HOLLYWOOD — On June 30, the Hollywood Reservation celebrated the Fourth of July at the Ball Field. More than 100 Tribal members showed up to the event to celebrate the nation’s independence.
Some activities going on included face painting, waterslides, horseshoes and watermelon-eating contests.
“I enjoyed the big waterslide the most, and I’m having so much fun,” 7-year-old Nettie Smith said.
The event also featured food trucks with custom cupcakes and barbecue dinners.
“I preferred the jerk chicken the most,” Tribal member Brooke Osceola said.
Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great time. Kids filled up water guns ready to battle, slid down the slides and ate fresh watermelon.
Hollywood Board Rep. Chris Osceola reflected on what Fourth of July meant to him at the event.
“Family, friends, food and fireworks,” he said. “Also, just spending time together on a holiday.”
Tribal member and Recreation coordinator Leon Wilcox agreed.
“July Fourth to me means hot weather and celebrating Independence Day with your family and friends,” he said.
At the end of the event, many converged to watch the firework display light up the sky.