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Happy Fourth! Fayetteville, Fort Bragg ready to celebrate Independence Day

Music, family fun, food trucks and fireworks headline holiday entertainment


Fort Bragg’s going to get all fancy like that, but at Festival Park the tunes will be smooth.

A variety of music will entertain Fourth of July celebrants on the Army post and in downtown Fayetteville on Monday.

And then, there’s going to be fireworks.

Fayetteville will celebrate with symphony, contemporary jazz and R&B music.

Grammy Award winner Norman Brown, a guitarist who has sold more than 2 million albums, will perform contemporary jazz and R&B music.

Brown released his debut album, Just Between Us, in 1992, featuring collaborations with Boyz II Men and Stevie Wonder. His 2002 album, Just Chillin’, won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. His 13th album, Let’s Get Away, was released in March.

Brown’s music can be heard during The Weather Channel’s Local on the 8s forecasts.

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and Fayetteville Symphonic Band also will perform, along with local jazz band Black Seed featuring Von Demetriz.

Gates at Festival Park will open at 4 p.m. Monday, and the free concert will begin at 7 p.m. Food trucks will be at the park, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. A children’s area will feature a bounce house with free admission.

Only service animals will be permitted at the park. Skateboards, bicycles, personal tents or canopies, and outside food and beverages are prohibited.

The concert will conclude with fireworks. Gates will close at 10:15 p.m.

In addition to the July 4th festivities downtown, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers baseball team will play the Down East Wood Ducks at 6:05 p.m. Monday at Segra Stadium.

‘Fancy’ country at Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg will celebrate the Fourth with pop country singer Walker Hayes, whose single Fancy Like reached No. 1 on Billboard’s country charts in 2021.

The song became popular as the soundtrack for Applebee's commercials.

Gates will open at 3 p.m. Monday. Entertainment will include parachute free-fall demonstrations by the Golden Knights at 5:45 p.m., followed by a flag ceremony. Food and beverages will be on sale. New this year is a craft beer garden featuring brews by Southern Pines, Dirtbag, Gaston, Hatchet and Railhouse breweries.

The 82nd All American Rock Band will perform at 4:45 p.m., and country singer Chris Moreno will perform at 6:45 p.m. Headliner Walker Hayes will take the stage at 8:30 p.m.

Fireworks will light up the sky beginning at 9:45 p.m.

Pets, glass bottles, and grills will not be allowed. Admission is free and open to the public.

People without a Department of Defense card must go to the visitor center at the All American Gate for access to the festival. Passes are available in advance. Drivers and passengers must have a valid ID.

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