Chances are your town, wherever it may be in the state, will have a fireworks display on Independence Day. Here are our picks for places to watch some of the biggest and brightest celebrations in Arkansas.
1. River Market
Pops on the River isn’t just a fireworks display; it’s a day-long extravaganza. The festivities start at 3 p.m. in the River Market District and don’t end until around 10:30 p.m., according to the Pops on the River website. There will be food trucks, live music, a singing competition and, of course, fireworks shot from the Main Street Bridge. This is a free event.
2. Dickey-Stephens Park
What’s more American than a good old-fashioned baseball game? The Arkansas Travelers play the Corpus Christi Hooks at 5:30 p.m. Watch the Travs play ball, then settle in to see the fireworks after the game. You’ll need to buy tickets to the game to see the fireworks afterward.
3. Broadway Bridge
If you’re not into crowds, this might be the spot for you. The pedestrian walkway on the bridge is set to open by the 4th, so you’ll be able to stroll to the middle of the bridge to watch the fireworks over the river. You’ll have a unique view – and you’ll be one of the first people to experience the sight from the newly built bridge. Walking across the bridge is free.
4. Walmart AMP
We can’t forget about Northwest Arkansas when we’re talking fireworks displays. The Walmart AMP is hosting a July 4th Fireworks Spectacular beginning at 6 p.m. The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas will give a concert and the fireworks show will begin around 9:15 p.m., according to the venue’s website. Family-friendly activities including face painting, mini golf and fire engine tours will be available in the Unilever/Kimberly-Clark parking lot near the Walmart AMP starting at 5 p.m. General admission costs $3, while covered seats can cost from $10 to $35.
5. Mountain Harbor Resort
If you’d rather your fireworks show take place over a lake, head to Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa on Lake Ouachita. This 12-hour party begins at 9:30 a.m. with a four-wheeler parade and ends at 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks display. A description of the event says guests attend “by land and by lake,” so if you have a boat, this is the time to use it.