Fourth of July

Happy Birthday America!

In Eureka Springs, July 4 is a special day. It's a time to celebrate the founding of our great country, and it's our little town's birthday, too! We hope you'll celebrate both occasions with us, starting with the 4th of July Parade on Thursday, July 4.

The theme of this year's parade is Celebrating our Freedoms and Defending Our Liberties. You should expect to see churches celebrating freedom of religion, businesses celebrating their freedom to advertise and groups and individuals celebrating all the rights they are grateful for. The parade is followed by the As American As Apple Pie Contest, the Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest and the Hot Dog Eating Contest.

We certainly celebrate 4th of July in a big way, but don't leave on July 5. We'll have a fireworks display on the evening of Saturday, July 6, with the fireworks being shot from Marble Flats. That means everyone in town should be able to see the show, no matter where you are.

"All the restaurants with patios, the back yards, the parks –– you'll see it anywhere you go," said parks director Justin Huss. "It's pretty exciting. Think of the iconic picture of Main Street, and picture that with fireworks in the corner."

Huss said he hopes this is the beginning of more visitors coming to town for 4th of July.

"This could become an annual draw for us," Huss said.


Eureka Springs hosts old-fashioned 4th of July celebration

On July 4, 1879, Eureka Springs was founded and named by a small group of people around the healing springs, as the Indians had called them. Dr. Alvah Jackson had come across the Basin Spring in 1856 and spread the word after he brought his friend Judge Saunders there to cure a leg problem in 1879.

The overnight population growth was enormous and a settlement of hastily-built shanties developed rapidly. Many more healing springs have been found in the town since –– if you get a chance, we recommend checking them out. After all, they are the reason Eureka Springs exists!

4th of July Events

There's so much to do on 4th of July, and if you're lucky, you can fit all these events into your schedule.

4th of July Parade

This year's theme is Celebrating Our Freedoms and Defending Our Liberties. The parade rolls through Spring Street at 10 a.m.

As American As Apple Pie Contest

Does everyone say your apple pie is the best? Enter it in this contest to see just how good it is. There will be ribbons for first through fourth place, and a price is offered for the first-place winner.

Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest

There are contests for all ages, including 6 and under, ages 7-9, ages 10-13, older teens and men and older teens and ladies. First-place winner gets a watermelon.

Best Dressed Parade Dog

Pick up a number from Crystal Ursin and the Krewe of Barkus at the post office and enter your dog in one of two categories: Best Little Dog or Best Big Dog. First and second-place winners get ribbons, and the two first-place winners will compete for the title of Best Dressed Parade Dog.

Hot Dog Eating Contest

How many hot dogs can you eat in seven minutes? Find out by entering the contest. There are contests for kids under 6, ages 7-9, ages 10-14 and two adult contests –– one for men and one for women. All first-place winners get a trophy, and second and third-place winners get ribbons.