Pops on the River, is Arkansas’ largest Fourth of July celebration and takes in downtown Little Rock. Pops on the River, in it’s 30th year, is FREE to the public and continues the tradition of a fireworks show highlighted by the music from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Pops on the River is a family-friendly event that is located in the heart of downtown Little Rock on the banks of the Arkansas River.
The event has grown in recent years to include other activities in the River Market such as a Kid’s Pavilion (sponsored by Arkansas Children’s Hospital) that features free activities and fun for kids which begin at noon. Other attractions include the Chevy Car Pavilion where you can see the latest lines of Chevy cars and truck; the Pops Classic Car Show that features our top 10 picks of classic cars; a marketplace of vendors for shopping and of course, food trucks.
Pops on the River activities inside the First Security Amphitheater gates will begin at 5:30. The Oh Say! Can You Sing? Top 5 finalists will perform in addition to the Happy Tymes Jazz Band. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will close out the night with a beautiful performance.
The fireworks show, which will be 30 minutes this year to celebrate the 30th anniversary, will take place approximately 9:30.
- -No Coolers
- -No Pets
- -No Outside Food or Drink
- -No Fireworks
- -No Smoking
Little Rock Pops on The River Schedule and Activities
11 am – 11 pm. Free transportation to event (See map and schedule here.)
Noon – 2 pm. Kirk Anderton performs (Pavilion Plaza)
Noon – 8:30 pm. Chevy Car Pavilion open (West Pavilion) See the latest Chevy cars and trucks and create your own “flipbook”to take home(What is a flipbook?)
Noon-8:30 pm. Kids Pavilion (East Pavilion) sponsored by Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Join the fun at the pavilion with free bounce houses, games and activities for the kids.
Noon-8:30 pm. Kids Pavilion (East Pavilion) Join us as we Salute the Troops – kid’s are invited to write a letter or color a picture to send to a service man or women serving overseas. Sponsored by St. Vincent
Noon- 5 pm. Pops Classic Car Show (St. Vincent Plaza) See the top 10 classic cars picked by our judges and help us decide who is the Best of Show. Voting by the public takes place by until 4:30 pm in the Classic Car Show The winner will be announced at 5 pm at the River Market Pavilion.
2-8 pm. Caricatures by John Deering (Kids Pavilion) John Deering is the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s editorial cartoonist. The fee of $1 goes to support the Ronald McDonald House.
2-8pm. Facepainting (Kids Pavilion) The fee of $1-$3 goes to support the Ronald McDonald House.
2-4pm. Uncle Sam on stilts Join Uncle Sam this 4th of July as he strolls through the festival
2:30-4:30pm. Mister Morphis performs live (Pavilion Plaza). This one-man band plays traditional and original folk, blues, country and gospel.
5:30 pm. Amphitheater gates open
5:30-9:30 pm. Salute to the Troops. Sponsored by St. Vincent (Riverfront Park) Record a video message to our men and women in the military in our Salute the Troops tent.
6:30 pm. The Oh Say! Can you Sing? Finalists perform. (Amphitheater Stage). Help the judges decide who will sing the National Anthem with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and win $500. See the finalists online now!
7 pm. The Happy Tymes Jazz Band performs (Amphitheater Stage). Listen to the Dixieland-style jazz band perform patriotic music.
8:30 pm. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs (Amphiteater Stage) sponsored by Delta Dental. It wouldn’t be Pops on the River without the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performing.
9:30 pm. Fireworks sponsored by St. Vincent. Celebrate 30 years with 30 minutes of fireworks. Fireworks are 100 percent made in the U.S.A