The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands’ annual Fourth of July Parade is tomorrow, and a familiar face – or voice, rather – has been selected as this year’s grand marshal. 

Bob Johnston in the press box at Wildcat Stadium in 2023. Photo by Kathy Tran.

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Lake Highlands High School Athletics announcer Bob Johnston, locally known as “The Voice of Lake Highlands,” was chosen by the Exchange Club to lead the parade. Having been the Wildcats’ PA announcer for more than three decades, Johnston said he was glad to be selected.

“I’m feeling honored and pleased that it was available to me,” Johnston said. “As you may or may not know, I’ve been announcing the Lake Highlands football games and baseball games for over 35 years. And so, you know, having done that as, for the most part, as an involuntary thing for those many years, I was pleased that they thought that was important.”

Johnston hasn’t missed many Fourth parades in 35 years, and has previously been involved in the parade – just not in this role. For him, seeing the community come out has always been his favorite aspect.

“Oh, just all the people, and particularly all the kids coming around.” Johnston said. “But just the number of community members that participate, both on the sideline watching and in the parade itself, is always exciting to me.”

The parade will take place on Church Road, beginning in the Lake Highlands Bible Church parking lot. The parade begins at 9 a.m, and a carnival featuring food trucks will take place in Lake Highlands North Park afterwards.

Map courtesy of Exchange Club of Lake Highlands.