Thousands of people are expected at the annual fireworks display on Friday at Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park.
Hosted by the Pine Bluff Festival Association and the Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department, the celebration will begin with food vendors at 4 p.m., association executive director Greg Gustek said. The festivities are designed as family-friendly, and will culminate with fireworks at 9 p.m.
Admission, including parking, is free.
“We have people coming in boats on Lake Langhofer,” he said. “We have plenty of security and plenty of parking. The weather should be 86 degrees and clear, which is perfect.”
Law enforcement officers will patrol on foot and by boat. In addition, firefighters will remain on standby, Gustek said.
KTRN 104.5 FM will be giving out T-shirts, concert tickets and water balloons. The event will also include adult beverages.
“We are the largest fireworks display in Southeast Arkansas,” Gustek said, estimating an attendance of 4,000 to 5,000.
The country rock band Exit 123 is scheduled to perform beginning at 7 p.m. The band is sponsored by MK Distributors.
“Exit 123 is back by popular demand,” Gustek said. “It is good clean music, patriotic fun.”
The fireworks display is sponsored by Relyance Bank, Simmons Bank, KTRN, the Pine Bluff Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Pine Bluff Festival Association.
In the case of rain on Friday, a fireworks-only event will be held at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 5.