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VHS adds specific fireworks start time to avoid confusion

by From Staff Reports | June 10, 2021 at 4:01 a.m.
Fireworks explode over Lake Hamilton on May 24, 2020. - File photo by The Sentinel-Record

The annual Independence Day free fireworks display sponsored by Visit Hot Springs will be held Sunday, July 4, on Lake Hamilton, but will have a specific starting time.

The new starting time will be at 9:30 p.m., according to Visit Hot Springs CEO Steve Arrison.

"We had been scheduling the annual fireworks shows 'at dark,'" Arrison said in a news release on Wednesday. "But that caused some confusion among our spectators because of the uncertainty of when 'dark' would occur. So we decided to schedule the show to begin at a specific time to avoid uncertainty."

In case of rain, the fireworks will be held Monday, July 5.

Visit Hot Springs also said that a Labor Day fireworks display will be reinstated this year after a three-year hiatus. That display will be held Sunday, Sept. 5, with a rain date of Monday, Sept. 6.

"After a three-year interruption we are adding the Labor Day fireworks back to our schedule," Arrison said. "We had so many requests from the public for resumption of the Labor Day display that we decided it was time to resume that tradition."

The fireworks are shot from barges in the middle of Lake Hamilton at the causeway on Central Avenue opposite the DoubleTree Hilton by Hot Springs.

Anyone watching from the water is asked to keep a safe distance from the fireworks launching area and keep watch for fellow boaters.

The fireworks will be synchronized with music on radio station 97.5 FM US97 when fans watch the display.

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