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FireworksMissouri/Arkansas — Fourth of July festivities in the various localities in Missouri and Arkansas will run Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Admission is free for virtually all celebrations, although a fee may be charged for certain special activities.
Locally, the Alton, Mo., Volunteer Fire Department has slated its Fourth of July celebration Friday evening at Piney Creek Park on Hwy. 160 with gates open at 6 p.m. Food vendors will be available. Smith N Wesson Band will provide music at 7:30 and again after the fireworks.
There is no fireworks show in West Plains, Mo., this year, but the town’s “First Friday” starts downtown at 5:30 p.m. with an acoustic jam starting at 7 p.m.
In Hot Springs, Ark., the Stars and Stripes Festival takes place July 1-4 at Balboa Beach concluding with fireworks on July 4.
In St. Charles, Mo., activities are scheduled July 1-4 at Frontier Park, 500 S. Riverside Drive, 5-10:30 Friday, noon-10:30 Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Monday. There will be food, beverage and vendor booths, a beer tent, live music on two stages and carnival rides. There will be fireworks show on the Missouri River Sunday and Monday.
Fireworks shows are scheduled Saturday starting at 8 p.m. in Theodosia, Mo., 8:30 p.m. in Bakersfield, Mo., and 10 p.m. in Squires, Mo.
In Mountain View, Mo., a parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by music and games on the square and fireworks at the fairgrounds. There will be music on the square all day Sunday and Monday.
The 34th annual Fair St. Louis runs 4-10:30 Saturday and noon-10:30 Sunday and Monday in Forest Park. A wide variety of vendors and events are scheduled. Closing headliners on the Budweiser stage will be Lee Brice, Sammy Hagar and Flo Rida. Fireworks are scheduled each night. For details, see http://www.fairsaintlouis.org
Fun for the Fourth runs 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Crowley’s Ridge State Park in Paragould, Ark. There will be nature programs, music by a D and games. Fees will be charged for swimming and paddle boat rental. No fireworks are included.
At Dawt Mill, north of Tecumseh, Mo., on County Road PP318, the Beach Bar and Grist Mill restaurant open at 11 a.m. Sunday. Magnetic South plays at 9 p.m., and fireworks are scheduled at 11 p.m.
Sunday at Pomona Christian Church, 5040 County Road 1390, Pomona, Mo., food sales start at 6 p.m. Music will be provided by Snuff the Candle. There will be games and activities until dark, followed by the fireworks show.
Music by Coyote Union starting at 7 p.m. Sunday precedes fireworks in Flippin, Ark., above the city park.
The 31st annual Norfork Lake fireworks show starts at dusk Sunday in the Twin Bridges area.
In Calico Rock, Ark., there will be a fireworks show Sunday at Earl King Park off Hwy. 56.
Horseshoe Bend, Ark., festivities Monday run from 9 a.m. ’til 9 p.m. at Diamond Mall. Included are a parade, food, entertainment, crafts, presentations, kids games and pony rides. Fireworks with music begin at dusk atop Turkey Mountain.
In Poplar Bluff, Mo., a parade kicks off at 9 a.m. Monday from the water park. Fireworks, sponsored by Briggs & Stratton, are at dusk at Ray Clinton Park.
In Springfield, Mo., Monday a parade runs from Central High to Washington Park, followed by games and food. Freedom Fest runs 6-10 p.m. at Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N. Grant, concluding with fireworks. Admission is free.
The parade in downtown Willow Springs, Monday kicks off at 10 p.m. The fair starts 3 p.m. at Eleven Point Fire Station, with fireworks at dusk behind the fire station.
The 33rd annual Pops on the River runs from 12:30 to 11 p.m. Monday at Riverfront Park in Little Rock, Ark. Admission is free. There will be children’s activities, a classic car show, a shopping marketplace, food trucks and lots of entertainment including a “Oh Say! Can You Sing?” contest and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, with fireworks concluding the event.
In Jonesboro, Ark., 4th Fest at Joe Mack Campbell Park starts with a Freedom 5K run at 8 a.m. Monday. There will be a carnival, and fireworks conclude the day.
Gates at the Thayer, Mo., High School football field open at 4:30 p.m. Monday with activities starting at 5 p.m.. There will be food vendors, free games, free watermelon provided by Harps, a dunking booth, live music, a Skydivers of Missouri exhibition and awarding of the K-Kountry 95 Dream Boat Vacation package and three kayaks before the fireworks.
Gates for the Salem, Ark., Fourth of July celebration open 5 p.m. Monday in the city park. Those attending can bring their own picnic dinner or purchase barbecue, hamburgers, kettle corn or sbow cones. After VFW Post 9777 opens at 7 p.m. A.K. Barnes and Matt Claude will perform. Also a rodeo, with $8 adult admission, starts at 7 p.m. Fireworks conclude the day.
In Cape Girardeau, Mo., the “Great American Fourth” starts 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Common Pleas Courthouse on Spanish Street, with music provided by the Cape Girardeau Municipal Band and other events. Patriotic music provided by local radio stations will accompany the fireworks at Water Street. Preceding that will be Fourth at the Fort taking place from 9 a.m. ’til 4 p.m. at Fort D Historic Site, 920 Fort St.
The 43rd annual John G. East celebration takes place Monday above Bull Shoals Lake at the dam. Music by Rie, concessions and child friendly activities precede the fireworks.
“Thunder on the Thunderbird” takes place Monday in Cherokee Village, Ark., with a helicopter show and a boat parade on Lake Thunderbird preceding the fireworks.
Freedom Fest kicks off 9:30 p.m. Monday in Jonesboro, Ark., at Southside softball complex on Stadium Boulevard for fireworks.
There will be fireworks at dusk Monday at the Kennett, Mo., fairgrounds on U.S. 412.
There will be fireworks, hosted by the Elks Club, at dusk at the Sikeston, Mo., Recreation Complex, 501 Campanella Dr.
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