"It's really important that we celebrate independence day and honor those out there fighting for our freedom." Families around the city flocked to the civic center for the annual 4th of July celebration. From music, food and fun, families had an array of ways to entertain themselves. "It's just a great day to spend with family. I know a lot of people have the day off." District one City Councilwoman Cindy Liendo Espinoza says this is not the first time this celebration is going on, it's been going on for years. "Every year we try to make it bigger and better so I'm glad the community is coming out to enjoy it." Something new this year is a cook-off. Bar-B-Q pits lined the back of the civic center where everyone brought their best recipes hoping to impress the judges. "We're here competing in a BBQ cook off to show your cooking skills...see how well you cook brisket, chicken and pork ribs." The cooks participating in the contest all teased the others about having the best recipe. Everyone had their sight on the prize, a trophy. "We all hope to. That's what we're here for. I hope to win."