Five years ago the Mission Hills Town Council started their signature event for the neighborhood, the 4th of July Celebration in Pioneer Park. This event has gotten bigger each year and the community looks forward to attending. It starts with a parade through the streets of Mission Hills where families dress in patriotic colors. Back in the park, prizes are awarded for best costume and games for the kids are also organized. A concert follows and everyone spreads blankets and chairs in the park to enjoy their picnics. The Mission Hills Town Council also puts on a BBQ competition during the celebration and this year will be the 2nd Annual BBQ competition. Competitors from the neighborhood will by vying for great prizes as well as bragging rights. Last year, local architect Jim Gates sculpted a trophy worthy of being passed on year after year, the winners' names emblazoned on it for generations of Mission Hills residents to see. The resulting pulled pork, a BBQ competition classic, will be served as sandwiches to Mission Hills Town Council members at the 4th of July celebration. If you are not a member of the Town Council, family memberships are available the day of for $20. All are welcome to the 4th of July Celebration and there will be the family favorite parade, kids games, a concert featuring local band Hugh Gaskins and the G String Daddies, singing of the national anthem, and free treats. So bring a picnic and blanket and get ready to enjoy some great BBQ, music, and celebrate with your neighbors.