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It’s officially the season to celebrate our great nation’s Independence Day, and what better way to observe the United States’ 247th birthday than by attending one of the many amazing firework displays that take place every year in The Natural State. Whether you prefer to enjoy fireworks by land, over water or even from a boat, there is certainly a show in Arkansas meant for you and your family.


Traditions are often thought of as the glue that keeps families together, and while we normally speak of traditions regarding holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, the Fourth of July also holds many family-favorite activities for Arkansans throughout the state. AY About You has listed a few of the largest and most-popular destinations to enjoy the glittery illuminations in the night sky.


3rd Annual Freedom Fest: June 30 – July 1 

Heber Springs Chamber of Commerce will be presenting the 3rd Annual Freedom Fest on the Lake this June 30- July 1. Presented by Red River Dodge, freedom festivities will kick-off on Friday, with live music from Drasco, antique  shops, specialty stores, home decor and more. Continuing on Saturday, the day will start at 10:00 a.m. on Sandy Beach with the World Championship Cardboard Boat Races. The fireworks display will be presented on Saturday evening at 9:30 p.m., live music from Just Sayin’ will begin at 7:00 p.m. The whole display will be broadcasted by 101.9 The Lake -KSUG.


Independence Day Fireworks on Lake Hamilton July 2


Head to Hot Springs on July 2 for a free Independence Day Fireworks Display on Lake Hamilton. Located at the Highway 7 South Bridge this massive display will include fireworks of all shapes and sizes, shot from the middle of Lake Hamilton. Visit Hot Springs will be sponsoring this show, and those who want to watch the pyrotechnics display from the water are urged to keep a safe distance from the launching area. Boaters should be aware of other boaters. In the case of rain, fireworks will be rescheduled for Monday, July 3.


Freedom Fest Conway July 3

Conway’s Premier Music and Fireworks show will take place July 3 at Beaverfork Lake Park. This event is perfect for the entire family to enjoy, as there will be fireworks in addition to food trucks, live music, a park area and swimming. This year’s food truck vendors will include Tacos 4 Life, Wade’s BBQ, Nach’Yo Nachos, Smackin’ Wings and Things, Bragg’s Big Bites, Henry’s Happy Dogs, Las Delicias, Antonio’s Philly-Style Italian Ices and Kona Ice. This event will start at 6 p.m.


39th Annual Pops on the River July 4


Located in Little Rock, this fireworks display, which is presented by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, can be viewed from either side of the Arkansas River. Taking place at Julius Breckling Riverfront Park, located at 400 President Clinton Ave., this display will include live music from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, food, kids’ activities and most importantly, pyrotechnics. The gates to the show open at 5 p.m., and fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. Rules are as follows: No ice chests, no pets, no fireworks, no smoking and no children left unattended. Blankets and chairs are welcomed for this event. In addition to live music presented by the ASO, there will also be live entertainment from Rodney Block Collective, The Kemistri Band featuring Nicky Parrish and Midnight South.


Big Bang on the Range July 4

The public is invited to Jacksonville this July 4 for its annual fireworks display, Big Bang on the Range. Fireworks will take place at Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex, located at 2800 Graham Road, and gates to the event will open at 5 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket for the fireworks show over a wide-open range. Handicap accessible, this event guarantees great fun for the entire family.


July 4th Spectacular – An American Salute at Walmart AMP: July 4

An American Salute at Walmart AMP fireworks

The Walmart AMP, in conjunction with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, will be celebrating our nation’s Independence Day on July 4. Under the direction of Paul Haas, this event is sponsored by the City of Rogers. Gates open at 7 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m. Tickets to the spectacular can be bought in advance online and range from $3-$25, with prices for lawn tickets set to increase on the day of. This year, Walmart AMP will be offering new add-ons for all shows, including the July 4th Spectacular, with premiere parking set at $30 and lawn chair rentals at $10. Tickets and add-ons can be purchased online, and will be delivered digitally.


Mayor’s Annual 4th of July Celebration at Harry E. Kelley Park July 4

Returning to Harry E. Kelley Park this July 4, the Mayor’s Fourth of July Celebration will include food trucks, free public transportation, giveaways, live entertainment and what Fort Smith claims to be the largest Independence Day fireworks display in the region. This is a free, family-friendly event. At 4 p.m., streets around the park will begin to close, transportation from Garrison Avenue, Rogers Avenue N., A Street and N. B Street will begin at 5 p.m., which is also when the gates will open to the park. The fireworks presentation will begin at 9:30 p.m. Rules for this event are as follows: No alcohol, no personal fireworks, no pedestrians allowed on the bridge, and guests should avoid rocky areas, as well as the river.


An Evening at Orchard Park July 4


Bentonville Parks and Recreation will be hosting An Evening at Orchard Park – Bentonville’s Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration. This free event is open to the entire community and will begin at 7 p.m., running through 10 p.m. Live music and paid concessions will be made available, and guests can park throughout Memorial Park. Handicap parking will be located at the lot next to the entrance of the park, with shuttles available for transport. Food trucks and live music will be offered throughout the night, and fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.


Fireworks Over The Harbor July 4


The biggest fireworks show on Lake Ouachita will take place this July 4 in Mount Ida. Guests are invited to enjoy the lake lighting up and patriotic music by land or by lake, as Mountain Harbor Resort celebrates Independence Day. In addition to a huge fireworks display, Mountain Harbor Resort will also host a Patriotic 4-Wheeler Parade earlier in the day, with a red, white and blue party all day long. The festivities will begin at 9 a.m. in the park in Harbor South with the 4-wheeler Parade, which also will include jeeps, horses, golf cars, UTV’s and anything else that rolls. An old-fashioned flag-raising ceremony with kids, dogs and group singing will also take place immediately before the parade begins. NOTE: Personal fireworks will be prohibited on Harbor property, and those who violate this rule will be issued a $500 fine.


23rd Annual Star Spangled Spectacular: July 4

For the largest fireworks display in Southern Arkansas, head out to the Camden Municipal Airport on July 4. This event will include inflatables, children’s events, live music and food vendors in addition to a fireworks display. Gates will open at 6 p.m. for the show and fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. 


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