The first-ever Fourth of July Community Hot Dog Social is being put on by Key Pen Parks with help from a sponsorship by Food Market of Key Center and Lake Katherine.

Park staff are hoping this will become an annual event.

It will be held at Volunteer Park from 11 a.m to 2 p.m., July 4.

According to Christina Hallock, marketing coordinator/recreation specialist, there will be carnival-style games, lawn games and half-hourly group competitions including tug-of-war, a three-legged race and water balloon toss.

“There will also be two bounce houses and, of course, plenty of hot dogs and cake. And all of it is free,” she said. “Bring a picnic blanket and get ready to have some old-fashioned fun in the park. The Fourth of July Hot Dog Social is a great way to kick-start your Fourth of July celebrations.”

For information, call (253) 884-9240.