A partial list of July 4th celebrations across the state:
Pops on the river
Pops on the river, presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and sponsored by Orion Federal Credit Union, celebrates Independence Day with an Arkansas Symphony Orchestra concert and final fireworks display, Sunday in Little Rock’s River Market District and the First Security Bank Amphitheater.
The festival, in its 37th year, was postponed last year due to the pandemic. Free entry.
The event begins at 3 p.m., when the doors to the amphitheater also open. There will be children’s train rides, make-up and cartoons by Democrat-Gazette cartoonist John Deering. Participants can shop in the market hall and at local merchants; food trucks will be on site.
The Junction Bridge over the Arkansas River was a great place to watch the 2018 Pops on the River fireworks. (Democratic Gazette file photo)
Any military member (active, reserved or retired) can get a discount card which can be used at many food / drink vendors and market vendors. Check in with military ID at the Democrat-Gazette booth in Marketplace, a pop-up market in the River Market Pavilions, 400 President Clinton Ave. There will be freebies for the first 100 servicemen to register. Acura of Little Rock will have vehicles on display in the pavilion.
Nicky Parrish with the band Kemistri and jazzman Rodney Block will precede the orchestra on the amphitheater stage. Fireworks will follow the concert, from approximately 9:20 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and will be fired off the Main Street Bridge, which will close at 1 p.m. and reopen at 11 p.m. Find a full schedule at arkansasonline.com/pops.
Take lawn chairs and blankets. Seating in the amphitheater is limited and available on a first come, first served basis, but can be reserved for $ 10 in advance through the website. No fireworks, food, drink, cooler or pets will be allowed in the park.
The charity to benefit the event this year is Rock City Rescue. Call (501) 918-4539.
The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas performs for the July 4th celebration at Rogers’ Walmart AMP. (Democrat-Gazette special / © 2016 Stephen Ironside / Ironside Photography)
A patriotic concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday by the Northwestern Arkansas Symphony and conductor Paul Haas precedes a 9:15 am fireworks display by the City of Rogers at the Walmart AMP, 5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost between $ 3 and $ 35. Support comes from Walmart and Synchrony. Call (479) 443-5600 or visit amptickets.com.
Sherwood Town’s Annual Independence Day Celebration, “Food, fun and fireworks”, takes place from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Sherwood Forest, 1111 W. Maryland Ave.
Musician Steven Gary performs patriotic, easy-to-listen tunes at 7 p.m. before the Hog Wild Pyrotechnics fireworks display that begins at dusk.
Kids of all ages can play on inflatables or visit the petting zoo, which will feature a baby kangaroo and a variety of farm animals from Cockrill’s Country Critters in the Kids Zone, which will be open until 8:30 p.m. to place; BankOZK will provide free bottled water, while supplies last, from 6 p.m. Picnic chairs and blankets are welcome; alcohol, pets, bicycles, skateboards and coolers are not.
Limited parking is available on site; additional parking is available in the back parking lot of Sylvan Hills High School, 508 Bear Paw Road; Free shuttles provided by First Baptist Church of Sherwood as well as a wheelchair accessible shuttle provided by Jack Evans Senior Center will run from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with a 15-minute break before and after the fireworks display.
Call (501) 835-8909 or email [email protected]
Fireworks in the spa town
Celebrate in Hot Springs with the free annual July 4th public fireworks display on Lake Hamilton on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. (exact start time depends on weather conditions). The fireworks will be fired from the middle of Lake Hamilton from barges on the east side of Arkansas 7 on the deck across from the DoubleTree Hot Springs, in sync with the music fans can access via the radio station KQUS-FM, 97.5 (US97 Country). In case of rain, the fireworks will be postponed to Monday. Call (501) 321-2027.
Camden marks Independence Day Sunday with the 21st edition Camden Star Spangled Spectacular at Camden Municipal Airport, 105 US 278, Camden.
Doors open at 6 p.m. The event will feature music (performances by singer-songwriter-producer Connor McMurray at 7 p.m. and Crutchfield the Band at 8 a.m.), special recognition from veterans, inflatable and kids’ events, and food vendors. The evening ends around 9 p.m. or 9 p.m. with the biggest professional fireworks display in South Arkansas, to patriotic music that will be broadcast on the FM transmitter frequency 94.3.
Free entry. Take lawn chairs or blankets. Visit explorecamden.com.
Conway Freedom Day
Conway Freedom Day6:30 p.m. Sunday at Beaverfork Lake Park, 20 Kinley Drive, Conway, marks Independence Day with music from the City Boyz, food trucks and fireworks after dark (from about 9 p.m.). Dogs are welcome (leashes mandatory and please respect other participants), but no tobacco, vaping or alcohol products. Take a blanket or a lawn chair. Consider carpooling as parking near the area is limited. Visit Freedomfestconway.com or facebook.com/events/159268546100699.
Washington State Historic Park in Washington (Hempstead County) will host the readings of the Declaration of Independence, as was commonly done in the 19th century, at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the city’s 1874 Tribunal. Sign your own “John Hancock” on a take-out copy of the Declaration. Call (870) 983-2684 or email [email protected] Visit ArkansasStateParks.com.