Off with a blast
Bryant to hold first Pops in the Park
Bishop Park will light up with fireworks for the first Pops In the Park to celebrate Independence Day on July 4.
“Pops in the Park is a link between the city and the Chamber to give back to the residents and businesses and say thank you,” Bryant City Council Member RJ Hawk said.
He said the city has not been able to put on a fireworks show in some time.
Pops In the Park will start off with free games provided by the Greater Bryant Chamber of Commerce at 7 p.m. There will be food trucks where people can purchase something to eat. Hawk said four trucks have committed
to attend the event so far.
At dark, the firework show will begin.
Arnold’s Fireworks will put on the show, which Hawk estimated will last 20 to 25 minutes.
Hawk said after the recent council meeting he wondered why Bryant doesn’t do a show. He spoke with Bryant Mayor Allen Scott and Chamber President and CEO Jason Brown.
They decided Bryant should have one and believe it will not only be good for the residents, but it could bring people from outside of Bryant to see the city and Bishop Park.
“It is really coming together nicely,” Hawk said.
When they decided to hold the show, they had to get a permit from Arkansas State Police.
They are still working on all the details for the event.
Admission to the show will be free to the public.
Hawk said they are working to ensure Pops in the Park is a family friendly event.
He feels it helps the Chamber promote business and Scott promote the city.
Hawk is not sure how many people to expect. He knew at the recent Picnic at the Port event organizers only expected around 300 people and ended up with more than 1,000 attendees. He is hoping 500 people attend Pops in the Park.
“People like to see things
blow up,” Hawk said.
He pointed out for this show people aren’t having to drive to Benton or Little Rock. They can stay in their own city to view the fireworks.
Anyone who attends need to bring a chair or blanket to watch the show.
Hawk said people can sit in the parking lot of The Center or around the baseball fields, The multipurpose field will be off limits because that is where the fireworks will be shot.
If this year’s Pops in the Park is a success, Hawk would like to see it become an annual event in Bryant.
He encourages the community to check out the show.