"This community is proud to be the home of the defenders of the Constitution," says John Meroski , Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors' Bureau president and CEO. "That pride is on full display during our Independence Day celebrations."
Fayetteville, NC (PRWEB) June 06, 2013
A visit to the municipalities surrounding Fort Bragg around July 4th and it is quickly apparent why Peter Greenberg, CBS News Travel Editor, said this community may be, "One of the most patriotic communities in America" in his story Uniquely American. "This community is proud to be the home of the defenders of the Constitution," says John Meroski, Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors' Bureau president and CEO. "That pride is on full display during our Independence Day celebrations."
One 2013 celebration is largely courtesy of Destination America network and USA Weekend. Fort Bragg soldier Jeff Wells entered the Destination America's Red, White & You contest following the loss of Fort Bragg's annual Independence Day event. Of 3,500 entrants, Fayetteville was one of two cities chosen. Wells' entry read "Due to governmental budget cuts, there will be no post fireworks for Fort Bragg. Our post is home to more Army tradition than any other installation, has produced the most Medal of Honor recipients, and is seen as the center of the Army Universe. To not have a fireworks display on our nation’s day of independence for those who have fought to secure our freedom is not only a morale-degrading scenario but also a shame to those who have sacrificed so much. As an Army leader, I believe a fireworks event celebrating all that Soldiers fight for would not just boost morale but also let them know that, despite our difficult fiscal times, they are not forgotten and still have the support of those they fight to protect."
The City of Fayetteville's celebration starts at 4:30 pm in Festival Park on July 4th, and ends with Fireworks at 9:15 pm. Entertainment includes the 82nd Airborne chorus, a free kids area and activities courtesy of Destination America.
A full list of Cumberland County's July 4th Celebrations are below:
June 30th/ Stedman 4th of July Celebration - This small town celebration, held at Camp Sandy Creek starts at 6 and ends at 9 pm. Events include music, inflatables, a trackless train ride, food, vendors and a professional fireworks show. More information: (910) 323-1892
July 1 / North Carolina Symphony Presents Independence Day - Join the North Carolina Symphony at Festival Park for an old-fashioned salute to the red, white and blue. Hear patriotic favorites and high-spirited classics as we honor the USA on its birthday. Opening the program with the National Anthem and narrating “Liberty for All” with the Symphony will be Miss NC 2012, Arlie Honeycutt. The free concert starts at 8 pm and wraps with a fireworks show. More Information
July 4/ Swampdogs July 4th Celebration - Those who play "America's Pastime" are hosting a family friendly evening and fireworks show at JP Riddle baseball stadium. More information: http://www.goswampdogs.com.
July 4/ Red White & You July 4th Concert and fireworks - Celebrate Independence Day with live music, children's activities, and a fireworks extravaganza. Courtesy of Destination Americas and USA Weekend, the celebration starts at 4:30 pm in festival park and closes with fireworks at 9:15. More Information
July 4/ Hope Mills Parade, Party In the Park and Fireworks - Catch Uncle Sam and local celebrities and bands at the Hope Mills parade, which starts at 10 am. At 4 pm, head out to Hope Mills Park for Party in the Park - and extravaganza featuring live music, and kids activities. The evening concludes with fireworks at 9:15. More information: (910) 424-4500.
For a complete list of all events in Fayetteville and Cumberland County, go to http://www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com.
About the FACVB:
The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Fayetteville/Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit http://www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217. Fayetteville/Cumberland County is America's first military sanctuary. Through the Army's Army and other volunteer groups, our citizens and businesses are dedicated to “watching over those who watch over us ©.”