Arkansas holds its own when it comes to offering opportunities to watch firework shows. This southern state has a range of terrain from the mountainous Ozarks to the lowlands of the Mississippi River. Once known as ‘The Land of Opportunity,’ there are still plenty of opportunities to watch professionals put on some spectacular pyrotechnic shows. Perhaps one of the states biggest claims to fame is that Hot Springs is home to past American President, Bill Clinton. Another patriotic reason to celebrate with a great big firework show!
Little Rock is the capitol and largest city in Arkansas, the Natural State. This is exactly why it’s a natural choice to head down to Little Rock to celebrate your favorite holiday, sports team or other event with fireworks. To celebrate Independence Day, fireworks are always shot off over the Arkansas for the public to appreciate. Bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the firework show at Pops on the River, a live patriotic accompaniment by the Arkansas symphony. For a unique vantage point, buy a ticket aboard one of the dinner cruises and watch from the River! The Bryant Family Fest is a big celebration in Bryant’s Bishop Park spanning several days that features bands, crafts, family activities and a great firework show. To kick off the holiday season at the beginning of December, the Annual Capitol Event features a parade, Santa visits, a tree-lighting ceremony at the state capitol, live entertainment and, of course, lots of fireworks to add to the sparkling celebration. For New Year’s Eve in Little Rock, the firework fun continues with shows downtown and residential communities around the area.
Fayetteville is a town deeply tied to the University of Arkansas, the flagship college in the state. The Arkansas Razorbacks are cheered in their various sports by die-hard fans and sometimes even firework shows. For the 4th of July, there are a couple places to check out the fun. First, the Walton Arts Center often hosts pyrotechnics as part of a Bikes, Babes and Bling event. Also, the Uptown Fayetteville Association and the Fayetteville A&P have brought back the tradition of a firework show at the Northwest Arkansas Mall back. Also, the Rodeo of the Ozarks held in Springdale has a good firework show as well as out at Arvest Ballpark, home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. There are also plenty of other neighboring places to see some fireworks in Farmington, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, and a handful of other nearby cities.
In July, Springdale is home to the Rodeo of the Ozarks, the town’s premier event filled with rodeo athletes, parades and nightly firework shows. The Arkansas State Fair takes place in Little Rock during October and is the largest event of its kind in the state. In addition to activities for all age groups, livestock competitions, rodeo events there are also pyrotechnics that add a pop of excitement to the night.
While Arkansas has no major league professional sports teams, the state is home to a minor league baseball team, The Travelers that will occasionally treat fans to on-field fireworks after the last out. Oaklawn Park, the horse racking track out in Hot Springs has several firework events including ‘Spa Blast’ which takes place around Independence Day.
If you are a visitor to the state of Arkansas, it’s always a good idea to check in with your hotel concierge or the Arkansas Visitor Center to find out dates and locations for firework shows so that you can plan your trip to maximize firework viewing opportunities. For specific cities, there are many entertainment blogs that will keep you on the pulse of what is happening in downtown through the suburbs. Arkansas, with its many natural features, is an especially beautiful place to watch fireworks illuminate the night sky. The fireworks here are well worth watching; go early, stay late and have a blast!