Fourth of July celebrations are back, and our neighborhood plans to party hard with parades, costumes, food and, of course, fireworks. Here’s how to get your holiday on in East Dallas.

The Lakewood Fourth of July parade is marching on in 2021 after it was canceled last year because of the pandemic. This year’s iteration will take place at 10 a.m. July 3 at the corner of Lakewood and Cambria boulevards. The parade usually occurs July 4 but was moved because the holiday falls on a Sunday this year.

The theme is Lakewood Opening Ceremony in a nod to the Olympics taking place in late July. The day begins with a fun run at 8 a.m. It is open to everyone, and registration is not required. The parade is followed by a block party at Tokalon Park.

New COVID protocols prohibit participants from handing out candy, beads or other tokens along the route. Medals will not be given this year, but award winners will be announced at Tokalon Park.

The Little Forest Hills Fourth of July parade offers a smaller, funkier option for folks on the east side of the lake. The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. July 3 from White Rock Church. Participants are encouraged to bring their dogs, wave flags and dress in their most patriotic attire as they march to Casa Linda Park. The day ends with food and games at the park.

Just a few streets over, real estate agent Lee Lamont is distributing American flags throughout Forest Hills. The gift will be left on neighbor’s driveways to help them celebrate the holiday. Unwanted flags will be collected July 6, 7 and 8.

It wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without fireworks. There won’t be fireworks at Fair Park this year, but the Lakewood Country Club display is back on after last year’s hiatus. There are many great viewing spots around the neighborhood. Just find a spot around the Gaston Avenue club at 9 p.m. July 4.