Holiday Island to host fireworks again this year

Monday, June 27, 2011

HOLIDAY ISLAND, Ark. -- Experience an old-fashioned and small-town Independence Day celebration complete with a variety of family-friendly activities at the Holiday Island Chamber of Commerce's Fifth Annual Holiday Island Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration.

The celebration is free to the public and will take place at the Recreation Complex at Holiday Island Monday, July 4. It will begin at 2 p.m. with lawn games available throughout the day, various vendors offering Italian shaved ice, farmer's market items, ice cream, watermelon, baked goods, t-shirts, etc., ending at dusk with the fireworks display which will be choreographed to music.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Recreation Center will host children's games (3-legged race, water balloon toss, egg toss and cotton ball race) with goody bags for all participants, and putt-putt golf will be available from 4 to 8 p.m. Lonnie Nichols and the Grandview Bunch will perform from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., and The Rockhouse Band will provide live entertainment from 6 to 9 p.m. A Tribute to Veterans will start at 5:30 p.m.

A pulled-pork dinner will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the historic Barn and will be available for dine-in or carryout. Attendees are encouraged to take their food outside to enjoy the live entertainment, and if pulled-pork isn't your pallet preference, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and a variety of snacks and drinks will also be available for purchase on location.

Pam Hinson, Holiday Island Chamber president who also coordinated the event, is proud to announce that Lantis Fireworks and Lasers from Eureka, Missouri, will provide Holiday Island's fireworks display. Lantis Fireworks and Lasers uses the latest in technology driven shows for state-of-the-art computer firing systems and design software enabling performances to be digitally synchronized with music. The music for Holiday Island's fireworks display will be aired on Eureka Springs' radio station KESA 100.9 FM. The fireworks display can also be viewed from your boat on Table Rock Lake.

The Independence Day celebration is a cooperative effort between the Holiday Island Chamber of Commerce and the Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District, and HISID's fire department provides its services during the activities.

"The Holiday Island Fire Department will provide a First-Aid Station in the Island Room at the Recreation Complex," said Jack Deaton, Holiday Island fire chief. "Our goal is to make this celebration as safe and enjoyable as possible while getting the spectators in and out in a safe and timely manner."

For more information about the Independence Day celebration, please call the Holiday Island Chamber at 800-437-3007 or contact Pam Hinson at 479-253-7700 or

Schedule of Events

2 p.m. Hula-Hoop Demo/Contest by Island Health & Fitness
2 p.m.Vendor booths open
2:30 to 5:30 p.m.Lonnie Nichols and the Grandview Bunch
4:30 to 7:30 p.m.Pulled-Pork Dinner at the Barn
5:30 p.m.Veterans' Tribute
5:30p.m.Rec Center Kids' Games
6 to 9 p.m.Rockhouse Band

In addition, everyone is invited to attend the Recreation Center's Kick-Off Pool Party Saturday, July 2 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, various salads, iced tea and lemonade will be available, and live music will be provided by Bruce Nickle and the 3rd Street Band from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Tickets to the pool party are $7 for property owners and immediate family, and guest tickets are $10. For more information, call 479-253-9890.

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