From Racing to Rainbows, Arkansas Celebrates Independence Day

JONESBORO, AR - Arkansas celebrated Independence Day with racing, Rainbow festivities and even a Razorback, though overcast skies and soggy weather crossed much of the state during the midweek holiday yesterday.

For many, of course, the highlight was those evening fireworks.  They lit up the sky with two big shows in Jonesboro...the K8 co-sponsored FreedomFest show at the Northeast Arkansas District Fairgrounds, and Fourth in the Forest, at Craighead Forest.

Earlier in the day in Little Rock, Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee donned race bib #8 for the morning run of the annual Firecracker 5K.  The former Arkansas governor finished 391st out of the race's 587 male runners.

The 50-year-old Huckabee easily finished before the final male racer, whose name was Bill Clinton.  That's Bill Clinton of Sherwood, not the former president.

In Little Rock's College Station neighborhood, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden was the grand marshal for an annual parade.

Governor Beebe was one of several public officials who made the rounds in northeast Arkansas, headlining a list of politicians and elected officials who pressed the flesh in Rector, Corning and Portia.

Meanwhile in the Ozark National Forest in north-central Arkansas, the Rainbow Family awoke to its traditional morning of silence commemorating the day.  The mix of eccentrics, young people and hippies congregated by a nearby creek holding hands.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)