Prepping for Pops! — know before you go

Posted on June 28, 2019

Pops on the River, Little Rock’s largest Independence Day celebration is celebrating its 36th anniversary in 2019. The event is sponsored by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and brings 30,000 people to downtown Little Rock for an evening that culminates in a fireworks display over the Main Street bridge. If you’re planning to attend or are hoping to watch the fireworks from elsewhere in the River Market District, use this as your guide to making the most of your evening.

Come Early
We recommend coming early to get good parking for the night.  Gates to the First Security Amphitheatre open at 3 p.m. and reserved seating can be purchased here for $10. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. There will be plenty of food and beverage vendors open, as well as opportunities for entertainment and air conditioning throughout the afternoon. See our list of 4th of July openings here

Getting Here
The Main Street Bridge will be closed from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. and the Rock Region METRO Streetcar will not be in operation, so please plan accordingly if coming from North Little Rock.

The Central Parking Lot at the River Market (behind KATV’s Studio) will be closed. Public parking is available throughout the River Market District and downtown.  For details on River Market District Parking, click here. For details on other parking options throughout downtown, click here.

Cash or Card?

River Market District restaurants all accept both, but you might need some cash at the Pops Marketplace.  The Pops Marketplace will feature a wide variety of vendors offering everything from locally made, artisanal crafts to tasty treats. ATMs are available on the west side of the Police Kiosk at the Market Hall and on the east side of the KATV Ch 7 studio on Ottenheimer Plaza.

Bring Bug Spray
Keep in mind that, due to the delicate nature of our riverfront ecosystem, we do not spray for insects.  If bugs bug you, bring your own bug spray.

Keep Hydrated
Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the afternoon.  Visit the splashpads in River Front Park with the kids for a quick cool down or enjoy one of the many restaurants open for a refresher.  Emergency services will be onsite at First Security Amphitheater from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. for emergencies.



We all love our furry family members, but they don’t always love fireworks. For the safety of everyone, pets are not allowed at Pops on the River.

Event Schedule

3 p.m. Gates and Pops Marketplace open

3 p.m. – Military Appreciation Tent, all Military members (active, retired or dependents) are encouraged to check-in to receive various giveaways and a discount card to use with many of the vendors at Pops on the River. The first 100 will receive free reserved seating in the amphitheater.

3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Music from The Point

6 – 6:50 p.m. KEMISTRI BAND featuring Nicky Parrish

6:50 p.m. Mayor Frank Scott, Jr., Little Rock mayor

7 – 8 p.m.  Rodney Block performs

8:30 p.m.  The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

9:30 p.m.  Fireworks