The Perfect Fourth of July in Arkansas

It’s time to get your red, white, and blue on! Whether you’re an Arkansan or you’re just visiting for the weekend, you won’t want to miss out on any of the amazing Fourth of July events being planned throughout the Natural State. For Independence Day 2019, let our shared freedoms ring as we celebrate the perfect Fourth of July in our amazing Arkansas! Happy Birthday, America!

1. Pops on the River, Little Rock, AR

With an annual attendance of over 30,000 people, Pops on the River is one of the largest Fourth of July events in all of Arkansas. This family-friendly community celebration in downtown Little Rock is presented by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and has been saluting our freedom for over 35 years now. The celebration in the River Market District begins at 3 p.m. with free children’s activities in the Kid’s Pavilion (sponsored by Arkansas Children’s Hospital). Pops on the river also features live entertainment like the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. 

2. Mayor’s Annual 4th of July Celebration at Riverfront Park, Fort Smith, AR

Join the mayor at this annual event in downtown Fort Smith at Harry E. Kelley Park (better known as Riverfront Park) as you celebrate America’s Independence Day this year. This patriotic event kicks off at 7 p.m. with live music from the Boss Tweeds, River Valley Community Band, and Mr. Cabbagehead & the Screamin’ Radishes. The amazing fireworks at the Mayor’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration are set to begin at 9:30 p.m. Concessions from various veteran organizations will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

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3. Ventris Trail’s End Resort Fireworks Display, Garfield, AR

You’ll need your life jacket to properly experience this outstanding show. Every year around July 4, Ventris Trail’s End Resort lights up the well-known Beaver Lake with one of Northwest Arkansas’ largest fireworks displays. This spectacular show is meant to be seen only by boat as the fireworks are projected in a way that creates an incredible reflection off of the lake’s water. Oh, and did we mention that this breathtaking fireworks display is also choreographed to music?! This year's Ventris Trail’s event will be held on July 6.   

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4. The John G. Eastwood Memorial 4th of July Fireworks Show at Bull Shoals Lake, Bull Shoals, AR

If you can see the Bull Shoals Dam then you’ll be able to see this annual firework show at Bull Shoals. This July 4, the John G. Eastwood Memorial 4th of July Fireworks Show is presented by the Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock at the Bull Shoals-White River Dam. Popular areas to watch these amazing fireworks include the Bull Shoals-White River State Park Day Use Area and the James A. Gaston Visitors Center, as well as from private boats in the Lakeview and Promised Land lake areas. 

5. Fourth of July at Harbor, Mount Ida, AR

Come by land or come by lake, but come to Lake Ouachita! It’ll be a red, white, and blue party all day long at this spectacular event hosted by the Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa on Lake Ouachita. A popular four-wheeler parade kicks off the annual Fourth of July at Harbor! at 8:30 a.m. at the Park in South Harbor. This event’s patriot schedule features an old-fashioned flag raising, group singing, recital of the Pledge of Allegiance, and so much more. Fireworks will begin to light up the beautiful Lake Ouachita at 9:30 p.m.

6. An American Salute at the Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR

This festival is calling your name if you’re excited to celebrate this dazzling holiday and revolutionary country. An American Salute is a ticketed event that will excite everyone who comes—the fantastic music by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, the ambiance, the fireworks, and more are all hugely admired by the many festival goers. In the parking lot, there will be a Family Fun Festival going on, which will have more live music, face painters, balloon artists, lawn games, a fire truck, airbrush portrait artists, and much more. Did somebody say free watermelon? Yup! Bring the family and enjoy all this festival sponsored by Lost Forty Brewing, Fayetteville FlyerPlayStation, and many more has to offer!

7. An Evening in Orchard Park, Bentonville, AR

Send America birthday wishes from this popular event in Northwest Arkansas. An Evening in the Orchard is hosted by the City of Bentonville in celebration of our Nation’s Independence. This annual community event features live music that begins at 7 p.m. and one of the largest fireworks shows in the Northwest Arkansas area at 9:30 p.m. 

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