Free fireworks shows planned for Independence Day weekend in Jonesboro

Several free fireworks shows and more are planned for the Fourth of July holiday weekend in Jonesboro.

The fireworks will begin 9 PM Sunday night, July 3, with the “4th Fest” event organized by East Arkansas Broadcasters (KFIN, The Wolf, KISS FM). The show will be at Joe Campbell Park once again. It is free to attend. Just find a good parking spot, sit back, and enjoy. Presenting sponsors for 4th Fest are NEA Baptist, Bayird Auto Group and Super Sam’s Fireworks.

EAB is also bringing back another favorite, their “Red, White & Blue Color Run.” It happens on Monday morning, the 4th. Registration starts at 8 AM and the untimed race starts at 9 AM. Cost is $10 dollars per person and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the United Way of Northeast Arkansas.

Then, on the night of the 4th itself, the 37th Freedom Fest fireworks display happens at the Southside Softball Complex. The fireworks begin at 9:30 PM. Gates open for parking beginning at 7 PM (updated). Entrances are open on both South Stadium (east side) and South Caraway Road (west side). It is organized by the Jonesboro Radio Group (The Fox, The Eagle, Mix 106.3). Parking will be supervised by engineers from the Arkansas Army National Guard. Post-show traffic flow supervised by the Jonesboro Police Department

Freedom Fest sponsors include Jonesboro Radio Group, KAIT-TV, All Clean Restoration, Barton’s, Centennial Bank,  Halsey Thrasher Harpole Real Estate, Hytrol, and Tommy’s Express Car Wash. The fireworks are provided by Premier Pyrotechnics.

Trey Stafford of Jonesboro Radio Group said last year, there were issues with fireworks supplies caused by delays in shipping from China.

“This year, supplies are good, but the shipping costs have skyrocketed (no pun intended),” Stafford wrote in an e-mail. “Container shipping costs have increased three to four times what they were prior to 2021.”

Freedom Fest is a fireworks display started July 4, 1986. It was first held at Paragould High School, then moved to the former fairgrounds location in 2000. The fireworks show moved to Southside Softball Complex after the fairgrounds moved to its new location. This is the 37th year Freedom Fest has happened.

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