Top Four Ways to Celebrate the Fourth in Central Arkansas

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1. Pinnacle Mountain Fun on the Fourth

Enjoy the Day of Independence at Pinnacle Mountain State Park and join park interpreters in water-soaking games and activities. The games include water balloon volleyball, sailboat races, water relay races, water balloon toss and sprinkler tug-of-war. The event will occur from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free to the public. All activities will take place near the West Summit Picnic Area at Pinnacle Mountain. Everything is water-related, so bring a swimsuit or clothing you don’t mind getting wet. For a full schedule of events, call Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

2. Maumelle 4th Fest at Lake Willastein

Come hang out with friends and family at Lake Willastein Park, just 30 minutes south of Conway. Festivities start at 5 p.m. when local businesses set up tents for people to walk through. Kids can enjoy the inflatable jump zone and cardboard boat races across the lake. Performances by Tutus and Tennis Shoes, Heart of the Rock and the Luke Williams Band will be held in the amphitheater. At 9:30 p.m., stretch out your legs and enjoy the firework show. The schedule of events can be found on the Maumelle Parks N’ Recreation Facebook page.

3. Frontier 4th of July

If you are looking a place to teach your kids about the state’s history, look no further than the Historic Arkansas Museum in Downtown Little Rock. Journey to the world of Arkansas’ past by walking through different buildings. In each building are museum workers who put on living history performances by playing the people who lived in the houses. And in honor of Independence Day, Museum Director Bill Worthen will recite the Declaration of Independence. This free event will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and watermelon slices and lemonade will be served.

4. 33rd Annual Pops on the River

One of the greatest of Little Rock’s Fourth of July traditions is Pops on the River, presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The event is free. Food trucks and vendors will be selling food, beer and soft drinks. Transportation via trolley and street parking will be free on July 4. For those who have seats in the First Security Amphitheater, the gate opens at 5:30 p.m. Before the fireworks commence, the finalists of the “Oh Say! Can you Sing?” contest will compete to sing the National Anthem later that night. At 8:30 p.m., the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will begin its performance, which will last until the end of the fireworks show. The fireworks show is the main event of the night: if you want a good view, get there early. For a complete schedule of events, go to the event’s website.

image via www.capturearkansas.com

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