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Let Freedom Ring: Arkansas Independence Day Festivals

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There is nothing more American than…” It’s a phrase often used in humor and assigned to nostalgic food and experiences that proclaim the red, white and blue louder than any other. This Independence Day, as communities reopen and welcome visitors, star-spangled spectaculars are promising stronger performers, larger crowds, and grander fireworks displays.

Where will you be on this Independence Day?

Independence Day in Arkansas
Photo used with permission from Ventris Trail’s End Resort

Ventris Trail’s End Resort’s Fireworks Display | Garfield | July 3 | Event Details
Claimed by Reader’s Digest to be the best place to watch fireworks on July fourth, this 20th Anniversary display is meant to be viewed from the waters of Beaver Lake and is expecting record attendance and a grander show.

Freedom Fest on the Lake | Heber Springs | July 2-3 | Festival Details
This two-day festival will include a Trap Shoot Competition, The World Championship Cardboard Boat Races, a Friday night beach concert from two former contestants on The Voice, and the Fireworks Extravaganza over Greers Ferry Lake.

Summer Blast | Judsonia | July 3 | Event Details
An all-day family event that kicks off with a kids fishing derby and continues with a car show, magic show, watermelon eating contest, live music, and a ping pong ball drop with bike awards. Fireworks begin after dark and concessions are served all day!

 

Photo used with permission from Hot Springs National Park

B.A.R.K. Ranger Day at Hot Springs National Park | Hot Springs | July 3 | Event Details
As part of their Centennial Celebration, the pet-friendly national park hosts a day all about man’s best friend. The park’s K9 Ranger Konyak will be around along with demonstrations, pet owner classes, and a pet parade down the Grand Promenade.

Battle of Helena and Civil War Commemoration | July 3 | Helena-West Helena | Event Details
July 4 takes on a different meaning in Helena, where a “tide turning” battle was fought in Helena, defending the town against a confederate army and claiming victory. Visitors can watch cannon demonstrations and interact with reenactors.

Field of Dreams | July 3 | De Queen | Event Details
A local soccer field building a community sports venue hosts a family day of fun, including an obstacle course, FIFA tournament, soccer ball giveaway and local food trucks. Stay for the city’s Freedom Fest fireworks display after dark.

Let Freedom Roar! | July 3-5 | Little Rock Zoo | Event Details
Each day brings amphitheater shows with the Eagle Ambassadors, and attendees are encouraged to bring a stuffed lion or purchase one on-site.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence | July 3-5 | Washington | Event Details
In many 19th century towns, it was commonplace for a municipal leader to read the Declaration of Independence aloud for all community members gathered in a common space. Join the park interpreters for a reenactment of this historic event.


Independence Day Fireworks on Lake Hamilton | July 4 | Hot Springs |
Event Details
Fireworks will be displayed from barges in Lake Hamilton, synced to music that will play live on 97.5 FM US97.

Fireworks Spectacular | July 4 | Rogers | Event Details
Celebrate freedom under the star at the Walmart Amp with Fireworks displayed live to the Northwest Arkansas Symphony Orchestra music.

Star-Spangled Spectacular | July 4 | Camden | Event Details
South Arkansas’ largest fireworks display promises to be a free evening of fun for the whole family. This year, headlining performers are Crutchfield and Band, who recently competed in MAD Battle of the Bands and traveled and opened for David Crowder.

“United We Stand” Searcy Beats & Eats | July 4 | Searcy | Event Details
Bringing back the fun of playing in the streets with Nashville headliner Elvie Shane, patriotic clown characters, Salute to the Armed Forces, food trucks and community yard games.

POPS on the River | July 4 | Little Rock | Event Details
Arkansas’ largest July fourth festival, this family-friendly, open field day is filled with local food vendors, military appreciation celebrations, and live music by Arkansas’ Symphony Orchestra.

Independence Day in Arkansas
Photo used with permission from Pops on the River

Local Community Firework Displays

Saturday, July 3rd

Photo used with permission from Freedom Fest Conway

  • July 3 | Batesville | Main Street Rocks Concert | Event Details
  • July 3 | Sherwood | Independence Day Family Celebration | Event Details
  • July 3 | Prairie Grove | Fireworks Display | Event Details

Sunday, July 4th

  • July 4 | Lockesburg | Fireworks in the Park
  • July 4 | Rogers | Fireworks at the Crosses | Event Details
  • July 4 | Springdale | 4th at the Field, Arvest Ballpark | Event Details
  • July 4 | Bentonville | An Evening at Orchards Park | Event Details
  • July 4 | Jonesboro | 4th Fest | Event Details
  • July 4 | Jacksonville | Big Bang on the Range | Event Details
  • July 4 | Mount Ida, Mountain Harbor | Patriotic Four-Wheeler Display and Fireworks Display | Event Details
  • July 4 | Mount Magazine, Paris | Fireworks in the Valley | Event Details

Independence Day in Arkansas

Photo used with permission from Sevier County Tourism

Photo used with permission from Freedom Fest Conway

  • July 4 | Eureka Springs | Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks | Event Details
  • July 4 | Mayflower | Independence Day Celebration | Event Details
  • July 4 | Fort Smith | Mayor’s Riverfront Celebration | Event Details
  • July 4 | Ashdown | Fireworks Show | Event Details

Natural State Fun after Independence Day

Make the most of the rest of your Arkansas summer with some of these other tips about food, events and continued learning.

Cover photo of First Security Amphitheater courtesy of Arkansas Parks & Tourism.

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Keisha (Pittman) McKinney lives in South Arkansas with her husband and sweet Boxer, Bailey and one-year-old son! Keisha is passionate about connecting people and building community, seeking solutions to the everyday big and small things, and encouraging others through the mundane, hard, and typical that life often brings. She put her communications background to work as a former Non-profit Executive Director, college recruiter and fundraiser, and Digital Media Director at a large church in Northwest Arkansas. Now she is using all of those experiences through McKinney Media Solutions and her blog @bigpittstop which includes daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats, the social justice cases on her heart, and all that she is learning as a #boymom!

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