Don your red, white and blue and celebrate our nation’s 240th birthday by enjoying one (or more!) of the many activities in Central Arkansas. Events include water activities, music, crafts, parades, and fireworks. Your family is sure to have a busy and memorable day!

17th Annual 4th of July Family Celebration at Sherwood Forest: Munch on free hot dogs (while they last!), and enjoy entertainment, a kids zone, and fireworks display at 9 p.m. Free shuttle service from Sylvan Hills High School. 6-9 p.m. July 4. For info: (501) 833-0476, CityOfSherwood.net. FREE!

33rd Annual Pops on the River at River Market: Be part of a central Arkansas tradition, which includes free children's activities, a classic car show, a shopping marketplace, food trucks and lots of entertainment. Entertainment inside the First Security Amphitheater includes the “Oh Say! Can you Sing?” contest, live music, Salute the Troops campaign and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performance. The glorious fireworks concludes this annual event. Noon-10 p.m. July 4. For info: (501) 378-3807, Pops.ArkansasOnline.com. FREE!

40th Fleet Feet Sports Firecracker Fast 5K: At this race, firecrackers are given out to the first 50 men and first 50 women who cross the finish line. All kids ages 12 and under receive a medal. The children's age divisions are: ages 10 and under, and ages 11-14. The course begins at Kavanaugh and University and ends at War Memorial Stadium. $25 until July 2; $30 race day. Registration begins 6 a.m.; race starts 7:30 a.m. July 4. For info: FleetFeetEasyRunner.com.

Big Bang on the Range at Shooting Sports Complex in Jacksonville: Bring lawn chairs and blankets for lawn seating and a festive fireworks show. Event is special needs accessible; date, time and location are subject to change. 6 p.m. July 4. For info: (501) 241-2441, CityOfJacksonville.net. FREE!

Easter Seals Presents Fireworks Frenzy at Little Rock Marriott Grand Ballroom Terrace: Enjoy seated views of the fireworks over the river and music spun by a DJ before and after the fireworks show. There will be snacks and a cash bar. The event will benefit Easter Seals Arkansas. 8-11 p.m. July 4. $25; kids 12 and under are $10. For info: (501) 227-3706, EasterSealsAR.com.

Fireworks at Dickey-Stephens Park: Head out to the ballpark for fireworks as the Travs take on the Midland Rockhounds at 5:30 p.m. July 4 at home. Concessions are open throughout the evening. Enjoy the fireworks from the seats at the ballpark! $6-$12; kids 4-14 are $4 & $5; add $1 day of game. For info: 664-1555, Travs.com.

Fireworks at Lake Balboa in Hot Springs Village: A fireworks display is shown at the Balboa Pavilion. 9 p.m. For info: 321-2835, www.HotSprings.org. FREE!

Fireworks at Magic Springs & Crystal Falls: The park provides a fireworks display for parkgoers on July 3 and 4 at dusk. One-day admission is $39.99.

Free Admission at Clinton Presidential Center: To honor the nation's birthday, the Clinton Presidential Center offers free admission on the Fourth of July. Take the opportunity to come learn all there is to know about William Jefferson Clinton and his time as the 42nd President of the United States. Acoustiguides narrated by President Clinton are free, too. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 3 & 4. For info: ClintonPresidentialCenter.org. FREE!

Frontier Fourth of July at Historic Arkansas Museum: Celebrate Independence Day as it was celebrated on the Arkansas frontier. The afternoon activities include an old-time patriotic parade, 19th century music, free watermelon and cold lemonade, and encounters with people from the past. Cheer “huzzah” during a reading of The Declaration of Independence, and watch out for Red Coats, who have nothing good to say about it! Children can walk on stilts and play other pioneer games, and they'll be invited to take up brooms and wooden rakes to train with the militia. They will also have the opportunity to create flags, streamers and signs to use in the parade. 2-4 p.m. July 4. For info: HistoricArkansas.orgFREE!

