Veterans invited to ride in special float at Heath’s July 4th parade

(HEATH, TX — June 27, 2016) For a patriotic hometown American experience, join the festivities at the City of Heath’s Annual Independence Day Parade on Monday, July 4.

Parade entry awards will be presented during a patriotic celebration immediately after the parade in Towne Center Park featuring a live barbershop quartet and free popsicles and PIE (blueberry and cherry)!

Staging for the parade is at 8 a.m., judging and awards are at 8:30 a.m., and the parade begins at 9 a.m. at Amy Parks-Heath Elementary School at 330 Laurence Drive.

A Best Decorated Award is presented in several categories including: Float; Bicycle; Wagon/Stroller; Golf Cart; Off-Road Vehicle; and Antique Car. There are also awards for Best Costume; Most Patriotic Pet; Most Spirited; and the Mayor’s Award.

The City’s Special Events Board is also encouraging a little friendly competition among neighborhoods with a new award for the BEST NEIGHBORHOOD/HOA FLOAT!

As always, the City of Heath invites veterans from any branch of the U.S. Military to ride in the parade on the Veterans Float.

“We have this float so that our community can honor our veterans for their extraordinary gift of service,” said Heath Mayor Brian Berry. “It is because of them and the many other brave men and women who have served in our Armed Forces that we are able to celebrate independence.”

Active members of the military are also encouraged to ride or walk in the parade. For more information, please contact Brandie Smallwood at 972-771-6228 or visit

City of Heath offices will be closed in observance of the holiday on Monday, July 4.

*Please plan ahead for brief traffic delays. The intersection of Laurence Drive and FM 740/FM 1140 will be closed during the parade from approximately 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on July 4.

Submitted by Suzanne Brooke, City of Heath.

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