Wow! This area of Arkansas and our neighboring Oklahoma friends are certainly proud of the US of A! Almost every town around us will be celebrating our nation’s 243rd birthday with plenty of festivities for the entire family. Nothing makes your heart swell with patriotic pride like eating past our fill and lighting the night skies up with Chinese gunpowder!
Lavaca celebrated Independence Day a little early, as it is their tradition for fireworks and fun on the Sunday night before July 4th. Hopefully, you were able to enjoy that!
On Wednesday, July 3, the cities of Barling and Paris will light up the sky. Paris’ fun begins at 6 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m.
On July 4th, more than a handful will be celebrating at almost the same times. Choose your location carefully.
Van Buren will start at 7 pm at the rodeo grounds. The Fort Smith’s annual Mayor’s Fireworks will begin promptly at 9:30 p.m. Greenwood’s fireworks display never disappoints. They will start at 9 p.m. Charleston’s show will start at 6:30 p.m. at Greenhurst’ Nursing Center with free hotdogs and all the trimmings!
Hackett will start at 7 p.m. with music and free food as well! Mansfield will be having their displays at the High School with a Corn Hole Championship at 5 p.m. with food and concessions available and then fireworks begin at dusk. Hartford is putting on a big night at the city park! They’ll have a Domino Tournament beginning at 3 p.m. and then a Hot Dog Eating Contest at 5 p.m. There will be music and then the firework fuse is lit at dusk!
Scott County folks in the Waldron area will also enjoy a big celebration! The event will be held at Sodie Davidson Park on the Fourth. There will be concessions, music and the pool will be open. Fireworks are set to begin at 9:15 p.m.
Our Oklahoma neighbors of Spiro and Poteau will both start at dusk with Poteau’s festivities being located at the pool/park. Additionally, Tri-State Speedway will have their fireworks display on July 6.
Pick your celebration and be safe! Happy Independence Day!
(Again, Wednesday, July 3-Barling, Paris. Thursday, July 4-Fort Smith, Van Buren, Waldron, Charleston, Greenwood, Hackett, Mansfield, and Hartford)