Community July 4th celebrations with food, music and fireworks are scheduled throughout the county in the upcoming weeks.

New to the area this year is Fireworks on the Hill, hosted by Beyond Church in Alma and set for Friday, July 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Activities for kids and a fireworks display will be set up on the hill across from Hilltop Plaza on the Rudy exit off Interstate 49. The event will have music, food and activities for kids followed by a 20-minute fireworks display.

Large inflatables, games, and face painting will be available for kids, and there will be food trucks and vendors on site. Food choices include barbecue, gyros, funnel cakes, fried twinkles, kettle corn and snow cones.

Live performances of patriotic classics from the Beyond Church band with guest musician Patrick Vandiver will go on throughout the event.

A moment of prayer will be held prior to the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" under a giant American flag.

More than 20 minutes of large scale fireworks will immediately follow the singing of the national anthem.

Free on-site parking will be provided. Visitors should sure to bring their own blankets and chairs for seating.

Mulberry will hold the first event of the season with the Celebrate Mulberry event Saturday, June 25 at Kirksey Park.

Celebrate Mulberry is free and organizers encourage those attending to bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the festivities. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. For more information call (479) 997-1321.

Alma will have its Mayor’s July 3rd Celebration at the Alma Aquatic Park with a late night swim and fireworks beginning at dusk. Food vendors will be available and music is 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information call (479) 632-4110.

Van Buren will have its July 4th fireworks display at dusk at the Field of Dreams Sports Complex. Gates open at 7 p.m.

Those attending can bring coolers, bug spray, lawn chairs and blankets, but no alcohol, pets, firearms or personal fireworks. Concessions will be available.

This year’s event is sponsored by Ken and Viki Kilgore, Jim and Carole Williamson, and Ed and Shirley Yeager.

For more information call (479) 471-1541.

Mountainburg’s fireworks celebration also will be July 4 just after dark at the old truck stop on Exit 39 off Interstate 49.

Music in the Park will be held at the mayor’s farm at 1601 Hwy 71 SW in Mountainburg before the fireworks display. Performing will be the Clearcreek Band, modern country and blues, and the Sunshine Girls.

Concessions will benefit the local VFW. For more information call (479) 369-2791.

*Update

Kibler Baptist Church also will have a celebration on July 1 with fireworks, food, bounce arounds and activities for kids, and live music. The Community Freedom Celebration will be from 7 p.m. until dark at KBC on 141 East Kibler Highway.