The July 4 holiday period, which for many in Hope included a four-day span from July 1 to July 4, with many businesses and professional offices also closed Monday, saw the usual cookouts and family celebrations, private parties, and another big turnout for the 10th Annual First United Methodist Church “Spirt of Hope” Fireworks show on Tuesday night as well as elsewhere in the county, where Blevins also had its annual Fireworks show.

The July 4 holiday period, which for many in Hope included a four-day span from July 1 to July 4, with many businesses and professional offices also closed Monday, saw the usual cookouts and family celebrations, private parties, and another big turnout for the 10th Annual First United Methodist Church “Spirt of Hope” Fireworks show on Tuesday night as well as elsewhere in the county, where Blevins also had its annual Fireworks show.
Within Hope, the July 4 evening saw an estimated crowd of 700 or so -- scattered between the church grounds, the UA Hope campus, and other parts of southern Hope along South Main -- converged around to watch the First United Methodist show.
The festivities that afternoon and night also included kids games, food and snow cones, and the expected groups of persons seen socializing with family and friends.
The fireworks show itself was another dazzling display of lights and starbursts, and it lasted approximately 20 minutes, starting right at 9:00 p.m. Otherwise, temperatures in downtown Hope were unexpectedly mild for July at 78-degrees right before the fireworks show started.