Popping up like bluebonnets in the spring, red-white-and-blue flags are appearing throughout the area in preparation for the 4th of July. One of the annual events taking place on Thursday, July 4, is the Park Cities 4th of July Parade put on by the Park Cities Rotary Club. This year’s theme is “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars … A Nod To Old Glory.”
This year’s all-American moving showcase of bikes, motorized floats and riders on horseback will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.
Adding to the “oomph” of the event will be the Grand Marshal-lette. It will be none other than brunette philanthropist Francie Moody-Dahlberg with her killer smile.
So, if you haven’t made other plans, consider staying in the North Texas hood and lining up for the candy tossing and flag waving.
- Get there early.
- The best viewing area is along shady Beverly Drive or University Boulevard. For the Beverly viewers, they get a first view of the parade and can scurry over to Goar Park for the festivities. The University Boulevard viewers will be just a few steps away from Goar Park.
The Rotary Club has issued the following safety rules:
- Do not enter the roadway, or let children enter the roadway to retrieve candy, or for any other reason
- Encourage your friends and neighbors to keep all kids on the curb.
- Be considerate and understanding if contact by police or Rotary parade workers along the route – they have your best interests in mind.
- Remain clear of the entire roadway along the parade route, leaving the entire street, curb-to-curb, open for the use of the parade participants and ensuring a safe buffer zone as large floats and groups attempt to navigate the streets, corners, etc.
The parade gets underway at 9:00 a.m. and remember to play it cool in cottons and sunscreen. And, of course, you don’t need to be reminded to wear your sunglasses and wave your flags.