There are always great things to do in The Natural State, and AY About You has compiled some of the most exciting events in Arkansas this weekend. Also, listen to 103.7 The Buzz every Friday morning for Morning Mayhem to learn more about what’s going on during the weekend, featuring AY About You President and Publisher Heather Baker.


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To view even more 4th of July celebrations happening across the state, check out this list that AY About You’s staff writers helped put together.


Thursday, July 4 

What: Free Fireworks Show in Downtown Jacksonville

Where: Five Points on Main Street (Jacksonville) 

When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The free fireworks show begins at dark, so make sure to bring a chair or blanket for a front-row seat. You can also enjoy the food trucks, live music, games and inflatable activities.


Thursday, July 4  

What: Run the Railyard 5k in Rogers

Where: Railyard Bike Park

When: 7:30 a.m.

This family-friendly event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Downtown Rogers, welcomes dogs, children and strollers, ensuring everyone can participate. Starting and ending at the Railyard Bike Park in downtown Rogers, this 3.5-mile run/walk route takes you on a picturesque journey to Lake Atalanta, around the lake, and back to the bike park. 


Thursday, July 4 

What: Jamboreeka 2024 – Fireworks, Live Music, Food Trucks & More 

Where: Lake Leatherwood Baseball Fields (Eureka Springs) 

When: 5 p.m. 

Head out to Jamboreeka this Thursday evening for fireworks, live music, water names, local food and beer vendors and more. Admission is free, and this event is open to all ages. 


Thursday, July 4  

What: Pops on the River 

Where: River Market/First Security Amphitheater/North Little Rock Riverfront Park 

When: Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

Join in on Little Rock’s largest Independence Day celebration, complete with entertainment by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; a vendor marketplace; food trucks; a military appreciation tent; a patriotic concert with Midnight South, Kemistri Band and Rodney Block Collective; and fireworks starting at 9:15 p.m.


Thursday, July 4 

What: July 4th at Dickey-Stephens 

Where: Dickey-Stephens Park (North Little Rock) 

When: 7 p.m. 

Watch the downtown fireworks from Dickey-Stephens Park this Thursday evening. Gates will open to the public at 7 p.m., and admission is free. Fans are encouraged to play catch on the field until 8 p.m. and must bring their own glove to be allowed on the field. Otey’s Splash Pad and train rides will be available for purchase. While no outside food or drink will be allowed, select ballpark concessions and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. 


Thursday, July 4  

What: 4th at the Field Fireworks 

Where: Arvest Ballpark (Springdale)

When: 6:30 p.m. 

Arvest Ballpark will host its 4th at the Field Fireworks, featuring a game with the Ban Johnson All-Stars and the Nevada Griffons. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., and a fireworks display will conclude the night post-game. 


Thursday, July 4 

What: Fireworks Spectacular with Symphony of Northwest Arkansas 2024

Where: The Walmart AMP (Rogers)  

When: 7 p.m. 

The City of Rogers will be hosting its 4th of July fireworks display as part of the Fireworks Spectacular. Launching from Mercy Trailhead, this display will be visible for most of Rogers and will begin at 9:20 p.m. Rogers residents may also get four free lawn tickets per household. 


Thursday, July 4

What: Independence Day Fireworks on Lake Hamilton

Where: Highway 7 South Bridge (Hot Springs)

When: Begins at dark 

Head to Hot Springs for its Annual Independence Day Fireworks over Lake Hamilton. This free event is open to the public, and the fireworks will be synced with music on 97.5 FM US97 Country. 


Thursday, July 4  

What: The Mayor’s 4th of July Celebration 

Where: Harry E. Kelley Park (Fort Smith)

When: 5 p.m. 

The Mayor’s 4th of July Celebration will take place at 121 Riverfront Dr. in Fort Smith. This family-friendly event will include free transportation, giveaways, food trucks, live entertainment and the largest fireworks display in the region. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. 


Thursday, July 4 

What: United We Stand: Fourth of July Celebration

Where: Searcy Event Center (Searcy) 

When: 6 p.m. 

Searcy Beats & Eats’ 4th Annual United We Stand Festival will take place this July 4. As one of the state’s largest Independence Day celebrations, this event will feature live performances headlined by Midnight South, food from various food trucks, a fun zone and fireworks, which will begin at the end of the night. 


Thursday, July 4 – Sunday, July 7 

What: Let Freedom Soar 

Where: Little Rock Zoo

When: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily 

Let Freedom Soar this July 4th weekend at the Little Rock Zoo. Perfect for the entire family, this event will offer the opportunity to meet your favorite animals, engage in keeper chats, explore Dragon Kingdom and more. The prices of special events are included with the cost of admission. 


Friday, July 5  

What: July 5th Holiday Island Independence Day Hurrah

Where: Holiday Island Recreation Center 

When: 6 p.m. 

Celebrate the 4th of July and keep the good vibes rolling at the 2nd Annual Holiday Island Independence Day Hurrah. Live music, concessions, family activities, food and drink vendors and more will be offered. The fireworks display will begin at dusk. 


