LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Lots of fireworks going off through Independence Day in central Arkansas.
But let’s not stop there. Plenty of other events are taking place in and around the holiday with all manner of family entertainment on tap.
Here’s a list of where to go and what to see for the July 4th holiday:
Heber Springs Freedom Fest on the Lake
June 30 – July 1, times vary
Heber Springs, Sandy Beach, West Front Street, Heber Springs
A concert on June 30 by Drasco, July 1 at 10 a.m. is the cardboard boat races, live band Just Sayin’ at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
July 4th celebration
July 1, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Fairfield Bay, Fairfield Bay Marina
An all-day event, capping off with a live band at 7 p.m. and fireworks at dark. Come by land, come by water with boat rentals available at the marina.
Independence Day Celebration
July 1, 6 p.m. ‘til
Damascus, North Road
Live music, free meal and activities for the children, fireworks at dusk, hosted by the Damascus Fire Department.
Stars and Stripes 4th of July Fireworks
July 1 (time not given)
Hot Springs Village, Balboa Beach, 476 Ponce de Leon Drive
A fireworks show to watch from the beach.
Kid’s 4th of July Wreath Craft
July 3, 10 a.m.
Little Rock, CALS Children’s Library and Learning Center
Conway Freedom Fest
July 3, 6 p.m. – dark
Conway, Beaver Fork Lake, 20 Kinley Drive
Food trucks, live music and swimming with a fireworks show at dark.
Balboa Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade
July 3, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Hot Springs Village, Balboa Yacht Club,
Hosted by the club, the boat parade will tour the lake. Participants should show up with their decorated boat at the Lake Balboa spillway at 7:30 p.m. for a trip through the coves.
DeGray Lake 8th annual Independence Day Freedom 5K/10K
July 4, 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. start
Bismark, The Lodge at DeGray Lake Resort State Park, 2027 State Park Entrance Rd., Bismarck
Chip-timed races for runners of all ages and abilities, awards to the top three finishers by age and gender. Also has a patriotic costume contest. Register at the site or online.
Russellville July 4th Fireworks and Celebration
July 4, 5 p.m. ‘til
Food is available at 5 p.m., followed by live music at 7:30 p.m., then fireworks at 9:30 p.m. in this event by Mainstreet Russellville.
Pops on the River
July 4, 5-11 p.m.
Little Rock, First Security Amphitheater 400 President Clinton Ave
Reserved seating and VIP tickets are available to see performers Rodney Block, Nicky Parrish and Midnight South. Food trucks will also be on hand and kids’ activities are planned.
Big Bang on the Range
July 4, 5 p.m.
Jacksonville, AGFF Shooting Range Sports Complex, 2800 Graham Road
It is recommended you bring a chair or blanket to watch this free fireworks show. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 9:30 p.m.
July 4th Fun and Games
July 4, all-day
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton
Park staff will have various games and activities throughout the park for family fun.
Celebrate on the Submarine
July 4, 7-10 p.m.
North Little Rock, Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, 120 Riverfront Drive
For more Arkansas events, check out our Community Calendar.