All patriotic hands on deck! While much of the world is still working on getting back to "normal," one thing remains the same: Fireworks are still the best way to celebrate the Fourth of July.
From downtown's big display to sparks outside city limits, here are the best places to party in the U.S.A., then kick back and enjoy the show.
38th Annual Pops on the River, Little Rock
Firework shows don't get much better than on the Arkansas River every July 4, and this display at the First Security Amphitheater is downright iconic. Over the years, Pops on the River has become a must-attend for those looking to celebrate the holiday with a side of food trucks, family activities, vendors and entertainment. The free fireworks show is accompanied by music from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. The fun begins at 3 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. Click here for more info.
FYI: Parking can be a little tricky with big events, so check out this map of lots and garages around downtown Little Rock to get a game plan before you set out.
Arkansas Travelers Furious Firework Finale, North Little Rock
The Travs are getting an extra dose of patriotism at Dickey-Stephens Park. As the players take the field against the Springfield Cardinals on Monday, attendees can upgrade tickets to include an all-you-can-eat picnic and, of course, stick around for an over-the-top fireworks display afterward. Game time is 5:35 p.m. Click here for more info.
4th Fest Parade & Fireworks, Maumelle
Who doesn't love a parade, especially with stars, stripes and spangles? This year's free festivities kick off with the parade along Millwood Circle and Club Manor Drive with walkers, cars and trailers decorated to the nines. Next is the fesival with vendors, food, entertainment and games at Lake Willastein, ending with the fireworks show. The parade starts at 4:30 p.m. and the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Click here for more info.
Big Bang on the Range, Jacksonville
Set at the Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex, these annual free festivities and fireworks are back for another year, complete with a full lineup of live music, activities for the kiddos and lots of eats and drinks. Gates open at 5 p.m. and fireworks start at 9 p.m. Click here for more info.
Pops in the Park, Bryant
Pull up at Bishop Park to get your fill of lawn games, music and food trucks before the big show. Just make sure to bring your blankets and spread out in the outfields of complex A, B, C or D for great views. The free fun starts at 6 p.m. Click here for more info.
Red, White & Boom Fireworks Show, Benton
If you've got a busy Fourth on the books, but still want to cap it off with a fantastic fireworks display, this one's for you. Break out the blankets and head to River Center (behind Holland Chapel Church) to get your fix. The show starts at dark, or about 9 p.m. Click here for more info.
Independence Day Family Celebration (July 2), Sherwood
In this case, fireworks in a forest mix just fine. The annual free festival is getting the party started early this year, bringing back the kids zone, food trucks and music to Sherwood Forest starting at 6 p.m. Afterward, just sit back, relax and enjoy the fireworks at dusk. Click here for more info.