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Arkansas/Missouri — Due to a soggy Spring there is not a fireworks ban in sight in Arkansas and Missouri this year, and fireworks celebrations and sales are poised and ready to blast off.
In Thayer, Missouri, the annual celebration will be on Friday the Fourth, but its long time location has been changed. This year the celebration will be held at the Thayer Park and Saddle Club just off Highway 63.For many years the fireworks had been held at the Thayer High School football field, but this year the free fireworks will start after 7 p.m. at the Thayer Park. There will be no charge to see the fireworks or parking after 7 p.m. As usual free watermelon will be given out after 7 p.m. courtesy of Harps Supermarket in Thayer. Prior to 7 p.m. there will be a $5 per person charge to a celebration at the park including a 7 p. m. concert by Aaron Tippin. The fireworks is sponsored by K-Kountry 95 and the Thayer Chamber of Commerce. Winner of the K-95 prize package will be decided at this event.
Skyfire 2014 will be held at the West Plains Regional Airport, 4523 County Road 2340, in Pomona. The event includes vendors, food, fun, music and fireworks. Gates open at 5 p.m. The 33rd Annual Country Showdown semifinalists perform live at 6 p.m. Cost $1 per person or $5 per carload.
Cherokee Village in Arkansas will hold a two-day celebration. On the Fourth of July they will hold their annual patriotic lighted boat parade on Lake Thunderbird and they will also have an air show over the lake. The fireworks, which they claim is the largest in the state, will kick off at 9 p.m. The boat parade starts at 7 p.m. and the helicopter air show starts at 8 p.m.
All activities are free.
During the day Friday, festivities will be held at Town Center in the Village and will open at 11 a.m. All activities are free Friday except for the Kid’s Zone featuring water slides, for which you can buy a $5 all-day arm band. Opening ceremony is noon; there is a program honoring Veterans at 12:30 p m. First round of the talent show starts at 1 p m., the BMX bike show starts at 2:30 p.m., talent show finals start at 3:15 p.m., another BMX bike show starts at 5 p.m., and after that show everything moves to Lake Thunderbird in the Village. The beer tent will be open on July 4 and 5 and will be at the gazebo in the Town Center.
On Saturday the Festival will open again at 11 a. m. and all activities will be free until 3 p. m. when the grounds will be set up for the Collin Raye concert. Concert goers will be charged $20 for general admission and $35 for reserved seats.
Alton, Mo., will hold its Fourth of July celebration early on Wednesday, July 2, at Piney Creek Park. A variety of music will start at 6 p.m., and the fireworks will begin at dusk. Performing will be Kaitlyn Dills and the Hawk Brothers, then Darold Johnson, Ed Barnett and friends, next Jacob Hackworth will preview two songs that he will perform for the Country Music Showdown at Pomona. Finally, High Tower Road will perform followed by Karen Bridges singing the National Anthem. Concessions will be available, and admission to the event is free.
Early firework events will also be held by Calico Rock, Ark., and Walnut Ridge, Ark. Calico Rock will celebrate on Thursday July 3 at Earl King Park, with fireworks at dusk. Admission is free. Walnut Ridge will also shoot off their fireworks at Stewart Park on July 3. Admission to both these events is free.
On Thursday night, July 3, will be what the American Pyrotechnics Association calls one of 12 “must see” events, the 7th Annual “Liberty Light Up” Concert & Fireworks at Branson Landing on Lake Taneycomo in Branson, Mo. Launching the program will be a concert at 8 p.m. in front of the Branson Landing fountains featuring the band, Journey Resurrection. Admission is free.
Freedom Fest in Jonesboro, Ark., is promoting this year’s celebration as the biggest free fireworks display in Jonesboro’s history. The event, sponsored by KAIT-TV and l00.5 The Eagle, will be held at the Southside Softball Complex on Stadium Blvd. from 9:30 to 11 p.m. on the Fourth. The fireworks display will be coordinated to patriotic music played on the Eagle. The event is all free to the general public “because the price for freedom has already been paid.” Parking will be directed by volunteer freedom fighters 875th Battalion Army National Guard.
If eating is one of your favorite July 4 past times then Salem, Ark., has a Fourth of July event you won’t want to miss. In addition to free fireworks over the city park lake Salem will feed you free. There will be watermelon and that great Fourth of July favorite hot dogs., with chips and soda pop. Gates open at 6 p.m. and fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. Free music is also offered. The event is held at Salem City Park. A rodeo at the adjacent fairgrounds arena starts at 7 p.m.
Pocahontas, Ark., will hold their Fourth of July celebration on Friday at Riverfront Park. Fireworks will be set off at 9 p.m. and are sponsored by the City and are under the supervision of the Pocahontas Fire Department. Admission is free. The park is located on the Black River, which provides a spectacular display.
“Celebrate America,” the Fourth of July celebration in Batesville, Ark., starts with live music and other offerings at 7 p.m. Friday at Riverside Park and concludes with the fireworks show at 9:15
If you’re looking for a bigger celebration, the 31st annual Pops on the River held in downtown Little Rock is one of them. The event draws about 30,000.people and features fireworks and coordinated music provided by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. The fireworks can be viewed from Riverfront Park, and gates open at 5:30 p. m,. This event is Free and so is the festival held beginning at noon in the river market area of downtown Little Rock. There are free activities for children, a classic car show, food and entertainment. Military, active and retired will receive discounts good for the event and after.
Fireworks which are set off from the Main Street bridge will begin at 9:30 p. m.
This event is sponsored by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Landers FIAT.
If you are in Little Rock for the day, remember admission is free at the Clinton Presidential Library for the Fourth of July.
In Poplar Bluff, Mo., the Fourth kicks off early with a parade lineup at Hydro Adventures (formerly Bluff Falls). Fireworks at Clinton Park start at dusk. A 5K race, beauty pageant and Bullfest are scheduled Saturday at various locations. For details, click Here.
Fourth of July celebrations, including fireworks, in Mountain Home, Ark., and Springfield, Mo., were held last weekend.
The big show at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 5, on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Ark., is ignited at Gregg Orr Marina (formerly Power Boats), featuring a half hour program that can be seen from Scenic Highway 7 and shoreline for a great distance around. 
Also on Saturday will be a 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks starting at 6 p.m. in Aubrey Tapley Park in Mena, Ark.

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