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4th of July celebration expected to return to Fort Bragg

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. -

After a cancellation due to budget cuts last year, plans are moving forward for Fort Bragg to host an on-post Independence Day celebration in 2014.

All the details are still being worked out, but Fort Bragg Public Affairs Officer Ben Abel said people should expect the usual family-friendly activities on the post's main parade field, including live music and fireworks.

The tradition of a July 4th celebration on Fort Bragg goes back more than 30 years. However, automatic budget cuts called sequestration forced the Army post to cancel the celebration in 2013. An announcement in April of last year stated the celebration requires about $120,000 in civilian employee overtime, and that money was not available.

The City of Fayetteville began organizing an alternative Fourth of July celebration and got a boost when the "Destination America" cable channel awarded the city funding for the celebration. The award came as the result of a contest won by Fort-Bragg-based soldier Jeff Wells. He entered the contest by writing a brief essay explaining why the Fayetteville area deserved help with its celebration.

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

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