Wednesday, June 29, 2011

TOP STORY >> Area ready for July 4th celebration

Leader staff writer

Several Fourth of July celebrations are planned around the area.


Cabot will host a patriotic celebration beginning at 4:30 p.m. July 3 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Entertainment will be Lindsay McCaul and Mikeschair. Activities will include a car show, games, inflatables – which may include water slides – and more. Special guests include Reps. Tim Griffin and Rick Crawford and Mayor Bill Cypert.

Zion Hill Baptist Church will host a church and community picnic beginning at 5 p.m. July 3. There will be games, food and a fireworks display.

There will also be volleyball and horseshoe toss, weather permitting. A fried chicken supper will be served, as well as popcorn, homemade desserts, cotton candy and snow cones. Magician and balloonist sculptor Gene Berry will provide entertainment.

A contemporary worship service, led by The Switch, will be held. The church is located near the intersections of Hwys. 89 and 107 on Zion Hill Road. Fore more information, call 501-988-4989.


Sherwood’s July 4 events will begin at 6 p.m. at Sherwood Forest with fireworks starting at 9 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

There will be free hot dogs and water while supplies last. Additional food and drinks will be available for sale. There will be indoor and outdoor stage entertainment.

No pets, skateboards, bikes or coolers will be allowed.

A free shuttle service will be provided from Sylvan Hills High School parking lot. Sherwood Forest is located at 1111 W. Maryland.

For more information, call 501-835-8909.


Ward will host festivities July 2 at the Ward Sports Complex located on Hwy. 319/Peyton St., behind the Ward Fire Station.

Vendor booths and car-show registration will open at 1 p.m., with opening ceremonies presented by an honor guard at 2 p.m.

There will be a tractor pull at 2:30 p.m., followed by Carla’s Dance performance at 3:30 p.m. Car show awards will be handed out at 4:30 p.m.

The city will serve free food beginning at 5 p.m. and entertainment will be provided by Final Straw. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. Other activities include a water slide, bouncy house, horse-shoe tournament and arts and crafts.


The city of Beebe will host a 4th of July celebration beginning at 7:30 p.m. at 321 N. Elm St. Entertainment will be provided by the Kimberlie Helton Band. Union Valley Baptist Church will provide hot dogs and hamburgers.


The Jacksonville Patriotic Spectacular will be held on at 6:30 p.m Friday on Jacksonville High School’s football field.

Radio Disney will be in the kids’ fun area from 6:30 to 8.

The local entertainment at 6:30 will be performances by Gloryland Pastor’s Youth Choir, Angie Umflett, Huff N Puff Dance Co., Alan and Jerry, Price Crew and New Beginnings Lyrical Dance Group. Those will be followed by the patriotic presentation and awards at 7:30.

Susan G. Komen’s Pink Warrior, Candy Coburn, will perform at 8. The finale at 9 will be a fireworks display and a performance of “We Will Stand” by all the entertainers.