If you are searching for inexpensive ways to pass time with the family on Independence Day, look no further. The following is a sample of area offerings including fireworks displays and more:
• The City of Greenbrier will host a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Greenbrier baseball park. Concessions will be available.
• A free celebration open to the public will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Mayflower High School football field. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. The event will include food vendors, children’s activities and live music.
• Pops on The River, the state’s largest Fourth of July celebration, features a free performance by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks display at the First Security Riverfront Amphitheater in Little Rock. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets as amphitheater seating is limited. Concessions will be available on-site. No personal fireworks, coolers or pets are allowed in the park.
• The public is invited to celebrate Independence Day at Historic Arkansas Museum’s annual Frontier Fourth of July celebration from 2-4 p.m. Thursday. The free event includes an old-time patriotic parade, living history, crafts, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and refreshments. Free parking is available at Third and Cumberland Streets.
• Petit Jean State Park will offer Fun and Games Day beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday at 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road in Morrilton. Among activities scheduled are a bicycle parade, water balloon games, a kickball game, a foot race and other family-oriented activities. A free guitar concert is planned for the early evening. Fireworks not permitted within park.
• A Flutter Kite craft event is slated for 11-11:30 a.m. Thursday at Woolly Hollow State Park, located at 82 Woolly Hollow Road in Greenbrier. Join the park interpreter in the creation of your own beautiful butterfly craft. Admission is free. Participants should meet outside the park’s snack bar. A scavenger hunt in the park will follow beginning at 2 p.m. The hunt will begin at Huckleberry Trailhead. Admission is free. For more information, call (501) 679-2098.
• Seven Point Lake Subdivision will host an All-American Independence Day Celebration open house on Thursday, with family fun, food and fireworks. Air Evac will be on site, alongside Hill Top Fire District's latest fire truck. Gates open at 6 p.m. and will culminate with a fireworks display starting around 9:20 p.m. provided by Seven Point Lake LLC. The celebration is open to the public; all proceeds will benefit the Hill Top Volunteer Fire District building fund. No personal fireworks allowed. Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket and bug spray and enjoy an evening by Seven Point Lake, just three miles South of Highway 64 Bypass on Highway 107. In the event of rain, the celebration will be rescheduled for Saturday.
And, some holiday notices and closings:
• The Faulkner County Library will be closed on Thursday.
• City of Conway offices will be closed on Thursday.
• All Conway Sanitation residential and commercial routes will run as scheduled on Thursday. The Conway Sanitation Office, ReUse Center, and Landfill are closed Thursday and will reopen for normal business hours on Friday.
(Megan Reynolds is a staff writer and can be reached by phone at 501-505-1277 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter @LCDonline, @meganpreynolds.)