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Missouri-Arkansas — The big fireworks news this year is that the long-time Skyfire display at West Plains, Mo., Airport in Pomona will not be held this year. It’s official; Skyfire has been cancelled. And at this late date nothing has been scheduled to take it’s place.
The annual fireworks display held in Thayer, Mo., this year will return to the Thayer High School football field sponsored by the Thayer/Mammoth Chambers of Commerce and radio station K-Kountry 95. There will be food booths and activity booths, free watermelon and music. The band this year will be Judas Groove Temple of West Plains. The skydivers will jump at 6:30 p. m. K-Kountry 95 will give away their $5,000 home makeover sponsored by Forschler’s and American Mattress. Gates open on Saturday the 4th at 5 p.m. Fireworks go off at dark.
Fireworks will go boom tonight, Thursday, in Alton, Mo. Gates will open at 6 p m. at Piney Creek Park. There will be food vendors and games for children. Music will be provided by Smith &Western Band starting at 7:30 p. m. Fireworks at dusk.
The 35th annual Fair St. Louis runs July 2-4 in St. Louis’ Forest Park. Activities start at 5 p.m. Thursday and noon Friday and Saturday. Friday night Blondie performs at 6:30 p.m., and Melissa Etheridge performs at 8:30. On Saturday Morris Day and the Time play at 7 p.m., and Kool and the Gang perform at 8:45. The 133rd Veiled Prophet Parade kicks off at 9:45 a.m. Saturday. Fireworks are scheduled at 10 p.m. each night.
The 30th annual fireworks show at Lake Norfork outside Mountain Home, Ark., will be held Friday, July 3, at the Panther Bay area, between U.S. 62 and Arkansas 101. The firework display which starts at dark can be seen from your vehicles, campsites or boats.
The celebration in Calico Rock, Ark., also is scheduled Friday, in Earl King Park off state Highway 56. A concession stand will be open prior to the fireworks show there.
Fireworks in Dexter, Missouri’s East Park start at dusk Friday.
In Willow Springs, Mo., activities Saturday start with a big parade at 10:00 a.m. Then starting at noon “Great Balls of Fireworks” activities begin at the 11 Point Fire Department, U.S. 60/63 junction, with food and other vendors. Live music starts at 7 p.m. with the fireworks show at 9:05.
In Poplar Bluff, Mo., a parade steps off at 9 a.m. from Hydro Adventures Water Park on Cheshire Boulevard. Other activities take place there from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. Fireworks will be shot off after dusk from Ray Clinton Park in Poplar Bluff; the park itself will be closed to the public. (In other years July 4 has fallen during the Butler County Fair in Clinton Park; this year the fair runs Sept. 14-19.)
In Doniphan, Mo., crafts and food vendors open at Riverfront Park starting at 1 p.m. The Miss Current River Pageant stakes place there with younger categories starting at 3 p.m. and ages 13-18, in “pageant wear,” at 6 p.m. Fireworks go off at dark.
In Springfield, Mo., a parade steps off at 10 a.m. on Benton Avenue, north of Central High, and winds up at Washington Park, where events take place until 1 p.m. Music will be provided by the Norman Jackson Band, with games, awards, ice cream and cold drinks featured.
Freedom Fest in Springfield takes places at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, starting at 6 p.m., with bounce houses and food concessions preceding the fireworks at sundown.
In Salem, Ark., activities in the city park start at 3 p.m. with bounce houses and slides. Food vendors start serving at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m. the first 500 people at the park will receive free hot dogs, chips, watermelon and popsicles. Deadwood Grove will provide music starting at 7 p.m. A rodeo — $8 for adults $4 for children — kicks off 8 p.m. in the fairgrounds arena. Fireworks over the lake follow at dark.
Among Fourth of July celebrations, Cherokee Village. Ark., has a beauty. “Thunder on the Thunderbird” opens up at 7 p.m. with their traditional boat parade on Lake Thunderbird. Then at 8 p.m. they start their helicopter air show and at 9 p. m. segue into what they bill as one of the largest firework displays in Arkansas.
In Little Rock, Ark., music for Pops on the River at Riverfront Park starts at 5:30 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 accompanied by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Other festivities, in the River Market area, start at noon. Across the highway, the Clinton Presidential Library offers free admission on July 4.
In Jonesboro, Ark., Freedom Fest will be presented by KAIT-TV and the Jonesboro Radio Group at the Southside softball complex on Stadium Boulevard. Fireworks will be set to music broadcast by 104.9 The Fox and other stations in the Radio Group. Gates open at 7 p.m. with members of the 875 Engineering Battalion of the Arkansas National Guard directing parking. Concessions and rest room facilities will be on site.
In Pocahontas, Ark., the free fireworks show starts 9 p.m. at Riverfront Park on the Black River.
— H.E. and C.L.