The Cliff Cottage Inn elf wants everyone to know about all the fun activities planned for this Independence Day weekend. Besides being the birthday of our Nation,  July 4  also marks the 138th birthday of our charming village.

Internationally recognized Opera in the Ozarks has begun its 68th season, which is set to run through July 21. This year, our opera company of talented young singers  and orchestral musicians will be performing three works that feature strong female characters: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Bizet’s Carmen, and American composer Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. Most performances will take place at Inspiration Point, just a few miles from the city on Highway 62. Curtain time is 7:30pm and tickets can be obtained at

We just saw Carmen last night and it was a wonderful production of one of our favorite operas. The use of projected images to set mood and scene was very successful and certainly enhanced the staging possibilities for the Inspiration Point venue. Can’t wait to see the other two productions this season!

July 1st and 2nd will be the Historical Museum’s “Birthday Stroll” from 5pm-8pm leaving the parking lot of the ES community center up on Hwy 62 (Kings Highway) at the entrance to the Historic Loop every 30 minutes  and ending at Vestal Cottage, 12 Summit St. Tours last one hour and you’ll learn history of residents who resided in the “upper loop” of Eureka Springs including world-renowned dancer Irene Castle. Tickets are $15 including cake and ice cream at the end of the tour. You can purchase tickets online at or call 479-253-9417 for details.

On July 2, the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a lavish fireworks display at Lake Leatherwood City Park, one of the nation’s largest in-city parks. The park will be open all day for picnicking, boating and fishing. Several craft and concession stands will be open throughout the day, and a larger concession stand will open at 5:00 pm. The fireworks will light up the night sky beginning at around 9:30 pm. Parking is $5.00 per car at the Ball Field and trolleys will run back and forth for free  from Pine Mountain Village and the Transit office on Planar Hill (at Highway 62) to Lake Leatherwood. The trollys are a good option, as parking at Leatherwood is somewhat limited.

On July 4 itself, the Krew of Barkus presents Eureka’s ever-popular 4th of July parade along the scenic streets of our  Victorian village. Starting at 10:00 am at the Carnegie Public Library, the parade will meander its whimsical way  along Spring street. Following the parade there will be a pie contest in the parking lot of the historic courthouse on Main Street, just 17 steps below Cliff Cottage Inn.

Staying at Cliff Cottage Inn means that guests will be right in the middle of all the fun activities for the July 4 weekend. Your Jacuzzi suite or private cottage (with hottub) awaits, and you’ll be just steps away from all the events downtown.