Memorial Day is the day the United States remembers and honors our veterans who died in service to our country, and the weekend is the unofficial start of summer. Spend your long weekend in Fayetteville and explore some of our favorite veteran-owned businesses and pay tribute to those who sacrificed for our freedoms. 

Explore 

Explore greater Fayetteville's assets and support these veteran and active-duty-owned businesses. 

The MacPherson House Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place to stay for your weekend stay. The facility has many special assets to make you feel at home, including freshly baked cookies upon arrival, curated rooms, linens, and delicious food. (B&B's not your thing? You'll find all our properties here.)

Curate Essentials

Located in a stately 1914 home with a wrap-around porch filled with rocking chairs, Curate Essentials makes an impression before walking through the door. The herbal apothecary stocks pampering and health-care products and nearly everything is made on-site. Be sure to stop at the cafe in front of the store. Order a pot of French-press coffee, a specialty tea or a decadent coffee. The garden surrounding the porch is home to unusual and lovely plants, herbs, and vegetables, some of which are used in the store's products. 

Dirtbag

On Sunday morning, head to Dirtbag Ales Farmers Market. Arrive early for a yoga class or sip a Mimosa while you shop the market. Choose from plants, vegetables, honey, craft items, and other handmade creations. Afterward, grab a table and sample a Dirtbag Ales brew, and have a leisurely lunch at Napkins, the on-site restaurant. On Sunday mornings, Napkins shops the market and offers a farm-fresh delicacy next to their delicious standard menu items. 

Learn

Visit the U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum to learn the history of the U.S. Airborne & Special Operations forces from Test Platoon to the present day. The museum is currently hosting two special exhibits: 

  • "Opening the Vaults" is a collaboration between all Fort Liberty museums. In the exhibit are never-before-seen artifacts. 
  • "Hidden In Plain View" was curated by a group of Pine Forest high school students about  United States special forces in Berlin.

Across the parking lot, tour North Carolina Veterans Park. This stunning facility honors all North Carolina veterans. It includes an arch dedicated to each branch of service, sculptures made from salvaged military equipment, and an Oath Wall. On the Oath Wall, four sculpted hands from each of NC's 100 counties pay tribute to all veterans who took the oath to serve. 

Nearby Freedom Memorial Park pays tribute to Cumberland County veterans who died in service to the country. 

Reflect

Reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day at one of these ceremonies.