Fourth of July Celebrations in the Arkansas Ozarks

Jill M. Rohrbach

What are your plans for celebrating the Fourth of July? If you don’t have any yet, there are tons of events going on throughout the Ozarks. Check ‘em out:

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10th annual Ventris Trail’s End Resort’s Fireworks Display; July 2; Garfield

Event Details: We welcome you to the 10th annual Ventris Trail’s End Resort’s fireworks display in honor of our Nation’s Independence! Watch and be awed as thousands of fireworks light up the night’s sky while listening to inspirational music! Show is to be seen by boat only. Just South of marker “8” on Beaver Lake. We hope to see you there!

479-359-3912
Exact Location: Just South of marker “8” on Beaver Lake.
Admission: Free
http://www.beaverlakeresorts.com/

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Independence Day Celebration; July 2; Mountain View

Event Details: Your entire family can enjoy this celebration having fun like bobbing for apples, sack racing, carrying eggs and watermelon seed spitting contests. In between there is ice cold watermelon for a hot July day. All of this is only a small part of the Park and the Craft Village! There are also meals at the Smokehouse or the Skillet Restaurant, and those staying at the Cabins at Dry Creek can enjoy swimming in the outdoor pool.

870-269-3851
Exact Location:
Admission: TBA
http://www.ozarkfolkcenter.com/

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Donkey Days–The True Spirit of Independence; July 2; Mountain View

Event Details: The early Ozark settlers would not have been nearly as comfortable or productive without their long-eared companions. Join us for a celebration of the shear stubborn cussed-ness of the mules and donkeys of the Ozarks. Donkey races, fashion shows, and fun and games where the long-ears make fools of their human companions make this unique celebration a fun way to start your 4th of July holiday. Races start will be in the lower parking lot at the Ozark Folk Center. Pre-registration required for competitors, no fee for spectators.

870-269-3851
Exact Location:
Admission: TBA
http://www.ozarkfolkcenter.com/

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Fireworks Extravaganza Over Greers Ferry Lake; July 2; Heber Springs

Event Details: One of the largest fireworks displays in Arkansas. Over beautiful Greers Ferry Lake. Live entertainment, food vendors and kids activities are also available at Sandy Beach.

501-362-2444
Exact Location: Sandy Beach on Greers Ferry Lake
Admission: $5 parking
http://www.heber-springs.com/content/

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67th annual Rodeo of the Ozarks and Parade; June 29 – July 2; Springdale

Event Details: Come to downtown Springdale early to pick your best view along historic Emma Avenue! Floats, marching bands, clowns, queens and hundreds of horses will take part in this annual event.

479-756-0464
Exact Location: Downtown
http://parsonsstadium.com/

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All American Weekend; July 2 – July 3; Eureka Springs

Event Details: Chili cook-off, parade, street dance, poker run, fun bike ride, small kids’ carnival. A full weekend of family fun! Benefits NWA Special Olympics.

479-239-4562
Exact Location: 2010 at 4028 E. Van Buren
http://www.allamericanweekend.com/ 

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Independence Day Celebration; July 2 – July 4; Bull Shoals

Event Details: Enjoy all-American fun for the entire family! Recreational activities are scheduled all weekend. Activities include the infamous watermelon eating contest, seed spitting contest, the “Wet as a Trout” slip and slide, plus a variety of other fun games. Certificates will be awarded! Please contact the park for a detailed schedule.

870-445-3629
Exact Location:
Admission: Free

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Devil’s Den State Park Kid’s Softball Semifinal Games I and II; July 3; West Fork

Event Details: Softball is a longstanding tradition at Devil’s Den State Park! The team that wins this game will go on the championship game to be played Monday, July 4th at 4 p.m. All kids age 14 and under are encouraged to join in the fun!

479-761-3325
Exact Location: Softball Field in Area E
Admission: Free

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Lions Club Fun in the Park and Fireworks Display; July 3; Calico Rock

Event Details: A fun day in the park! Dog show, kids’ games, and fireworks. Concessions available. Sponsored by Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club.

870-297-4129
Exact Location: Earl King Park — Hwy 56
Admission: Free
http://www.calicorock.us/

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Fourth of July Extravaganza; July 4; Eureka Springs

Event Details: Largest display in the area. Main fireworks display starts at dusk, and visitors may bring their own. Food and soft drink concessions available.

479-253-3790
Exact Location: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, 7 miles south of town on Hwy 23
Admission: Free, donations accepted.
http://www.turpentinecreek.org

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Fireworks Display; July 4; Pocahontas

Event Details: Fireworks on the Black River.

870-892-8801
Exact Location: Riverfront Park in Pocahontas
Admission: Free

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Fireworks In The Park; July 4; Salem

Event Details: Food, music, games in the Salem City Park followed by a big Fireworks display over the lake.

870-895-5565
Exact Location: Salem City Park
Admission: Free
www.SalemAR.com

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4th of July Parade and Celebration; July 4; Horseshoe Bend

Event Details: Parade, ice cream social, boat flotilla, and top off the day with fireworks over Turkey Mountain Golf Course!

870-670-5764
Exact Location: Parade – downtown Fireworks – Turkey Mountain Golf Course
http://www.horseshoebendarcc.com/

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Thunder On Thunderbird 4th of July Festival and Celebration; July 4; Cherokee Village

Event Details: 11 a.m. Festival and a celebration of our country’s independence. Vendors, bounce houses, dunk tank, live music starts at 2 p.m., Bottom Land Band, Backflash, and Heywyre will appear. Hot dog eating contest at 4 p.m. Boat parade on Lake Thunderbird starts at 7 p.m., followed by an awesome helicopter airshow over the lake at 8:15 p.m., and then the huge fireworks show done to music over beautiful Lake Thunderbird.

870-257-3969
Exact Location: Town Center and Lake Thunderbird
Admission: Free
http://www.rockthunderbird.com/

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Fire in the Sky; July 4; Siloam Springs

Event Details: Fire in the Sky is a firework show presented by the City of Siloam Springs.

479-524-5779
Exact Location: Siloam Springs Airport
Admission: Free
http://www.siloamsprings.com/

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Family Fun Downtown 4th of July in Eureka Springs; July 4; Eureka Springs

Event Details: Cupcake walk, international watermelon seed spitting contest and more. Fun activities all day in the heart of downtown Eureka Springs. All free and family-friendly. Starts at noon.

479-244-5074
Exact Location: Basin Spring Park, downtown Eureka Springs
shoppingeurekasprings.com

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Annual 4th of July Celebration; July 4; Deer

Event Details: Deer Volunteer Fire Department Annual July 4th Celebration. Annual celebration held at the Deer School grounds, just two miles off Scenic 7 Byway on Scenic Highway 16. Festivities, food and ice cream, bingo, cakewalk, horseshoe tournaments, turtle races and other games and contests for all ages. Good country and gospel music. Brilliant fireworks display finale.

870-428-5524
Exact Location: Deer School Grounds
Admission: Free

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Holiday Island’s 5th annual Old Fashioned 4th of July; July 4; Holiday Island

Event Details: Holiday Island’s 5th Annual Old Fashioned 4th of July allows you to experience a small town Independence Celebration complete with live entertainment, food, games for all, vendors and a fireworks display. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join us for this family-oriented celebration.

479-253-2242
Exact Location: 120 Shields Drive
Admission: Free
http://www.holidayislandchamber.org/

 
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