Regional Park was also the scene for area residents who wanted to cook out, swim or take in the sights and sounds of the Blues for a Cause concert on Independence Day.

Regional Park was also the scene for area residents who wanted to cook out, swim or take in the sights and sounds of the Blues for a Cause concert on Independence Day.

Blues for a Cause is a not-for-profit organization that raises funds to help cancer patients without insurance.

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Thursday afternoon, residents visited with family and friends while children played and enjoyed summer time treats provided by area vendors, including an ice cream truck.

The sun was out and the sounds were sweet as the Blues for a Cause event kicked off the celebration, concluding with Southeast Arkansas’ largest fireworks display that was scheduled for 9 p.m.

Bands were lined up starting after noon and were slated to run through the night. Some people chose to sit in the shade of trees to watch the musicians and some chose the nearby water to splash in as the sound of the blues echoed through the park.

Families brought chairs and food as kids ran through the park playing on swings and eating ice cream. The sun was out but the heat stayed low, allowing people to enjoy the summer day. Hundreds lined the water’s edge and swam as boats and personal motor craft shot past in the distance.

The Pine Bluff Festival Association and the Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation Department teamed up to host the Independence Day celebration in Regional Park. Live entertainment, sponsored by MK Distributors, began at 4 p.m. Proceeds from the beverage sales benefited Blues for a Cause, an agency that holds fundraisers for cancer patients. For more information, visit www.pineblufffestival.org or call 870-536-7600 or 870-536-0920.