This year’s Fourth of July celebrations took place at the Salt River High School football field in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on Friday evening, July 4. Over 500 Community members, families and friends celebrated together and made this year a year to remember!
The evening’s fun-filled activities started off with the posting of the colors by the Bushmasters, American Legion Post 114, followed by a blessing and prayer by Miss Salt River, Pretty Flower Galindo. MC Pacer Reina welcomed everyone to the event, and patriotic remarks were given by Post 114 Commander Darrell Hills and Delphine Burbank, president of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 114.
The evening continued with a bang. Eagle Heart provided musical entertainment while guests enjoyed a free hot dog meal with roasted corn and Italian ice.
People could visit the different game booths and informational booths throughout the evening. Children had fun with Fourth of July temporary tattoos, glow lights and 3D glasses to make the fireworks show a little more interesting.
As most sat on the football field anticipating the fireworks, some families participated in a variety of organized games on the north end of the football field and at the Community Relations tent. Family games included Frisbee golf and blindfolded dodge ball. The children were able to participate in a jello eating contest and the adults were able to participate in a watermelon eating contest.
Everyone enjoyed meeting old friends and making new ones. At 9 p.m. sharp, the lights went out and the fireworks show began. The “oohs” and “ahhs” echoed across the football field, and the only things visible were the glow lights. This year’s fireworks show and Fourth of July festivities proved to be a success as families went home with smiles on their faces. .