It was pure red, white and blue hometown Americana in the City of Heath as the community celebrated July 4 with the Annual Independence Day Parade and Patriotic Program in the park afterwards.
During the program, Mayor Brian Berry presented the parade awards and honored attending veterans. Pastor Phil Alford of the First Baptist Church of Heath led the invocation; Boy Scout Troop 989 posted the colors; and a live barbershop quartet sang the national anthem and other American favorites. And everyone cooled down with free popsicles, ice cold water and mini blueberry, cherry and buttermilk pies.
The 2017 parade award winners are:
- Mayor’s Award & Best Community Float – Hard Hats in Heath: presented by the Gerkens; Kelleher; Knox; Lovell; Martin; Mouse; Scott; Spicer; Spraggins & Warren families.
- Best Bicycle – Makayla & Jillian Schulte, with Madison Smith
- Best Classic Car – Jerry & Terry Hill, Ford Model A
- Best Costume – Rodney Wheeler, Batman
- Best Vintage Charm – Jerry Knoerr, 1961 Harvester Fire Truck
- Best Golf Cart – The Compton & Buchanan Family
- Best Off-Road Vehicle – Max Allen
- Most Patriotic Spirit –Rod Holland, Uncle Sam
- Most Patriotic Pet – Olivia Horvath, riding Chance; Gabby Ruffini, riding Diamond
The City thanks the Special Events Board and 2017 Special Events sponsors for making community celebrations like Independence Day in the Park possible.
Special Events Board members: Jenni Knox, Neely Holland, Amanda Rosander and Tami Hogan.
Special Event Sponsors:
HOST SPONSOR – Farmers Insurance of Heath
Presenting Sponsors –
American National Bank of Texas; Allegiance Title; Horton & Archibald, a Professional Corporation; LiechtyMcGinnisBerrymanBowen Attorneys & Counselors; Artsteam Mobile Art Studio; Atmos Energy; Dental Professionals of Rockwall; Heath Salon & Spa; Suddenlink; and Rockwall Cycling
Supporting Sponsors –
Justin Holland, Regal Realtors; Juice It Up; Karen Wydra, Ebby Halliday, Realtors; Oncor; Smoothie King; Shannon’s Farms; and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.