PIMA — Changes to how Pima celebrates the Fourth of July means residents will have to two opportunities to celebrate Independence Day.
Previously, the celebration at Heritage Park was a collaborative effort of the town, the Pima Volunteer Fire Department and the Eastern Arizona Museum & Historical Society.
However, this year the town pulled out of the traditional celebration to put on another event a few days later.
The museum is fully sponsoring the annual Patriotic Fourth of July celebration in Heritage Park, located between the fire station and the library. The event starts at 6 a.m. with a flag raising, followed by a short patriotic program with music. The all-you-can-eat breakfast closes the traditional event. Breakfast is free for veterans and active duty personnel; all others are asked for a $3 donation.
Two days later, the Town of Pima will conduct an Independence Celebration at Blue Ribbon Park.
The town celebration includes a free lunch at 1 p.m., local vendors, snow cones, face painting, balloons and free jumping castles free of charge for children. Also, admission to the town pool will be free for residents from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Those interested in volunteering for the Fourth of July breakfast should contact Edres Barney at the Eastern Arizona Museum & Historical Society.