The annual Sparkman Fourth of July Parade. This parade is a Sparkman Clubhouse tradition with fun for the whole family. The parade is notorious for the jaw-dropping and creative floats. Members of the community go all out for the celebration, with larger-than-life floats complete with themes and color coordination. After the parade, the pool is open. Events include an apple pie competition, a splash contest and a greased-up watermelon. The night ends with music and a DJ. 

Where: 3366 Duchess Trail, Dallas TX 75229

Cost: Free

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Hillcrest Forest Fourth of July Celebration. Hosted by the Hillcrest Forest Homeowners Association, this event promises balloon artists, face painters, convertibles and vintage cars. There will also be plenty of kids on decorated bikes. The main event is the best dressed dog competition.

Where: Kramer Elementary School 7131 Midbury Drive 

When: Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m.

Cost: Free

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Melshire Fourth of July. This parade and festival is an annual Melshire tradition hosted by the Homeowners Association. The event includes a kids parade with pets and bikes ending at Jamestown Park where there will be food and sno-cones, as well as face painting, a bounce house and a petting zoo.

Where: The parade will line up on Quincy and Willow. 

When: 10:30 a.m.

Cost: Free to HOA members, but $10 per family for visitors.

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First Fridays at Preston Royal Village. Experience First Friday at Preston Royal with shopping, dining, and health and beauty options. Highlights include promotions, specials and samples as well as activities for children. Enjoy musical guest the Tu-Tones. 

Where: 6025 Royal Ln, Dallas, TX 75230

When: Friday, July 5, 4-7 p.m. 

Cost: Free

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The Salvation Army Summer Music Conservatory Concert. The Salvation Army of North Texas presents a concert by members of its summer music conservatory. Seventy-five young people ages 12-18 spend four weeks of their summer working to refine and improve their music and arts skills. 

Where: 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225

When: Sunday, July 7, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

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