Area cities and organizations are planning Fourth of July and fireworks celebrations throughout Crawford County beginning June 28.
Celebrations for July 4 are scheduled for several area churches and the cities of Mulberry, Dyer, Alma, Van Buren and Mountainburg.
Kibler Baptist Church will hold its annual Community Freedom Firework Celebration on Wednesday, June 28, beginning at 7 p.m. to kick off the Independence Day celebration events.
Free food, live music and activities for the kids will be part of the event at the church at 141 East Highway 162 in Alma. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
Three fireworks events are scheduled for July 1.
Beyond Church will host for the second year in a row Fireworks on the Hill, a fireworks display on the hill across from Hilltop Plaza on the Rudy exit off Interstate 49.
A community-wide free event, the celebration will include music, food and activities for kids beginning at 5:30 p.m.
A patriotic program with vocal and musical performances will be part of the event, followed by a large-scale fireworks display.
Paid on-site parking will be available, as well as free parking within walking distance. All parking proceeds will be used to honor military and service men and women.
Beginning at 6 p.m. at the community building on Loomis Lane in Dyer, City of Dyer 4th of July Celebration will have food and activities with fireworks at dusk.
Mulberry will hold its Celebrate Mulberry family event at Kirksey Park with live music from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., hosted by the Mulberry Fire Department.
Fireworks start at about 9 p.m. and the event will offer refreshments, activities and vendor booths.
Alma will host the Mayor’s July 3rd Celebration on July 3 at the Alma Aquatic Park.
There will be fireworks beginning at dusk and a late night swim at the water park, with food vendors and music from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30.
Set for July 4 are Van Buren’s July 4th Fireworks Display and Mountainburg’s 4th of July Celebration.
Van Buren’s fireworks celebration will be held at dusk at the Field of Dreams Sports Complex at 1 Toothaker Drive. Gates open at 7 p.m.
Concessions will be available at the event, though attendees are encouraged to bring their own coolers, blankets, bug spray and lawn chairs. There will be no alcohol, pets, personal fireworks or firearms allowed at the event.
Mountainburg’s celebration will begin with Music in the Park at the mayor’s farm beginning at 6 p.m. Fireworks will begin just after dark at the old truck stop on exit 39 off I-49 in Mountainburg.