Cities throughout the county will be celebrating Fourth of July this year with fireworks, food and fundraisers.
Festivities for the July 4 holiday will kick off June 29 with Celebrate Mulberry and fundraiser for Kirksey Hospital, beginning at 5 p.m. in Kirksey Park.
As part of Celebrate Mulberry, local businesses, organizations, churches and government entities will have booths providing information on services available to area residents.
Last year, groups included in the event were the Morgan Nick Foundation, Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy and the Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council.
Catfish Cove will have a benefit fish fry 5-8 p.m., with proceeds going to the Kirksey Hospital Restoration Fund. Mulberry Merchants Association will be sponsoring the annual fireworks show at dark.
Also June 29, Dyer’s Fourth of July celebration will be held from 4 p.m. to just after dark at the Dyer Community Building at 325 Loomis Lane. There will be games for kids and food vendors, with proceeds going to benefit the volunteer fire department.
Alma will have the Mayor’s July 3rd Celebration at dusk at the Alma Aquatic Park. There will be fireworks and a late night swim at the water park, with food vendors and entertainment.
For July 4, both Van Buren and Mountainburg will have a fireworks display.
Though Van Buren had to forgo their annual display last year because of lack of money, this year the display is being sponsored by Ken and Viki Kilgore, Jim and Carole Williamson, and Ed and Shirley Yeager.
Jim Williamson is chairman of the board and former chief executive officer at Citizens Bank & Trust Co., the Kilgores own Crawford Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, and the Yeagers own Yeager’s Hardware and Shamrock Liquor.
Van Buren’s celebration will be at the Field of Dreams Sports Complex, and will begin at 7 p.m. There will be music by Sam Bradley and free cokes and popcorn.
A concession stand will be open, and proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren. Fireworks will start at dark.
Mountainburg’s fireworks celebration will be held just after dark at the old truck stop on exit 39 off Interstate 540.