Fourth of July in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Freedom, fireworks, cookouts and friends and family. We hope you have safe and fun Independence Day this Fourth of July. Check out the information below for festivities, recipes and more!

Firework Displays (source)

  • Alma – The Mayor’s July 3rd Fireworks Display at Alma City Park (July 3: fireworks at dark). For more information, click here.
  • Barling – Fireworks Show at Barling City Park on H Street (July 3: events/music at 5 p.m., fireworks at dusk).
  • Booneville – Firework Show at Bearcat Stadium (July 3: fireworks at 9 p.m.). For more information, click here.
  • Clarksville – Fireworks Show at the corner of Cline and Clark Roads (July 4: fireworks at 8 p.m.).
  • Greenwood – Freedomfest at Town Square (July 4: fireworks at dusk). For more information, click here.
  • Fort Smith – The Mayor’s 4th of July Celebration at Riverfront Park (July 4: music at 7 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.). For more information, click here.
  • Pocola – Choctaw Casino and Resort Fireworks Show (July 4: fireworks at dusk).
  • Poteau – Celebrate America at Donald W. Reynolds Community Center (July 4: events at 6 p.m., fireworks at dusk). For more information, click here.
  • Sallisaw – 4th of July Celebration at Sallisaw High School (July 4: fireworks at dusk). For more information, click here.
  • Van Buren – City of Van Buren Fireworks Display at Field of Dreams (July 4: gates open at 7 p.m., fireworks at dark). For more information, click here.
  • Waldron – 4th of July Celebration at Sodie Davidson Park (July 4: music at 6:30 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m.). For more information, click here.

According to KFSM's website, " the following list provides rules and regulations for sale and private discharge within city limits.

  • Alma – Fireworks may not be sold or discharged. For the complete city ordinance, click here.
  • Fort Smith – Fireworks may not be sold or discharged. For the complete city ordinance, click here.
  • Greenwood – Fireworks may be sold and then also discharged from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. on July 3-5.
  • Lavaca – Fireworks may not be sold or discharged.
  • Muldrow – Fireworks may be sold and may be discharged until midnight on July 3-4.
  • Pocola – Fireworks may be sold and discharged at any time.
  • Poteau –  Fireworks may be sold, and may be discharged except within one block of Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, the courthouse or Dewey Avenue.
  • Roland – Fireworks may be sold and discharged from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 15-July 4.
  • Sallisaw – Fireworks may be sold and may be discharged until 10 p.m. on July 2-4.
  • Van Buren – Fireworks may not be sold or discharged at any time.
  • Waldron – Fireworks may not be sold or discharged at any time

*Several city police departments do not permit the use of fireworks on sticks, such as bottle rockets and sparklers, as well as roman candles and others. Adult supervision is required for all those under 16 years. Check with the local police departments for any additional questions."

COOKOUTRECIPES

Cheeseburger Onion Ring

Firework Safety Tips

According to National Firework Safety Council ,

  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day."