All patriotic hands on deck! As much of the world has returned to some state of "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.
39th 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 5 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.
Dickey-Stephens Park Fireworks Watch Party, North Little Rock
Dickey-Stephens is getting an extra dose of patriotism this year. There's no Tavs game on the schedule, but the park will be open to the public (free admission!) for those wanting a unique view of the Pops show across the river. Plus, guests can get in on ballpark concessions, on-field entertainment, train rides for the kiddos and access to Otey's Splash Pad. Click here for more info.
Bonus: The Travs may be out of town on Tuesday, but they'll be getting into the fireworks fun early with their own displays at home games on Friday, Sunday and Monday. More on that here.
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.
Red, White & Boom, Benton (July 3)
If you've got a busy Fourth on the books and want to kick it off right, this one's for you. Break out the blankets and head to River Center (behind Holland Chapel Church) to get your fix. Music, food and activities for the kids start at 6 p.m. The show starts at dark, or about 9 p.m. Click here for more info.
Fireworks & Food Trucks Independence Day Celebration, Sherwood (July 3)
That's one way to use a golf course. This free festival is getting the party started early this year, too, by revamping its annual fest with a kids zone, food trucks and music at The Greens at North Hills starting at 6 p.m. At dusk, just sit back, relax and enjoy the fireworks. Click here for more info. And if you want the best seats in the house, head for The Fundraiser on the Balcony and support the Sherwood Humane Animal Shelter while you're at it.
FYI: No word yet on Bryant's annual Pops in the Park event. We'll update this list if that changes.
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