But some things never change.
Red, white, and blue are colors always in style in Lake Highlands.
Thanks to our local Exchange Club, wearing them in honor of July 4th has never been so much fun.
Thousands of neighbors, families and even furry friends, were out in force this Saturday, enjoying what has become the hugely successful Lake Highlands Independence Day Parade.
Adam Meierhofer, Director of Americanism and Citizenship for the Exchange Club, reports the event set new records last Saturday.
"We eclipsed last year's estimated totals, which was no small feat."
"Over 3,000 people attended the parade and carnival this year," says Meierhofer. "We saw more floats, more booths, and more people."
"It's so great to see all the faces in the community come out and enjoy the parade. It's really what Lake Highlands is all about."
Local resident Helen Bowles captured the energy and enjoyment of Saturday's events in her video, which she graciously offered to share with our readers.
One look and you'll be sending the link to friends and family. Odds are you'll see more than one familiar face in her production.
Whether the Boy Scouts, our favorite spirit leaders - the Highlandettes and LH cheerleaders - or the dozens of families and businesses who worked hard to build their parade floats, the whole day was a successful tribute to our community, the members of our military and our nation.
Taking first place honors in the float contest was the Lake Highlands Area Early Childhood PTA. Watch for their ocean inspired creation in Helen's video!
"Of course the Exchange Club is proud to put it on," says Meierhofer. "It's a true team effort. None of it would be possible without the volunteers and our sponsors, especially Ebby Halliday, Wal Mart and the Dallas County Republican Party."
"It's our local supporters, in addition to so many of our small businesses, who make it all happen."
Be sure to check out the LH Today Photo Gallery, for lots of additional pictures from the day's events.
Thanks to everyone for submitting such great photos of both the parade and carnival.
We're already looking forward to next year!
Special thanks to Helen Bowles for capturing the spirit of the day and sharing her video with us.