Upcoming Summer Events 2017

June 22, 2017

Rotary Club of Park Cities July 4 Parade - 2017

Join your neighbors and line the streets of the Park Cities in celebration of the nation’s birthday!  The annual Independence Day Parade is set for Tuesday, July 4.

The parade begins at 9 a.m.  Parade participants will start lining up at 7:30 that morning near Highland Park Town Hall.  The family bicycle judging contest will begin at 8 a.m. at the Moody Family YMCA, 6000 Preston Road.  Bike entrants will join the parade at that point. 

Parade Route

The parade starts on Euclid Avenue and winds through a portion of Highland Park before traveling up Preston Road, turning right on University Boulevard and ending in University Park’s Goar Park. 

Family Festival in Goar Park

After the parade, Goar Park is the site of a patriotic family festival featuring music, food, and games.  The festival begins about 9:30 a.m. There is no admission charge.  So, bring the entire family and join the Rotary Club of Park Cities in honoring America and our community! 

For more information, please go to the Rotary Club of Park Cities website HERE.

Parade Map

2017 UP Firecracker 5K Fun Run

Celebrate America's birthday with a run through the beautiful streets of University Park!  On Tuesday, July 4, before the Park Cities July 4 Parade, the City of University Park will host its annual "UP Firecracker 5K Fun Run."  Designed for participants of all ages and abilities, the run will begin and end at Curtis Park. Start time is 7:30 a.m. The City will provide participation medals for all those who complete the run. 

Fun Run registration details:

All participants, regardless of age, must register for the event. Runners 12 and under participate for free.  Fun Run t-shirts are guaranteed ONLY to those who pre-register.   For those who choose to register the day of the event, race t-shirts will be distributed on a first come, first served basis until the remaining shirts are gone.

Pre-Registration: For participants 13 and over, the fee to pre-register is $15. Monday, June 26 is the last day to pre-register, and be guaranteed a shirt. Please DO NOT mail forms after this date!

Race Day Registration: Registration the day of the race begins at 6:30 a.m. at Curtis Park. The fee for those 13 and over on race day is $20.

Please download the form below to register by mail, or register in person at the Peek Service Center at 4420 Worcola Street. 

2017 Race Registration Form

Make checks payable to City of University Park Fun Run.

For more details and a map of the race route, please visit the City’s website at, or contact the Parks and Recreation Department office at 214-987-5488.

Friday fun - Catch a Dive-In Movie this summer!

The City's popular Dive-In Movie series starts in mid-July at the Holmes Aquatic Center.  Moviegoers are encouraged to watch these shows from the pool.  The pool snack bar will be open each night.  Admission is free all three nights.*  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  Moviegoers will be admitted beginning at 8:45 p.m. Showtime is 9 p.m.

Friday, July 14 -- Zootopia

Friday, July 28 -- Moana

Friday, August 25 -- Finding Dory

*  For admission, you must have a UP Pool Pass or reside inside HPISD boundaries.

UPPL's Youth summer reading program

University Park Public Library’s popular summer program, UP With Reading! is underway.  


Registered participants can take part in fun activities throughout June and July.  All activities, featuring special guests, will take place at the library on Wednesdays, beginning at 3 p.m.

Remaining lineup:

  • June 28 - Professor Brainius - wild and wacky interactive science experiments
  • July 5 - Seedsational - Plant your own seeds with the Dallas Arboretum
  • July 12 - Take Me to the Stars – Fort Worth Children’s Museum staff
  • July 19 - Arctic Animals - search for Polar Bears and the animals that live among them
  • July 26 – Mr. Phil and Pete the Cat - interactive stories and jokes 

This summer’s UP With Reading theme is “Aim for the Stars.”  Each registered participant will be given a rocket ship to hang in the library.
Prizes will be awarded for 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 hours of reading as hours are achieved.

  • A yard sign for each child who registers
  • A participation certificate for each child who reads 10 hours
  • A space ball for each child who reads 20 hours
  • A book to donate to Reach Out and Read* for each child who reads 30 hours
  • A book bag for each child who reads 40 hours
  • Each child who reads 50 or more hours will be entered into prize drawings

* For the second straight year, the University Park Public Library is proud to partner with the Highland Park Public Library in donating books to a local charity.  This year’s charity is Reach Out and Read, a group that incorporates books into pediatric care and encourages families to read aloud together.

UP with Reading sponsor: