Updated: Fourth Of July Celebrations Around The State
Written by Tracy Crain
A variety of Fourth of July celebrations and firework displays have been organized around the state. The following are just a few going on this upcoming week:
Sparks in the Park, July 2
July 2 is Sparks in the Park, the annual fireworks festival in Texarkana at the Four States Fairgrounds. Activities at the festival start at 4 p.m and include a car and motorcycle show, a motorcycle stunt show (at 5:30p.m.), games for kids, live music, fireworks and more. For fishing fans, from 9 to noon is a Fishing Derby at Lake Dieffenbacher at Bobby Ferguson Park. For more details visit www.fourstatesfair.com or call 870-773-2941.
The Fantastic Fourth Celebration at the Union County Fairgrounds
The Fantastic Fourth Celebration is July 4 in El Dorado at the Union County Fairgrounds. Throughout the day there are arts and crafts, food vendors, Kids World, the Fantastic Fourth Championship Car Show, the Firecracker 5K Run, a pet show, live music and more. The day ends with a spectacular fireworks display. For more information visit www.goeldorado.com or call 870-863-6113.
Petit Jean State Park July 4th Fun & Games Day
Join the park staff to celebrate the nation’s birthday. An abundance of activities for families will be offered, including a bicycle parade, water balloon games, and much more. Admission: Free For more information or a schedule of events, CONTACT: (501) 727-5441 or email
Island Festival at Lake DeGray Resort State Park
The Island Festival is July 4 in Bismarck at Lake DeGray Resort State Park. The festival has games, contests and activities for the whole family. There are also crafts, a scavenger hunt, an underwater treasure hunt, a fireworks display over the lake at night and more. For more details on this free event visit www.degray.com or call 501-865-5810.
North Little Rock 4th Of July 31st Annual Busch-Pepsi Softball Classic
There’s not a more all-American way to spend the July 4th holiday than at a ballgame. North Little Rock has three days of first-class softball during the 31st annual Busch-Pepsi Softball Classic. Burns Park and Sherwood Sports Complex are where the action takes place July 1-3. Over 2,700 teams from 39 states have participated in the past with more expected this year. Founded as a fundraiser in 1979 for an Arkansas Class A team, the tournament is now a softball showcase of fiercely competitive men's and women's teams of all classifications from all over the country. Additional information is available by visiting www.Busch-Pepsi-Classic.com or by calling 501-312-5756.
12th Annual Sherwood 4th of July Family Celebration
On Monday, July 4, Sherwood celebrates with the 12th annual 4th of July Family Celebration. Free food, entertainment and lots of colorful fireworks are on the schedule. Sherwood Forest is located at 1111 West Maryland. Phone 501-833-3790 for additional details.
USS Razorback Submarine July 4 Firework Show
The 4th of July Celebration sponsored by Arkansas Women's Action for New Directions offers a unique way to enjoy Little Rock’s annual fireworks display. Visitors will enjoy the sparkling show from the deck of the USS Razorback submarine, moored at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum on Riverfront Drive in North Little Rock. Also a part of the evening festivities are a holiday picnic supper and music. Admission is $25. For more information visit arkwand.org or phone 501-664-1935.
Little Rock Pops On the River Salute to Independence Day
Little Rock’s annual salute to Independence Day, Pops on the River, takes place July 4 at the Riverfest Amphitheatre. Presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, it is the state's largest Fourth of July celebration. Gates open to the public at 5:30 p.m. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs at 8:30 p.m. with the fireworks following at approximately 9:30 p.m. Visit www.arkansasonline.com/pops or phone 501-378-3807 for additional details.
Red, Hot & Blue Fourth Of July Celebration in Cabot
Looking for something interesting to do on July 4? How about a little small town music celebration. Mikeschair and Lindsay McCaul will be performing a free concert, sponsored by the Mount Carmel Baptist Church, as part of the Red, Hot & Blue celebration. The event offers a number of fun activities and ends just in time for the Cabot firework show starting at 9p.m.
Activities at this Independence Day Celebration begin at 4:30p.m. They include an: antique car show, dunking booth, face painting, inflatable jump houses, concessions, a watermelon eating contest, paintball target shooting, whiffle ball homerun derby, inflatable jump houses, baggo tournament, obstacle courses, sack races and more.
The event will be held at 163 Mt. Carmel Road in Cabot, Arkansas. For more information, call 501-843-6222.
Abbreviated List Of Events Around The State
Altus, Arkansas 4th of July Celebration! July 4, 2011, Highway 64 in Altus, AR
Bentonville Independence Day Celebration July 4, 2011 SouthEast Corner Of J Street And John DeShields, Bentonville, AR. Fireworks Display
Bismarck Fourth July Island Festival July 4, 2011. 2027 State Park Entrance Road
Celebrating Freedom Fireworks Display July 4, 2011. E 10th Street in Booneville, AR
Bull Shoals Independence Day Celebration July 3, 2011. 153 Dam Overlook Lane in Bull Shoals, AR
Calico Rock Independence Day July 3, 2011 Highway 56
Cherokee Village Thunder On Thunderbird 4th of July Celebration July 4, 2011
Deer 4th of July Celebration July 4, 2011 Scenic Highway 16
El Dorado Fantastic Fourth Celebration July 4, 2011 334 W Hillsboro Street
Eureka Springs Independence Day Extravaganza July 4, 2011 239 Turpentine Creek Lane
Eureka Springs Independence Day Fireworks Display July 4, 2011 13 Buckskin Lane
Greenwood Freedomfest 5K Race July 4, 2011 71 West Center Street Greenwood, AR
Harrison Fireworks Extravaganza July 4, 2011 621 East Rush Avenue
Horseshoe Bend Independence Day Celebration and Parade July 4, 2011 3 Club Road
Little Rock Frontier Fourth of July July 4, 2011 200 East Third Street
Mena Old Fashioned 4th of July July 4, 2011 3877 Highway 88 West
Morrilton July 4th Fun and Games Day July 4, 2011 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road Morrilton, AR
Mount Ida Annual 4th of July Fireworks July 4, 2011 994 Mountain Harbor Road
4th of July Celebration July 4, 2011 U.S. 65 B Pine Bluff, AR
July 4 Fireworks Display July 4, 2011 1400 Black Dog Drive Pine Bluff, AR
Pocahontas Fireworks Display July 4, 2011 Highway 67 Pocahontas, AR
Redfield 4th of July Spectacular July 2, 2011 720 Huck Finn Redfield, AR
Veterans Park Independence Day Celebration July 3, 2011 500 East Olrich Street Rogers, AR
Cross Church Independence Day Celebration July 3, 2011 2448 Pinnacle Hills Parkway Rogers, AR
Firecracker 5K and Fun Run July 4, 2011 500 East Walnut Rogers, AR
2011 Freedom Fest and Firework Display July 4, 2011 3595 North Arkansas Avenue Russellville, AR
5th Annual God and Country Fireworks July 4, 2011 1730 Sweeden Road Russellville, AR
Russellville Community Fireworks Display July 4, 2011 1063 Lock And Dam Road Russellville, AR
Salem Chamber of Commerce Fireworks In The Park July 4, 2011 154 Mountain View Drive Salem, AR
12th Annual 4th of July Family Celebration July 4, 2011 1111 West Maryland Avenue Sherwood, AR
4th of July Family Fun July 4, 2011 1980 Highway 278 West Wickes, AR
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Sources: Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism. One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-682-7606. E-mail: Other Media, Press Releases
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