Independence Day celebrations will involve fireworks displays hosted by local radio groups to entertain residents on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
East Arkansas Broadcasters will host a display at Joe Mack Campbell Park on Wednesday. The park opens at 6:30 p.m. with fireworks scheduled for 9 p.m.
Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott warned those hoping to get a good view of the show that no parking alongside I-555/U.S. 63 will be allowed.
Jonesboro Radio Group will follow up with a show Thursday at Southside Softball Complex. The park opens at 7 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Concessions will be sold in the parking lot for this event.
Shooting of fireworks is prohibited within the city limits by ordinance. E-911 Director Jeff Presley warned residents against calling 9-1-1 to report neighborhood fireworks. “Those lines are for emergencies, and calling to report fireworks can tie them up for someone with a critical situation,” Presley said.
Animal Control Supervisor Larry Rogers advised residents to take steps to ensure the safety and comfort of pets during the holiday week.
“This is a time when we see more lose, scared animals than usual,” he said. “And it’s an important time for people to ensure their pets are not only wearing identification, but safe inside their homes away from loud noises.”
Rogers said people should resist the temptation to bring their pets to fireworks displays of any kind. “There are plenty good times to share with your pets, but fireworks is not one of them,” Rogers said.
City of Jonesboro services other than fire and police will be closed Thursday, and sanitation routes beginning Thursday have been moved back to holiday scheduling. Check the City website, Jonesboro.org, or Facebook page for more details.