Arkansas Fireworks + Day Activities for 4th of July 2019


Ahh the 4th of July…It’s like I can almost smell the grilling hotdogs and firecracker smoke already. There are so many ways to celebrate our nation’s independence. Some of you may prefer smaller at-home gatherings with friends and family with DIY fireworks shows. Others, prefer to be in the action of downtown watching big celebrations on the river.

Whichever way you like to celebrate the 4th, I have outlined where the big fireworks displays will be, unique experiences available where you can still view the fireworks and daytime activities because let’s face it, you get the day off work for a reason! Enjoy yourself this holiday and I wish each and every one of you a safe and happy 4th of July!


Fireworks Displays

Pops in the Park. The City of Bryant and the Greater Bryant Chamber of Commerce have partnered to put on Pops in the Park on July 4th. The event takes place at Bishop Park and is FREE to the public! There will be food trucks and games starting at 7pm with fireworks displays starting at dark.

18th Annual 4th of July Family Celebration at Sherwood Forest: Munch on free hot dogs and chips (while they last!), and enjoy entertainment and a fireworks display to close out the evening. July 4 from 6-9 p.m.

36th Annual Pops on the River at the River Market: Be part of a central Arkansas tradition, which includes free children’s activities, a shopping marketplace, food trucks and lots of entertainment. Entertainment inside the First Security Amphitheater includes a performance by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Around 9:30 p.m. sit back and enjoy a glorious firework show. July 4 from 3-10:30 p.m.

Big Bang on the Range at Shooting Sports Complex in Jacksonville: Bring lawn chairs and blankets for lawn seating and festive fireworks show. There are inflatables for kids and concessions for everyone. Event is special needs accessible. Gates open at 5 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. July 4.

Fireworks at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs Village: The fireworks will be shot from the middle of Lake Hamilton from barges located on the east side of Highway 7 at the first Highway 7 bridge. Directly opposite from the Clarion Hotel. July 4. Begins at dusk.

July 4th Events at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa: Begin the holiday at 9 a.m. with a patriotic Fourth of July Four Wheeler Parade. After a heartwarming flag-raising ceremony with kids, dogs and group singing, the parade rolls through Harbor South and heads to the Lodge. At 9:30 p.m., the lake’s largest fireworks display lights up the lake with patriotic music.

July 4th Island Fest at DeGray Lake Resort State Park: Park guests and community members enjoy traditional Independence Day games and activities, including a watermelon eating contest, water balloon games, a 5K and more. Activities culminate for those 12 and under with an underwater treasure hunt in the lodge pool. The traditional fireworks show lights up the night sky over the lake after dark around 9:30 p.m. July 4 from 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Maumelle 4th Fest at Lake Willastein Park: Celebrate Independence Day in traditional Maumelle style! The 4th of July Parade begins at 4:30 p.m., the Cardboard Boat races begins shortly after at 5:30 p.m. (register here), followed by games, music and more. The evening culminates with a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

Cabot’s 4th of July Celebration: It’s a great time for the whole family in Cabot on July 3! There will be live music, face painting, balloon animals, bounce houses, food trucks and a dunking booth to keep everyone entertained all evening. The fireworks show starts around 9:15 p.m. July 3 from 6-9:30 p.m.


Viewing Experiences

Damgoode Pies Patio 4th of July: Damgoode Pies wants to provide you with the best seat in the house to view the 36th Pops on the River! Sit at your own private table, eat pizza, drink beers, and enjoy the Fourth of July Festivities plus FIREWORKS! Tables are available for 4 to 6 people ranging from $40 to $60 to reserve for the evening.

Fourth of July Fireworks Aboard the USS Razorback: Get a great view of the fireworks at this party in North Little Rock. Doors open at 7 p.m., fireworks start at 9 p.m. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and soft drinks available for purchase as well as a donation bar. Tickets cost $10 and kids 5 and under get in free. July 4 from 7-10 p.m.

Fireworks at Dickey-Stephens Park: Head out to the ballpark for fireworks as the Travs take on the Springfield Cardinals at 5:30 p.m. on July 4 at home. Concessions are open throughout the evening. Enjoy the fireworks after the game from the seats at the ballpark! $6-$12.

3rd Annual 4th of July Party at Two Rivers: Join the Rock Town River Outfitters and Rock City Rowing for water activities, food, and Sunshine for the 4th of July this year! There is a brand-new boathouse at Two Rivers Bridge and kayaks will be out for demos and rental discounts. The fireworks can be seen from Two Rivers for the Sunset Tour!


Day Activities

First Thursday In July Ice Cream Social PLUS. The Hillcrest Merchants Association will again be hosting their First Thursday In July Ice Cream Social PLUS. Since the 4th of July is on First Thursday this year, very special activities will be occurring that afternoon and evening. The theme is vintage patriotic. The Quapaw Brass Quintet will play at The Crest Park (in front of Kroger) from 6-7 pm and free ice cream, lemonade, cookies, popcorn, and other goodies will be available. There will also be an adult refreshment area with seating and eating under shaded tents.

July 4th Fun and Games Day at Petit Jean State Park: Join the park staff at the picnic area for a celebration of our nation’s birthday! There will be a bicycle parade, wheelbarrow race, watermelon eating contest, water balloon volleyball and more! 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4.

Let Freedom Roar at the Little Rock Zoo: Celebrate Independence Day with special activities at the Zoo! At 11 a.m., meet and greet with a bald eagle; at 11:30 a.m. head to the front plaza for activities and crafts and at 1:30 p.m. watch the freedom parade starting at the front plaza and ending at the big cats overlook. July 4 the zoo is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; regular admission applies.

4th of July Skate at Arkansas Skatium: Celebrate the holiday with some afternoon fun! Burn some calories in the cool air conditioning roller skating and ice skating! Think you might get hungry? Hot dogs and corn dogs will be sold for only $1. July 4 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission and rental fees apply.

Frontier Fourth of July at Historic Arkansas Museum: Celebrate Independence Day as it was celebrated on the Arkansas frontier. Activities include an old-time patriotic parade, 19th-century music, free watermelon, and cold lemonade, and encounters with people from the past. Children can walk on stilts and play other pioneer games, and they’ll be invited to take up brooms and wooden rakes to train with the militia. They also can create flags, streamers, and signs to use in the parade. 10 a.m.-noon. July 4.

Fourth of July Activities at Pinnacle Mountain State Park: Stop by the park for a variety of fun and educational activities. The fun includes a reptile roundup from 9-10 a.m., a hike on the Kingfisher trail from 1-2 p.m. and a time to learn about a view different bugs from 3-4 p.m. July 4.

Red, White & You Picnic in the Park at Hot Springs National Park: Join this family-friendly, old fashioned July 4th celebration in Hot Springs National Park. Food is available for purchase and kids can pay a nominal fee for bounce houses, temporary tattoos, and face painting. Nominal charge for the bounce house, tattoos and face painting. No charge to attend. The fun goes from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

43rd Fleet Feet Sports Firecracker 5K: At this race, firecrackers are given out to the first 50 men and first 50 women who cross the finish line. All kids ages 12 and under receive a medal. The course begins at Kavanaugh and University and ends at War Memorial Stadium. $30 July 3-race day. Registration begins 6 a.m.; race starts 7:30 a.m. July 4.

Well folks, those are all of the fireworks displays, viewing experiences and daytime activities that I know of for the 4th of July! As I hear of more local events, I will update this list so make sure to check back before making your final plans!

How do you plan on spending the day? I’m very excited that my family is coming up from Dallas, TX and I am thinking there is definitely some grilling in our future!

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