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Fireworks On the River

Fireworks On the River

Amanda Galiano
Most cities around Arkansas have fireworks displays on the fourth and most state parks have something going on, including Petit Jean, Degray, Pinnacle and Mount Nebo. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs is also hosting an event. Hot Springs has a nice fireworks display too. There are many options to choose from all over the state. I am going to focus on the metro area, which is Little Rock and the few cities in its immediate vicinity.

Remember, fireworks are illegal within city limits, so go out and watch the professionals put on their displays.

  • Free Day at the Clinton Library : July 4 the Presidential Center is celebrating Independence Day with free admission.
  • Pops on the River : Bring chairs or blankets to Riverfront Park. The gates open at 5:30 p.m. There is music from 6:30 and fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. The Arkansas symphony plays patriotic music to go along with the display. There are also other activities and a marketplace. It is a free event on July 4th. More info
  • Rockets From the Roof at the Peabody : Sit on the Peabody's Rivertop deck and watch the fireworks over the river. Tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for kids and include a great view of the fireworks and a buffet style dinner. The dinner begins at 7 p.m. and lasts until the fireworks are completed between 9:30 and 10 p.m. They will also have activities for kids. Call the Peabody for more info: 501-399-8062.
  • Pinnacle Mountain Celebration: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. join park interpreters for fun games and activities like water balloon volleyball, tug-of-war, relay races and more. It's free on July 4th.
  • Frontier Fourth of July at Historic Arkansas Museum: From 2 to 4 p.m., the Historic Arkansas Museum presents a day of 19th century patriotism.
  • Maumelle Celebration: Maumelle has a parade, carnival rides, a concert and a fireworks display at Lake Willastein. Fireworks start after the band, the band starts at 8 p.m. Parade starts at 4:30 p.m. More info.
  • Sherwood's 4th of July Family Celebration : In Sherwood Forest from 6-9:00 p.m. Free food, entertainment and activities.
  • Benton Freedom Festival (formerly Bryant Family Fest) : Sorry Bryant, this festival has been moved to Benton. This is a large celebration lasting from July 3-4. There are bands, crafts and other fun things for kids, food and fireworks on July 4. Located at the old Benton Municipal Airport and Saline County Fairgrounds. Admission is free.
  • Bryantfest: Bryantfest is back this July 3-4. They have fireworks, a splash pad, ziplines, food, carnival rides and more. Lots of fun free stuff, but parking is $10. More info.

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