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July 4 Celebration Planned for Festival Park 5/24/2013
 

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – With the subtraction of Fort Bragg’s July 4 fireworks show this year, the City of Fayetteville is offering area residents another opportunity to celebrate, thanks in large part to sponsors Destination America television channel, USA WEEKEND magazine and local partners Reed-Lallier Chevrolet, Huske Hardware House and the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. A fireworks show, complete with entertainment and food vendors, will be held July 4 in Festival Park. Entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m. and fireworks start at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Destination America and USA Weekend awarded funding for the July 4th event after a soldier stationed at Fort Bragg entered the media organizations’ Red, White and You contest, which received more than 3,500 entries from Americans sharing moving stories of why their towns deserve an all-American celebration. Fayetteville was only one of two communities, including Union Beach, N.J., to be awarded a July 4 celebration.   

The soldier, Jeff Wells, submitted the following award-winning entry: “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.”

Entertainment at the event includes: Performances by Huske Hardware House Singer/Songwriter Showcase, 82nd Airborne Chorus, national artist (TBD), greetings from City of Fayetteville, Fort Bragg and Destination America representative, free “Kids’ Activity Area” in Linear Park, vendors on Festival Park Promenade and in select lawn locations, beverages and special “glow” items for sale and      additional activities provided courtesy of Destination America.

“Fireworks, fanfare and food are synonymous with the Fourth of July for many families, but lack of resources has forced many American towns to put their patriotic memory-making festivities on hold,” said Marc Etkind, Sr. Vice President of Content Strategy for Destination America. “In light of natural disasters and budget constraints, Destination America hopes to restore the spirit and tradition of Fourth of July in Union Beach and Fayetteville, two very worthy communities.”

"The nominations were so moving and heartfelt,” said Heather Frank, Editor-in-Chief of USA WEEKEND. “USA WEEKEND is grateful to be part of this wonderful outpouring of patriotism and affection for American cities and towns. We congratulate the people of Union Beach and Fayetteville and all the good neighbors across the country, who share our mission to make a difference in the community.”

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