This Weekend:

50th Annual Fourth of July Celebration
When: Thursday, gates open at 1 p.m.
Where: Main Post Parade Field
Cost: Free
This year’s activities include a concert by 3 Doors Down, parachute free-fall demonstrations, the popular flag ceremony, fireworks, food and beverages. Pets, glass bottles and barbecue grills are not allowed. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early due to heavy traffic flow. The event is free and open to the public. However, non DOD ID cardholders will not be able to access the post for the event prior to noon, July 4.
Tent rental reservations will open June 17. Prices are $40 for a 10x10-foot space with a Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) canopy provided, or $20 for a 10x10-foot space without a canopy.
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37th Annual hope Mills Independence Day in the Park
When: Thursday 4 to 10 p.m.
Where: Hope Mills Municipal Park
Cost: Free
Celebrate Independence Day in the Town of Hope Mills with your family and friends! The 37th Annual Party in the Park’s festivities include a foam pit, a 28 foot climbing wall, mechanical shark ride, large petting zoo, inflatable waterslide, food trucks and live music by Open Road and the Guy Unger Band. This July Fourth celebration ends with a beautiful fireworks show, scheduled for 9:15 p.m.
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Spring Lake’s Fourth of July Festival
When: Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m.
Where: Main Street, Spring Lake
Cost: Free
Join festival-goers at this small-town celebration of Independence Day. In past years, festivities have included a Kidz Zone, games, food trucks and vendors, live musical entertainment on stage and a viewing of Fort Bragg’s fireworks show. Call(910) 436-0241 for more information.

When: Friday, 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: Crown Arena
Cost: $48 to $123
Multi-platinum selling artist Jeezy will be at the Crown Arena Friday to headline the first ever Heat of the Summer event, brought to you by MOB Entertainment. Jeezy will perform live along with supporting artists Stunna 4 Vegas, Tigo B and Carolina Red. Call (888) 257-6208 to buy tickets.

When: Friday, game starts at 7:05 p.m.
Where: J.P. Ridley Stadium
Cost: $7 to $9
Fayetteville is now the baseball capital of the Carolinas. The Fayetteville SwampDogs is a summer collegiate baseball league and 2019 marks its 19th season here. The SwampDogs will continue its tradition of affordable family fun while watching college kids from across the country and Canada play baseball for the love of the game. This event is one of 29 games scheduled for the 2019 season and promises an evening of fun for all. For more information and for tickets, visit

Upcoming Events:

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Arsenal Tours
When: July 16 and 30; tour times at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
Where: Museum of the Cape Fear
Cost: Free
The Museum of the Cape Fear is offering arsenal tours to the public. The arsenal is slated to be the location for the North Carolina Civil War and Reconstruction History Center.
The arsenal was commissioned in 1836 to increase the country’s defenses. It became property of the Confederate States of America after the local militia group, the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry, marched on the site and took it without incident.
The arsenal met its demise as part of Gen. William T. Sherman’s “Total War” strategy, aimed to destroy the enemy’s economic system and undermine the morale of southern families and Confederate soldiers. This was also achieved by thousands of slaves who took it upon themselves to escape and find freedom by following the Union Army as they passed through the area.
The tours leave from the lobby of the Museum of the Cape Fear building. Please arrive a few minutes before the scheduled time.
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When: July 11, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Milton E. Mazarick Park
Cost: Free
North Carolina has been home to many strange prehistoric animals in addition to dinosaurs. Find out about new fossil discoveries in the state. Dinosaurs, pterosaurs, sea reptiles and the giant Megalodon shark will be discussed. The prehistoric safari is part of the Mazarick Science Series held throughout the summer.
Mazarick Park is a multi-purpose park featuring a disc golf course, picnic shelters, a playground and trails. Registration is required. Call (910) 433-1579 to register.

Mountain Wildlife Days
When: July 12 and 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Sapphire Valley Resort, Sapphire, North Carolina
Cost: $8
Mountain Wildlife Days is an event held each year in mid-July, featuring unique opportunities for both children and adults to get up close and learn more about wildlife and wild places. It is co-sponsored and held at the Sapphire Valley Resort, located three miles east of Cashiers, North Carolina.
The goal is to provide entertaining and informative programs, focusing on live animals along with wildlife experts, designed to develop awareness and a deeper appreciation of the beauty and wonders of nature.
July 12’s events feature a bird walk with members of the local Audubon chapter and hikes throughout the area. July 13 will feature different animals from the region as well as a few unusual animals from the North Georgia Zoo.
Registration for some activities required. For more information, visit

Cary’s Downtown Chowdown Food Truck Rally
When: July 14, 12:30 to 5 p.m.
Where: Downtown Park, Cary, North Carolina
Cost: Free to attend the event, individual prices vary at each food truck.
Enjoy a food-filled afternoon along Academy Street in downtown Cary. Taste some of the best food in the Triangle area, enjoy cool beverages from craft beer and wine vendors and relax to the music of local performers.
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When: July 18, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Cool Spring downtown Fayetteville
Cost: Free
Downtown Summer Nights is kicking off in the Cool Spring downtown district. Taking the stage at 6 p.m. will be a local favorite, Autumn Nicholas, followed by The Legacy Motown Revue. Be prepared to dance and sing along to some of your favorite Motown tunes.
The Kids Zone will be presented by Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, with a different activity every Thursday. North Carolina summer nights can be hot, so there will be a misting station.
Adults have access to a beer and wine garden, thanks to Healy Wholesale and Dirtbag Ales Brewery and Taproom. Plan for fun every Thursday night with Downtown Summer Nights in Fayetteville.

When: July 19, brawl starts at 7:15 p.m.
Where: Crown Arena
Price: $25 to $80
Rough N’ Rowdy Brawl “Red, White, and Bruised” will invade the Crown Arena on one special night. This is an off-the-street boxing contest featuring the area’s roughest street fighters, bikers, bouncers, bodybuilders and servicemen. This brawl will feature amateur fighters with no defense-throwing haymakers, combined with the funniest, most action-packed four hours you’ll ever be a part of.
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Recurring Events:

When: Now until Aug. 31, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Airborne and Special Operations Museum
Cost: Free
The D-Day 75th Anniversary Exhibit includes artifacts that have never been on display until now. Artifacts have been specially selected to commemorate this 75th D-Day anniversary and have a very detailed history, with insights of who they belong to and their meaning.
This exhibit is located in the museum’s main gallery.

Fayetteville Baseball Fever
When: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum
Cost: Free
Don’t miss out on spring training in local history. “Baseball in Fayetteville” is the museum’s newest exhibit. This exhibit highlights the community’s love of the game. As Fayetteville embarks on the newest chapter of baseball here, learn about the nearly 150 years of homerun hitting heritage.
“Baseball in Fayetteville” will be open through 2019 and part of 2020.

Origami in the Garden2
When: Daily, Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., until Sept. 6
Where: Cape Fear Botanical Gardens
Cost: Free for members, $5 to $10 for general admission
Unfold your imagination this summer with special programming and events alongside these beautiful origami sculptures.
Origami means “folding paper” in Japanese. Origami in the Garden2 tells the story of this art form through a traveling collection of metal sculptures, displayed outdoors in public gardens and museums. Each sculpture is inspired by a blank piece of paper that has been transformed into museum-quality metal and tells the story of creativity and the art of making something out of nothing.