Ashdown, Arkansas–Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, is a Federal holiday that commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in the year 1776.
People celebrate July 4 in various ways. Across the country, traditional festivities often include fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and other ceremonies.
While the current pandemic has changed the landscape of people’s lives worldwide, residents of Little River County will still have the opportunity to enjoy fireworks in both Ashdown and Foreman, though in a slightly different manner. This year, both town will be following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirements.
Kirk Mounts, Ashdown City Clerk, said that the City of Ashdown is sponsoring just a fireworks show this year. They will be shooting off fireworks, but will have nothing else. Their event will take place at Ashdown Junior High School on July 4, starting around 9:30 when it gets dark.
“There will be no vendors and no bathrooms…strictly the fireworks show,” stated Mounts.
“We used to have them [the fireworks] at the park but moved it last year [to] where everyone can see them much better,” said Mounts. He continued, “People can watch from wherever they want. . . . There are plenty of places to park without getting too close to each other.”
A day earlier, on July 3, the sky at Foreman will light up with a glorious show. Trent Liggin, pastor of First Baptist Church, said that Foreman First Baptist Church and the Foreman Volunteer Fire Department go in together to sponsor their traditional celebration.
According to Liggin, last year, the park was full with around 250 vehicles there. This year, the event will be a “drive-up” event on Friday night beginning around 9:30 when it is dark.
Liggin emphasized that social distancing is still recommended and that people need to stay in their vehicles and not get out. “We want to stress that people need to pull in and remain in their vehicles.”
So, with celebrating in mind, Ashdown and Foreman will host firework events for Little River County residents to enjoy. They just want to be sure everybody is safe by following CDC requirements that allow towns to hold fireworks shows this year.