Happy 100th Birthday, Burbank! You’re Invited

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By Carolyn Scott-Hamilton

Starlight Bowl.

In the last 100 years, we’ve seen moving pictures talk and bring our favorite stars into our homes via a glowing tube; we’ve walked on the moon and learned how to “surf the web.” The city of Burbank has not only seen all of this happen with the rest of the world, it was there to witness it first hand. With Lockheed moving in to this Los Angeles suburb in 1928, it launched a community that would soon be known as the “media capital of the world.” When the aircraft business boomed, the community doubled in size and attracted the motion picture and television studios to set up shop. Now home to Disney, Warner Brothers and NBC, Burbank not only made its mark in the last 100 years, it has reserved the right to celebrate in style!

You are invited to join in the festivities on July 8 as Burbank will be hosting its “Party of the Century!” A free event for the whole family, all of Burbank will be out to celebrate its achievements, its businesses and its citizens.

Centennial artwork.

The fun begins promptly at 5 p.m. as the Opening Ceremonies will be taking place in front of City Hall on Olive. Attendees will experience a whole host of dignitaries, celebrities as well as Mayor Jess Talamantes and the MC of the event, Channel 4’s own Fritz Coleman. Be sure to get there in time to see Mickey and Minnie wheel out the 100th birthday cake of cupcakes as well as the Centennial Air Parade. In honor of the Bob Hope Airport and a nod to Burbank’s history with Lockheed, the air parade will feature all sorts of aircraft such as F18s, B25s, World War II planes and even local sheriff helicopters. It will be a sight to behold as they will be flying low overhead, so don’t forget to pack your earplugs! Additionally, don’t miss the content reveal of Burbank’s 1986 time capsule or the unveiling of Bob Hope’s wax figure, compliments of Madame Tussauds.

Directly following the opening ceremonies is when the party begins on the streets of Burbank. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy meal deals from local restaurants, browse booths of Burbank businesses and organizations and keep a look out for Bugs Bunny, Mickey and Minnie Mouse!

The celebration culminates with a first ever event during the final hour, with a fantastic fireworks display in the heart of downtown Burbank.

For more information on the event as well as road closures, free super shuttle pick ups and drop offs, times and locations, please visit www.BurbankUSA.com/centennial. We can’t wait to celebrate 100 years with you!

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