There’s not a more all-American way to spend the July 4th holiday than at a ballgame. North Little Rock has three days of first-class softball during 31st annual Busch-Pepsi Softball Classic. Burns Park and Sherwood Sports Complex are where the action takes place July 1-3. Over 2,700 teams from 39 states have participated in the past with more expected this year. Founded as a fundraiser I 1979 for an Arkansas Class A team, the tournament is now a softball showcase of fiercely competitive men’s and women’s teams of all classifications from all over the country.
On Monday, July 4, Sherwood celebrates with the 12th annual 4th of July Family Celebration. Free food, entertainment and lots of colorful fireworks are on the schedule. Sherwood Forest is located at 1111 West Maryland. Phone 501-833-3790 for additional details.
Little Rock’s annual salute to Independence Day, Pops on the River, takes place July 4 at the Riverfest Amphitheatre. Presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, it is the state’s largest Fourth of July celebration. Gates open to the public at 5:30 p.m. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs at 8:30 p.m. with the fireworks following at approximately 9:30 p.m. Visit www.arkansasonline.com/pops or phone 501-378-3807 for additional details.