Fun on the Fourth at Pinnacle Mountain State Park: Join park interpreters in the West Summit area for a day full of wet and wild games, including tug-of-water, water balloon volleyball, and relay races. Contact the park for a detailed schedule of events. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4. For info: (501) 868-5806, ArkansasStateParks.com/PinnacleMountain. FREE!

Independence Day Fireworks Over Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs: Enjoy seeing the fireworks reflecting off the lake! 8 p.m. July 2. For info: HotSprings.org. FREE!

July 4th at Wild River Country: Splash and play on the Fourth of July. Wild River Country honors active duty or veterans with free admission with a valid ID. One free ticket per Armed force member. Family members receive $5 off admission with dependent ID. Park hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 4. For info: (501) 753-8600, WildRiverCountry.com.

July 4th Events at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa: Begin the holiday with a patriotic program at 8:30 a.m. followed by Four-Wheeler Parade with decorated four-wheelers, golf carts and anything on wheels! At 9:30 p.m., hundreds of decorated boats bob brightly on the lake while fireworks light up the sky to an accompaniment of patriotic music. 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. July 4. For info: (870) 867-2191, MountainHarborResort.com.

July 4th Fun and Games Day at Petit Jean State Park: Join the park staff for a celebration of our nation’s birthday! Numerous family-oriented activities include a bicycle parade, contests and water balloon games. Contact the park for a schedule. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. July 4. For info: (501) 727-5441, PetitJeanStatePark.com. FREE!

July 4th Island Fest at DeGray Lake Resort State Park: Park guests and community members enjoy traditional Independence Day games and activities, including a watermelon eating contest, kayak race, basketball shooting, water balloon games, lawn bowling, crafts, demonstrations and more. Activities culminate for those 12 and under with an Underwater Treasure Hunt in the lodge pool. The traditional fireworks show lights up the night sky over the lake after dark. The cost is $10 and includes a meal and finisher's medal. Costume contest to follow the run. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. July 4. For info: (501) 865-5810, DeGray.com. FREE!

Maumelle 4th Fest at Lake Willastein Park: Celebrate Independence Day in traditional Maumelle style! The 4th of July Parade begins at 4:30 p.m., the Cardboard Boat races begins shortly after at 5:30 p.m. (register here), and tons of games, music and fun. The evening culminates with a spectacular fireworks show! For info: 851-6990, MaumelleParksAndRec.com. FREE!

Want to celebrate a couple days early? There are several events on July 2 and one on July 3!

Fireworks at Magic Springs & Crystal Falls: The park provides a fireworks display for parkgoers on July 3 and 4 at dusk. One-day admission is $39.99.

Free Admission at Clinton Presidential Center: To honor the nation's birthday, the Clinton Presidential Center offers free admission on the Fourth of July. Take the opportunity to come learn all there is to know about William Jefferson Clinton and his time as the 42nd President of the United States. Acoustiguides narrated by President Clinton are free, too. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 3 & 4. For info: ClintonPresidentialCenter.org. FREE!

Independence Day Bash at Saline County Fairgrounds: Families will enjoy helicopter rides, bounce houses, a zip line, trackless train, photo booth, bounce houses and more. The first 300 kids ages 12 and under will receive a free Build-a-Bear ticket. Plus, starting at 5 p.m., families can listen to live music from local bands. The fireworks light up the sky at 9:45 p.m. 4-10 p.m. July 2. For info: (501) 776-5970, Benton.AR.gov. FREE!

July 4th Children's Bicycle & Wagon Parade in Downtown Little Rock: Join your neighbors in a parade of decorated bicycles and wagons. The march begins at Spring & 20th Streets and ends at the Governor's Mansion where prizes are awarded to the best decorated bicycles and wagons! 10 a.m. July 4. For info: LR-DNA.com. FREE!

For more events, browse our full online calendar here.