Independence Day is quite possibly the most festive event of the summer. Full of parades, barbecues and magnificent light shows filling the skies, there are always a ton of great celebrations to choose from. This year we've compiled a quick list of some of our local favorites to cut back your planning time. Because less list making means more time for sparklers!
Kicking off our list is Pops on the River, which will take place Monday, July 4, in downtown Little Rock. In its 33rd year, the annual event has expanded to include more activities, additional hours, bigger fireworks show and a larger event site. This free community event is the largest Fourth of July event in the state as more than 30,000 are drawn downtown to the events surrounding Pops on the River.
Favorite activities include the Oh Say! Can you Sing? contest, as well as live music from various local artists and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. and are shot off the Main Street Bridge.
Hot Springs, AR
There's nothing quite as breathtaking as watching firework over a body of water. Spa City's Independence Celebration will be held July 2nd on Lake Hamilton with fireworks beginning at 8pm. Go out on the boat, or set up camp on the HWY 7 South Bridge (directly across from the Clarion Hotel). Both spots will provide you with a stunning view, and it's FREE. Starts at 8pm.
For over 85 years the town of Piggott has been celebrating the 4th of July with their annual parade and picnic. From politicians and beauty queens, this festive procession through town is a sight to see. Following the parade, enjoy some old fashioned BBQ and gather 'round the bandstand for speeches given by politicians. The beauty pageants, beginning on Saturday and continuing throughout the day on Monday. Then wrap up your weekend with a fireworks display at 10pm.
Heber Springs, AR
The evening includes a full roster of events and entertainment for the entire family. 2016's extravaganza will introduce the new Paddlemania kayak races and kayak tug-of-war beginning at 11 am. And partygoers can enjoy games and activities, food vendors, and live music beginning at 7pm. Then, at 9:30, one of the largest fireworks displays in Arkansas will light the skies as they are beautifully mirrored in the lake’s surface.
This nostalgic Independence Day celebration is full of old-fashioned games and old-time fun. The event kicks off at 10 am Saturday July 2nd with parade down Main Street and will include games and races for kids of all ages. And, of course, that legendary mountain music can be heard all day on the town square. Fireworks at the fairgrounds to begin at dark.
Cool down with ice-cold lemonade and refreshing watermelon and celebrate Independence Day as it was observed on the Arkansas frontier. Enjoy period music, living history performances, crafts and a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Museum Director Bill Worthen. A round of toasts to the nation and a rousing reading will have you cheering “Huzzah!”