Lighting bottle rockets out of a can and watching the tiny missiles shoot off into the night is one of the fondest memories of my early years. Finally being handed the lighter and set loose to fire these pyrotechnics off was a formative experience.
While shooting off small fireworks is great family fun, there’s nothing quite like watching a massive fireworks spectacle.
All across Arkansas, there will be major fireworks shows in honor of the Fourth of July. From Little Rock to West Memphis, there are events going on all week.
Around Little Rock
Wednesday, July 3
What: All American Fish Fry
Where: Flyway Brewing
When: 4 pm
Flyway Brewing and Eat My Catfish are joining forces for an old-fashioned fish fry. You’ll find all the essentials: catfish, cold beer, game and fun.
Thursday, July 4
What: Big Bang on the Range Firework Show
Where: Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex
When: 5 pm
The Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex is hosting a night full of fun events. Starting at 5 pm, the gates to the complex open, and you can find food trucks galore. There will be inflatables, 3D Laser Tag, a mobile video game truck, and live entertainment. At 9 pm,, the fireworks show will light up the sky.
What: Pops on the River Watch Party
Where: Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
When: 9:30 pm
Fireworks will blast over the Arkansas River on the Fourth of July, and the best seat in the house will be at the Pops on the River Watch Party. And this party? It’s taking place aboard a submarine – the USS Razorback, which served during World War II and during the Cold War. The watch party is $10 per person and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Children five and under are free.
Thursday, July 4-Friday, July 5
What: Arkansas Travelers Post-Game Fireworks
Where: Dickey-Stephens Park
When: 6:10 pm
There’s nothing more American than watching a baseball game on July 4. The heady mix of America’s pastime and the anniversary of the nation’s founding should be experienced at least once. After the games on Thursday and Friday, there were be a fireworks display. Tickets for the games are $6-12.
What: 4thof July Extravaganza
Where: Beebe Ballpark
When: July 4 at 5:30 pm
This free celebration will feature free food, drinks, ice cream and live entertainment. Of course, to top it all off, there will be a spectacular fireworks show. During the event, there will be three giant water slides for kids, along with train rides and a reptile exhibit.
What: 4th Festival at the Bay
Where: Fairfield Bay
At Fairfield Bay, the 4thof July celebrations aren’t limited to a single day. All week, there will be fun events going on from a free concert to golf and more. On July 5, there will be fireworks over the lake. It will be a fun week!
What: 2019 Fireworks Extravaganza
Where: Dam Site Park
When: 7 pm
Starting at 7 pm, partygoers can enjoy live music and food. However, the big ticket event starts at 9:30 with what is described as one of the largest fireworks displays in Arkansas. The Fireworks Spectacular will take place over the lake. The show is free but there is a $10 donation for those traveling by car.
What: 34thAnnual Independence Eve Fireworks Show
Where: Norfork Lake
When: July 3
Whether you’re on a boat or on land, the fireworks over Norfork Lake during this show will be awe-inspiring. When dusk settles, the fireworks show will light up the sky from the 101 and 62 bridges.
What: Fourth of July at Harbor
Where: Mount Ida lake
When: 9:30 pm
The fireworks will start at 9:30 pm over the lake. However, the festivities will kick off at 8;30 am with a Fourth of July Four Wheeler Parade.