This weekend we are hanging out our flags, buying fireworks, and getting ready to burn a lot of meat on an open flame. But before we celebrate the Fourth, take some time to enjoy these great events around the state.
Monthly History Talk – Lake Village
Rodney Harris with the University of Arkansas and Williams Baptist College presents, “A Case Study in Diversity: Southeast Arkansas Legislators, 1868-Jim Crow.” During Reconstruction (1867-1874), Republicans, including the first African American office holders, controlled most political positions in Arkansas. Many people assume that African American in office ended with Democrats’ political redemption in 1874. Despite redemption, office holding on the local and legislative level remained quite diverse until 1893. Southeast Arkansas continued to elect Republicans, both black and white, along with Democrats at the county level and to the general assembly. This electoral diversity makes Southeast Arkansas unique and worthy of further examination.
June 29, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
601 Highway 142
Lake Village, AR 71653
16th Annual Ventris Trail’s End Resort’s Fireworks Display – Garfield
We welcome you to the 16th Annual Ventris Trail’s End Resort’s Fireworks Display in honor of our nation’s independence. Watch thousands of fireworks light up the night sky while listening to patriotic music. Show is to be seen by boat only.
July 1, 2017, 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
South of Marker 8 on Beaver Lake
9484 Simrell Drive
Garfield, AR 72732
The Reading and Signing of the Declaration of Independence – Washington
Hear the Declaration of Independence read as was commonly done in the 19th century at the 1874 Courthouse Visitor Center. Afterwards, sign your own “John Hancock” to a copy of the Declaration that you may keep to take home. Event will take place at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
July 1, 2017, 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Historic Washington State Park
Washington, AR 71862
Independence Day Celebration – Mountain View
Old time gathering with music, watermelon, parade, and fireworks.
July 1, 2017 – July 4, 2017
Stone County Courthouse
Mountain View, AR 72560
Urban Goat-Tending Workshop – Springdale
Session one focuses on the basics of small-scale goat raising, including breeds, anatomy, goat psychology, diet, fencing, housing, and city ordinances. Session two focuses on nutrition, health, hygiene, breeding, and milking. Both sessions will be led by Greedy Goats owners Connie Rieper-Estes and Jason Estes. Space is limited; preregistration by June 23 is encouraged.
July 1, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
118 W. Johnson Ave.
Springdale, AR 72764
Admission: $10 per session
HectorFest-Dogg Daze Festival – Hector
Bring the family to enjoy music, food and craft vendors, and a fireworks show all benefitting the fundraiser for Hector Scholarship Foundation. A beauty pageant is held the weekend before the festival.
July 1, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Cecil Riley Memorial Park
11594 AR HWY 27
Hector, AR 72843
34th Annual Pops on the River – Little Rock
In its 34th year, Pops on the River is a free community event and the largest Fourth of July event in the state with more than 30,000 attendees. The event has expanded to include more activities and a bigger fireworks show. Activities include: free children’s activities, a shopping marketplace, food trucks and lots of entertainment. Entertainment inside the First Security Amphitheater includes the Oh Say! Can you Sing? contest, live music and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
July 4, 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
First Security Amphitheater
400 President Clinton Ave
Little Rock, AR 72201