State Rep. John Turner and family

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Exchange Club of Lake Highlands volunteers are busy planning this year’s Fourth of July festivities, and they’ve recruited State Rep. John Turner to lead the parade as Grand Marshal. After his busy first session in Austin passing legislation on property tax reform and school finance, even warm July temperatures and excited crowds along Church Road can’t keep Turner from his honorary role.

“The Exchange Club contributes so much to the Lake Highlands community,” says Turner. “The parade is a wonderful family event, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. in front of North Highlands Bible Church, 9626 Church Road (across from the LHHS tennis courts), and proceed down Church in front of the high school. The end point is the carnival at the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center, where food, games, musical performers and entertainment for all ages will await. The merriment will continue until noon.

Neighborhood businesses and civic organizations are encouraged to enter “floats” in the parade, which vary widely from decorated cars to flatbed trailers. Young children with bikes and wagons decked out in red-white-and-blue are a traditional part of the fun, as are fire engines, antique cars, clowns on tiny bikes and Uncle Sam on stilts.

Only in Lake Highlands, Texas.

You can see a slideshow of my photos from last year’s parade here.

If you’d like to participate in or support the parade, you can email the Exchange Club’s Nathan Trifone at

Lake Highlands loves the annual Exchange Club Fourth of July Parade.

2018 Grand Marshal DPD Chief U. Renee Hall with Alan Walne and Christopher Poteet.