Friday, July 5 

What: Bentonville First Friday – A Salute to Service

Where: Downtown Bentonville 

When: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Bentonville’s First Friday is back, with this month’s theme being A Salute to Service. Visitors can enjoy festivities starting at noon with lunch on the square provided by food trucks and a free yoga class on the square taught by Yoga Story. At 3 p.m., booths will open, and the Slim Chickens Mainstage will kick off at 4:40 with the Opening Flag Ceremony. Plenty of activities will be available for kids and adults, including a beer garden from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. 


Friday, July 5 

What: Family Fun Fridays – Foam Party

Where: Magic Springs Theme and Water Park (Hot Springs)

When: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Have a very foamy Friday at Magic Springs’ Foam Party. Starting at 6 p.m., guests can enjoy two extra hours in the wave pool, accompanied by a DJ, and dancing in the foam. This event is free with a season pass or park admission. 


Friday, July 5 

What: Stand-Up Showdown

Where: The Joint Comedy Club (Argenta/North Little Rock)

When: 8 p.m. 

If you’re looking for fresh jokes and non-stop laughter this weekend, look no further than The Joint Comedy Club. For $10 in advance or $15 at the door, guests can hear the best of local comedy at Stand-Up Showdown, featuring Seth Dees, Zach Slomers, Bair, Adam Maldonado, Allison McArthur, Joe Means, Katrina Coleman, Nathan Jaxon and Nic Ferrell. 


Friday, July 5 

What: First Friday July: Summer (Tee)se 

Where: Main Street Pocket Park (Little Rock) 

When: 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. 

ViBe Events is presenting First Friday: Summer (Tee)se this Friday evening with music by DJ Most1Ted. Dance, groove or chill while toasting all the good things. Tasteful and non-offensive graphic tees are recommended for attire. This event is open to patrons 25 and up. 


Friday, July 5 – Saturday, July 6 

What: Kerwin Claiborne Live in Little Rock

Where: Loony Bin Comedy Club 

When: Friday: 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday: 7 pm. and 9:30 p.m. 

Well-known Instagram personality Kerwin Claiborne will be bringing his best work to Little Rock’s Loony Bin this weekend. If you’re looking to laugh, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to get to know his characters, including Ms. Mary, Uncle Leroy and Miss Keisha. Limited meet-and-greet tickets are also available. 


Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 7

What: Fayetteville Movement Festival

Where: Mount Sequoyah Center

When: Friday: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. – 2 a.m. and Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Spend your weekend atop Mount Sequoyah in celebration of Fayetteville’s Annual Movement Festival. This weekend will feature several classes and activities suitable for all levels, including hikes, skating, bird watching, urban yoga, forest bathing, jazz, mocktails, a Latin social and more. 


Saturday, July 6  

What: Fireworks Extravaganza 

Where: Sandy Beach (Heber Springs) 

When: 10 a.m.  

The 2024 Fireworks Extravaganza will take place on Saturday on the shores of Greers Ferry Lake. Food vendors will open at noon, and live music will begin at 7 p.m. Fireworks will light the skies above the lake starting at 9:30 p.m.


Saturday, July 6 

What: Back to the 80s Dance Party

Where: The Joint Comedy Club (Argenta/North Little Rock)

When: 9 p.m. – midnight 

Travel back to the ‘80s this Saturday evening as The Joint Comedy Club will serve as a time warp to a simpler time in life. With DJ Drip Funk, this event will include new wave, synth pop, glam and more. Tickets are $30 and include a drink package, and a costume contest will take place for a cash prize. 


Saturday, July 6 

What: Conway Cars & Coffee

Where: Toad Suck Harley-Davidson

When: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. 

Cars & Coffee will take place this Saturday with great rides and great people. Starting at 9 a.m., guests can enjoy the best of vintage and sports cars at Toad Suck Harley-Davidson. Conway Cars & Coffee takes place on the first Saturday of every month. 


Saturday, July 6 – Sunday, July 7 

What: Bank of America’s “Museums on Us” Weekend 

Where: The Clinton Center (Little Rock)

When: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily 

Bank of America will be hosting its Museums on Us at The Clinton Center this Saturday and Sunday. Bank of America, Merrill or Bank of America Privat  Bank credit and debit cardholders will be able to receive free admission this weekend only. 


Sunday, July 7

What: Black Top Sunday – July 

Where: 5102 W Pauline Whitaker Parkway (Rogers)

When: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Celebrate passion, creativity and the joy of driving this Sunday as Black Top Promotions hosts its monthly Coffee & Cars event in Rogers. While this event is free, visitors are encouraged to pre-register. Showcased vehicles include everything from classic cars to modern sports cars and everything in between. 




This Weekend’s National Holiday Roundup: 

Thursday, July 4 

  • Independence Day 
  • Alice in Wonderland Day 
  • National Caesar Salad Day 
  • National Barbecued Spareribs Day 

Friday, July 5 

  • National Hawaii Day 
  • National Bikini Day 
  • National Graham Cracker Day 
  • National Apple Pie Turnover Day 
  • National Workaholics Day 

Saturday, July 6 

  • National Hand Roll Day 
  • National Hop-A-Park Day 
  • National Fried Chicken Day 
  • National Play Outside Day 

Sunday, July 7

  • National Koi Day 
  • National Day of Rock ‘n’ Roll 
  • National Dive Bar Day 
  • National Macaroni Day 
  • National Strawberry Sundae Day 
  • National Father-Daughter Take A Walk Day