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SRPMIC Celebrates Fourth of July

Gardening wizard Jacob Butler shares planting tips to a group of youngsters.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community knows how to celebrate the Fourth of July.

The Community held its annual free event at the Salt River High School football field on the evening of July 4. The celebration, which included live music, children’s games, food, snow cones and a fireworks show, attracted dozens of people.

The blazing sound of chicken scratch by Two Rivers echoed throughout the event, which was emceed by newly crowned Miss Salt River Mikah Carlos. A few dozen people showed off their dance moves.

The event started at 7 p.m., with the fireworks show at 9 p.m. Many people were there at the start, but the event didn’t start filling up until around 8 p.m. The burgers and hot dogs, as part of an “old-fashioned” family picnic for up to 500, were gone by 8:30 p.m.

Visitors received a water bottle bag and a portable water-misting fan. Red, white and blue bead necklaces were also given out.

Youngsters received inflatable ball toys. Stuffed-animal prizes were awarded in the variety of ball and beanbag-toss games.

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