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Historic Arkansas Independence Day

Celebrate Independence Day as it was celebrated on the Arkansas frontier at the Historic Arkansas Museum. The afternoon activities include an old-time patriotic parade, 19th century music and encounters with people from the past.

Cheer “huzzah” during a reading of the Declaration of Independence and sign your own copy in the print shop. Watch out for Red Coats! This year marks the 240th anniversary of the start of the revolution, and in commemoration, history lovers are invited to watch a reenactment of two battles and a duel on the lawn near the farmstead.

Children can walk on stilts and play other pioneer games, and they’ll be invited to take up brooms and wooden rakes to train with the militia. They will also have the opportunity to create flags, streamers and signs to use in the parade and then enjoy free watermelon and ice-cold lemonade!

Join locals and visitors alike at the Historic Arkansas Museum for an afternoon of old-fashioned fun! The fun starts at 1:00 p.m. with the parade at 3:00 p.m.  All activities are free and open to the public.

The Empress is your perfect headquarters for Independence Day fun.  Join us in the morning for a patriotic brunch on the Empress grounds with all of our guests, friends, family and neighbors from the historic Quapaw Quarter Neighborhood.  Afterwards you can enjoy 4th of July past at the Historic Arkansas Museum, then walk a few blocks to the Rivermarket for Pops on the River with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and fireworks over the Arkansas River.  Independence Day is an exciting holiday, and we would love to share it with you!