A chain link fence at the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center indicates construction of the new Aquatic Center has begun.

If you’ve been planning your annual stop at the Exchange Club’s Fourth of July Parade, don’t let that chain link fence around the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center pool stop you. That’s just construction of the new Aquatic Center, set to open next May. Boy Scouts, Military Moms, school groups, antique cars, fire engines, clowns and a host of other merry bands will have their annual entries in the parade, and children on bikes, scooters and roller skates will vie for “best of” ribbons as they don their finest red, white and blue and join the stroll down Church Road.

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Leading the procession this year as Grand Marshal will be Lake Highlands resident Renee Hall, police chief for the City of Dallas. Hall is the first female to serve in that position, and she recently shared why living in our neighborhood gives her extra incentive to keep our little slice of heaven safe and secure.

The parade steps off at 9 a.m. in front of North Highlands Bible Church and proceeds past the high school toward White Rock Trail. Afterward, families can head to the recreation center parking lot, where food, games, music and entertainment for all ages continue until noon.

You can check out our photos from last year’s parade here.

Cub Scouts at last year’s parade

Girls at last year’s parade