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Celebrate Independence This Weekend – July 4-7


As we celebrate our nation’s independence this weekend, there are plenty of fun activities around the state for your enjoyment. While many communities have fireworks on the fourth, several are celebrating on Friday and Saturday. There are also several great festivals, concerts and other outdoor activities planned this weekend. 

Festival at the Bay  (Fairfield Bay)

Head to Fairfield Bay this weekend for a fun festival and fireworks over the lake. There will be a  free concert, activities, parade, and a golf tournament. Enjoy! 

Venue: Fairfield Bay
Date: July 4-6
Contact: Click Here 

Super Summer Saturday  (Little Rock)

This weekend is one of the Clinton Center’s Super Summer Saturday events. There will be a  showing of Happy Feet and hands-on activities that will raise awareness about how plastic pollution effects Arkansas and the world. In conjunction with their current temporary exhibit, Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, this free family program will encourage environmental stewardship in a fun way. Movie will start at 4:30 p.m., and activities will end by 7:30 p.m. 

Venue: Clinton Presidential Center
Date: July 6
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here 

First Friday- (Bentonville)

The Bentonville Square is turned into a giant neighborhood block party every month. The First Friday theme for July is The Great Outdoors so NWA Space will be there talking all about the sun, solar telescopes, solar activity, UV reactive beads, and sunburns. The food trucks will open at 11 a.m. for lunch. Vendors will begin at 4 p.m. Concerts will begin at 4 p .m. Stop by the First Security Bank tent to meet the staff of our newest location. Don’t miss out!

Venue: Bentonville Square
Date: July 5
Time: 1 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here 

Celebrate Summer Day! (Hot Springs)

Head to Garvan Woodland Gardens this weekend to the Celebrate Summer festival day! Kid booths will open at 9 a.m. and include rainbow in a bag, pinwheel making, face painting, and ribbon dancers. Flossie’s food truck and Blue Elephant snow cones will be there, and the Beer Garden opens at 11 a.m. There will be live music by John Jordan. There will also be “sprinkler stations” at the Children’s Garden and Ellipse to cool down.  

Venue: Garvan Woodland Gardens
Date: July 6
Time: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. (Kids Booths will be from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.)
Admission: Members free | Regular admission all others: $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | free ages 0-3 Contact: Click Here 

Magic Springs Concert Series “Mudfest” (Hot Springs)

Get ready for a day of alternative ROCK featuring Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Trapt, Saving Abel, and Tantric at Magic Springs Timberwood Amphitheater Saturday, July 6. Venue gates open at 4:00 p.m. with the acts starting at 5:00 p.m. performing festival style with Puddle of Mudd closing out the day at 8:00 p.m. Bring your blankets, chairs, and enjoy the show!

Venue: Magic Springs
Date: July 6
Time: 5 p.m.
Admission: Regular Park Admission
Contact: Click Here 

Photo Credit: Arkansas Parks and Tourism 

Kayak Demo Day (Lake Fayetteville) 

Lewis and Clark is hosting a kayak demo day! They will be at Lake Fayetteville, letting anyone demo some of their different Riot kayak models. They will also be doing something special for this demo day. Anyone (ages 12+) who shows up for the demo day, will write their names down on a piece of paper. At the end of the day, they will draw one name. Whoever’s name is drawn, will win a  Lewis & Clark guided float trip for 4 people. The float trip will take place on Saturday, July 20th, 8am-2pm, at either the Kings River, War Eagle, or Illinois River (location depends on water levels). 

Venue: Lake Fayetteville
Date: July 6
Time: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Spaceberry Music Festival (Eureka Springs) 

The Spaceberry Music Festival is rooted in an appreciation of the magic that occurs when the people, place, atmosphere, and music come together under the stars just right. This will be the  10th festival season for music fans and artisans alike. There will be two nights of Forgotten Space, who are sure to steal your face with sets of Grateful Dead Tribute. Additionally, Magic Beans, Arkansas, Deep Sequence, Friends of the Phamily (10 Year Anniversary), Achi, The Irie Lions, and Who Knows will all be presenting an array of musical favorites.

Venue: The Farm Campground and Events
Date: July 4-6
Time: Click Here for Weekend Schedule
Admission: Tickets Required- Prices Vary
Contact: Click Here 

Mid-America Science Museum Summer Camps  (Hot Springs) 

If you are interested in Summer Camps at the Mid-America Science Museum in July check out what they are offering below. Sign up now!

Science with a Twist July 8 – July 12

Blending science, technology, engineering and art this STEAM driven camp will encourage campers to look at science in new and creative ways and put a twist on conventional hands-on science learning.

Minecraft in Real Life July 15 – July 19

Utilizing Minecraft for Education along with real-world Minecraft experiences this camp is for newcomers and experienced Minecraft experts.

Wizarding World of Science July 22 – July 26

View science through the lens of Harry Potter’s Wizarding World as campers learn to conjure potions, charms, build wands, master transfiguration, discover how to care for magical creatures and even learn how to properly play Quidditch!

Science Explorers II July 29 – Aug 2

Campers will continue delving into the creative side of SCIENCE during this multi-faceted camp that explores science in a new way with different themes each day.

Venue: Mid-America Science Museum
Contact: Click Here 

Fireworks First Security Amphitheater

Fireworks Shows around Arkansas

Pops on the River – Little Rock

What: Activities, Food Trucks, Entertainment, Contests, Fireworks
Where: First Security Amphitheater, Little Rock
When: July 4, 2019 / 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
What: Food Trucks, Entertainment, Fireworks
Where: Dam Site
When: July 4, 2019 / Music and Food at 7 pm; Fireworks – 9:30 p.m.
What: 5K, Activities, Food Trucks, Entertainment, Fireworks
Where: Riverside Park and Pavilion
When: July 4, 2019 / 7 a.m. until after dark
What: Fireworks show synchronized to music and broadcast on all Jonesboro radio stations.
Where: Southside Softball Complex on South Stadium Boulevard and South Caraway Road
When: July 4, 2019 / Parking – 7 pm; Fireworks – 9:30 p.m.
What: Festival, Concert, Fireworks
Where: Walmart AMP
When: July 4, 2019 / Gates open at 5 p.m.
What: Bouncy Houses, Concessions, Aquatic Park, Concert, Fireworks
Where: Prairie Grove
When: July 5, 2019 / 6 p.m.
What: Inflatables, Kids Activities, Concessions, Concert, Fireworks
Where: Camden Airport
When: July 4, 2019 / 6 p.m.
Cover photo courtesy of Arkansas Parks and Tourism. 

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