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Zoie Clift, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

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In order to better serve your needs and to keep you from getting extremely long documents from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, we have decided to break down our Travelin’ Arkansas release into regions organized by date. This way you will be able to look only at the areas you are interested in covering. The territories covered in Travelin' Arkansas adhere to the six geographical regions found in the Arkansas Tour Guide. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions: or 501-682-7606.


July 2 is Sparks in the Park, the annual fireworks festival in Texarkana at the Four States Fairgrounds. Activities at the festival start at 4 p.m and include a car and motorcycle show, a motorcycle stunt show (at 5:30), games for kids, live music, fireworks and more. For fishing fans, from 9 to noon is a Fishing Derby at Lake Dieffenbacher at Bobby Ferguson Park.  For more details visit or call 870-773-2941.


The Fantastic Fourth Celebration is July 4 in El Dorado at the Union County Fairgrounds. Throughout the day there are arts and crafts, food vendors, Kids World, the Fantastic Fourth Championship Car Show, the Firecracker 5K Run, a pet show, live music and more. The day ends with a spectacular fireworks display. For more information visit or call 870-863-6113.

Seussical the Musical is July 14-24 in El Dorado. The musical is based on the books of Dr. Seuss with music by Stephen Flatley and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for members and $10 for students. For more details visit or call 870-862-5474.

At the Trial by Jury Dinner, July 16 at Historic Washington State Park in Washington, guests first enjoy an evening meal at Williams' Tavern Restaurant then proceed to the 1836 Courthouse. There participants take part in a living history drama where they judge the guilt or innocence of a man accused of murder. The drama is based on an actual 1844 trial that took place in the same courtroom. Dress casual or wear your favorite 19th century costume. Reservations are required. Admission is $25 for adults and $20 for kids under 14. For more information visit or call 870-983-2684.


Historic Washington State Park hosts the 5th annual Red River Heritage Symposium July 23 in Washington. The focus is “The Gathering Storm” of the Civil War in the Great Bend Region of the Red River. A Teachers Workshop is in the morning followed by a luncheon.  The workshop covers resources for the classroom for studying the beginning years of the Civil War and costs $15 per person. The cost is $30 for the symposium which includes supper. For those attending both the workshop and symposium there is a discount price of $40. Those interested must register with the park by July 20th. For more information visit or call 870-983-2684.
Enjoy a historical reenactment July 30 of the legendary Marshal Tucker-Parnell Brothers gunfight that took place in Union Square during Showdown at Sunset in El Dorado. Actors dress in true-to-era clothing and shoot black-powder guns that look, sound and smell like the real thing. The event was named one of the Top 100 Events in North America. For more information visit or call 870-862-4747.

Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-682-7606