P. Riddle Stadium for the Fayetteville SwampDogs vs. Edenton Steamers baseball game. Then stick around afterward for a fireworks extravaganza that will top the night off perfectly. It does not get more American than this favorite local tradition.

Tip: Some of the best seats in the house are at the stadium’s Miller Lite Liberty Lounge, where the beer and burgers are just a buck and the popcorn and peanuts are free.

Fun Run + Fireworks Show – July 4th

Dress up in red, white and blue and start your 4th off with the Firecracker 4 Miler run through beautiful downtown Fayetteville. Even the kids may participate in a 1-miler run, and strollers and dogs are welcome, too.

4th of July FayettevilleFinally, get ready for one of the best fireworks shows in the region at Fort Bragg’s 4th of July Celebration, taking place on the Main Post Parade Field. The crowd will be treated to performances by Chase Rice, the JC Allstars (Operation Rock the Troops), and the 82nd Airborne Division Rock Band. Between the Golden Knights free-falling from a plane, the country and rock ‘n’ roll acts performing on stage, and the 750+ fireworks lighting up the night sky, it is hard to beat the experience of Independence Day on Fort Bragg.

Tip: Refer to the Fort Bragg Visitor Center to learn how and where the general public may enter the base.

Yet another July 4th celebration is one that takes place every year in the Town of Hope Mills; we shared about that event, as well as other ways to spend a perfect summer day there, on “Summertime Livin’ in Hope Mills.” You can discover even more fun holiday and hometown happenings on the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Calendar of Events, as well.


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