12bThere are plenty of things to do in and around Fayetteville on the 4th of July. The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra presents the annual Independence Concert & Fireworks at Festival Park. Special guests include the Fayetteville Symphonic Band and the 82nd Airborne Division All-American Band. This patriotic event is free.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:15p.m. There will be food and drink vendors and a children’s play area. Personal tents, pets, bicycles and scooters are prohibited.

For those looking for a relaxing spot as the sun starts going down, head on over to the Cool Spring Downtown District’s block party taking place on Maxwell Street.

The July 4th FAYcation celebration runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and will have a little something for everyone. There will be local DJs, a beer garden, BBQ from local vendors, yard games, water fun and much more.

The FAYcation block party will feature DJ Kool.

The event is free to attend, but guests can register at www.eventbrite.com/e/july-4th-faycation-tickets-638893817607

This Cool Spring Downtown District block party comes on the heels of their successful Juneteenth Jubilee, which saw an estimated 28,000 visitors during the weekend.

Director of Special Projects Ashanti Bennett says these events benefit the city by attracting visitors and new business.

“It’s the economic growth that’s making downtown stronger,” Bennett said. “We’re working hard to get rid of vacancies so that ... there’s something to do all the time in downtown, which is something we’re pretty proud of. These days ... You gotta plan your nights out in advance because there is a lot going on all of the time.”

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