It’s one of my favorite holidays.

Barbecue is generally involved. Sometimes band music.

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You can get your Fourth on in a variety of ways today.

One is at the Clinton Presidential Center and Park, where there’s free admission all day to the presidential library. Food vendors will be operating in the park, music is planned and there will be fun for kids — Safari Train, bounce house, a water slide and obstacle course — beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Delta Brass Quintent plays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Chicken King will distribute free chicken wings from 2 to 4 p.m. The Dell Smith Experience takes the stage from 6 to 9 p.m. and then it’s time for the Democrat-Gazette’s Pops on the River-closing fireworks at 9:30.

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I’m also going to indulge myself by reprinting on the jump a July 4 column I wrote back in 1990 at the Arkansas Gazette and reworked once for the Arkansas Times. It’s purely a guilty pleasure for me to stir July 4 memories of days long ago lakeside in South Louisiana.

 

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