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Archive for May, 2017

Memorial Day in Fayetteville

Memorial Day is a special day across the nation, but especially here in Fayetteville. This holiday, originally called Decoration Day, is to remember those who have lost their lives serving our country. This weekend is a great chance to get together with friends and family, as the community has a number of activities going on. We’ve rounded up a few events for you to check out and join in on the festivities:

  • Saturday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Shop local food and handcrafted products at the City Market at the Museum. The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum hosts this market on Saturday mornings.
  • Sunday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m.: Check out A Symphonic Salute to the U.S. Armed Forces Concert at Festival Park, given by the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (FSO) to salute the armed forces in honor of the holiday.
  • Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m.: Honor the brave and remember the fallen at Freedom Memorial Park This event fills up quickly, so consider arriving early and bringing a lawn chair with you.
  • Monday, May 29 at noon: The Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation and the Special Operations Force K9 Memorial Foundation are hosting a Memorial Day Service Ceremony to honor K-9 soldiers. Stick around with the kids afterward for a special children’s book reading by the author of “How I Became A K-9 Commando.”

Find out more details on what is going on in the community this weekend here. We hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday!

Get Moving this May

Warm weather is here, which means it’s the perfect time to get outside and get moving! There are tons of spots throughout Fayetteville to enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise in. Below we have listed some favorite local trails and parks for a stroll, jog or picnic this month.

  • Cape Fear River Trail: This paved path reaches about 5.3 miles one way and is perfect for a walk, jog or bicycle ride. Enjoy a look at wildlife along this trail that offers more than 700 species of plants and trees.
  • Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center: This second largest regional park is an ideal spot for an afternoon picnic. There is never a dull moment here as the Nature Center offers fun programs for individuals and families, like nature story time and a bird appreciation walking group.
  • Riverside Dog Park: Take your furry friend out for some exercise at this dog-friendly spot. The location is open every day from dawn to dusk.
  • North Carolina Veterans Park: Explore downtown and take a stroll through the first park dedicated to military veterans in the state. This spot memorializes veterans from over 100 North Carolina counties from all branches of the Armed Services.

If you’re looking for a way to get involved in the community while spending time outdoors, check out the volunteer program for the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks & Recreation department!