Fireworks, public and private
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There will be two public fireworks shows for anyone in Lonoke County wishing to follow John Adams’ example of celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but not take up fireworks themselves.
The two professionally conducted fireworks shows are at Cabot and Ward.
At Cabot, the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Fourth of July Celebration is on the church grounds at 163 Mt. Carmel Road.
The celebration begins at 6 p.m. with music, hamburgers and hot dogs. A bounce house, slides and an obstacle course for children will be available.
The fireworks show begins at 9 p.m.
The City of Ward annual Fourth of July Picnic and Fireworks will be held at the Ward Sports Complex, on Peyton Street (across from Ward Central Elementary School).
Booths open and the Car and Bike Show begins at 4:30 p.m.
All fireworks use is dependent upon weather conditions; should a burn ban be declared, it would prohibit private and professional fireworks displays alike.
Rules and regulations
The sales and use of private fireworks is allowed in the county’s unincorporated areas.
Cabot and Ward prohibit the sales and/or discharge of fireworks inside the city limits at any time. A check with Cabot Police assured that fireworks stands along Bill Foster Highway (Arkansas Highway 321) are, indeed, outside the city limits.
Austin prohibits the sale of fireworks, but allows fireworks to be discharged inside city limits on July 3 until 10 p.m. and July 4 until 11 p.m.
Carlisle allows the sales and use of fireworks within city limits from June 27 to midnight July 4.
Lonoke allows the sale of fireworks inside city limits July 2, 3 and 4, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Fireworks may be used during the same hours allowed for purchases, with the time extended to midnight July 4.