Despite uptick in violence, many still showed up to enjoy Pops on the River

Arkansans flock to the River Market to celebrate Independence Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Despite the recent violence over the weekend in downtown Little Rock, hundreds of people still came out to Pops on the River.

Arkansans poured into the River Market Tuesday afternoon and evening to celebrate Independence Day. Many people we spoke to said they were surprised that so many people came out to the event, even after an increase in shootings in Little Rock.

From face painting, selfie booths, food, bounce houses, and video games, this event has entertainment for all ages. A lot of people said it was a good feeling to see there's still hope for city.


“It feels awesome because we look around and see everyone uniting and coming together and still feeling safe to be amongst each other of all races,” said one couple.

One resident of Little Rock said that "this is our city and we should still be able to celebrate and hang out with one another."

“I'm out here to show my family a good time and we have God in our life and that's all we need,” said one person from out of town.

While gang violence is still a concern in the community, people say they're not going to let it scare them away from downtown.

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