The Independence Day celebration will come a few days early in Haskell and will include a large fireworks display to end the evening festivities.
The free event — including parking and admission — is scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday at the Arkansas Health Center, located at 6701 U.S. Highway 67. From Interstate 30, take the Exit 114, drive past the Big Red Valero gas station and head straight past the first traffic light until reaching the sign for the Arkansas Health Center on the left.
Jennifer Kelly-Santee, spokesperson for the center, said there is still free space available for anyone interested in having a craft booth. For more information, call "no later than early Friday" at 501-672-5513.
The Jeff Ivy Band will showcase the entertainment lineup and the Army National Guard will offer a free rock wall for participants to climb. Otheractivities include a 3,000-gallon aquarium presented by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; a petting zoo; pony rides (with a minimal fee); carnival food; and much more.
Jim Landers and Donnie Burks will be broadcasting live from the event on KEWI AM 690. Haskell Mayor Jeff Arey and other local dignitaries also are expected to be at the event.
There will be a special ceremony that includes a rendition of the national anthem and a National Guard color guard will present the colors just before the start of the fireworks display.
"We're having great entertainment, good food and fun for all ages, and we want people to come from throughout the county," Kelly-Santee said. "Everyone is invited to an evening of food, fireworks and fun."
For more information, call Jennifer Kelly-Santee, Arkansas Health Center-Special Services, at 501-860-0574 or 501-672-5513.
On July 4 firework shows are scheduled at Benton's Freedom Fest off Airlane Drive and Bishop Park in Bryant off Boone Road.