The Mexico Optimist Park and the Mexico Veterans' Home were happening places Thursday as area residents celebrated the Fourth of July. The veterans' home family day was held with events throughout the day. Down the hill, the Optimist Park was busy with events including: food booths, members of the Mexico Host Lions Club barbecued, games and softball tournaments. The events at Optimist Park were sponsored by the Mexico Optimist Youth League. The Fourth of July activities in Mexico are sponsored by the Mexico Host Lions Club, Missouri Veterans' Home Assistance League, the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mexico Optimist Club.