90th Burien Independence Day Parade Will Embody Community Spirit, Pride


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The 4th of July is just a week away, and what better way to celebrate it than by attending Burien’s 90th (!) annual Independence Day Parade, presented by the city and the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce?

We’re proud to be Media Sponsors, and we’re looking forward to a hopefully-gorgeous summer day where magical moments will turn B-Town’s streets into a truly great, red, white and blue American tradition. Patriotic music will fill the air, as colorful floats drift idyllically down the recently-paved, smooth streets. Esteemed veterans will proudly salute the American flag, beauty queens and elected officials will wave merrily from their convertibles, and youngsters will squeal in delight as they clamor for the free candy.

All around, happiness is contagious…and in Burien, community pride will shine.

Many members of our community (as well as visitors) return year after year to the Burien Independence Day Parade, and for good reason.

Now in its 90th year, the Burien Independence Day Parade has gained a reputation as one of the most enjoyable and spirited community parades in the region. It starts at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4th, and run for approximately two hours, putting it at a convenient time before all the barbecuing and fireworks begin.

To download a Map to plan your view, click here for a PDF file, or scroll down for a graphic.

To whet your parade appetite, here are a few things this year’s spectators have to look forward to:

  • Grand Marshal Georgette Valle!
  • Burien City Councilmembers!
  • Belly Dancers!
  • Antique Autos!
  • Robots! (and their keepers)
  • Ronald McDonald on a Segway!
  • The Keystone Kops!
  • The HOGS!
  • BMX Bikes!
  • Santa!
  • Clowns!
  • A Chinese dragon!
  • Drill teams, marching bands, floats, elected officials, community groups and more!
  • More special entries will be announced by the Chamber, and of course, there may be some surprises on the actual day!

Burien City Councilmember Rose Clark notes:

“Since my childhood I have loved Fourth of July parades. Flags waving, bands playing and people just having fun together. It doesn’t get better than that. We’ve been doing that in Burien for over 90 years. It is fun to work on, fun to oversee and fun to present right here in Burien. I hope to see people standing shoulder to shoulder just enjoying the day.”

Downtown Burien boasts an eclectic and charming mix of business, retail and restaurants, as well as a strong sense of community pride. The relatively new Burien Town Square and City Hall form an impressive backdrop for the downtown “skyline.” People have FUN in B-Town! Everyone is invited to come and be a part of this longstanding Burien tradition. Make it your own tradition in 2011!

The parade begins at 3:00 pm on Monday, July 4, 2011, at Ambaum Blvd. SW and SW 149th St. The route will head south on Ambaum, east on SW 153rd, north on 4th Ave. SW, then west on SW 152nd. The Burien Independence Day Parade is sponsored by:

Partners for this event are:

  • City of Burien
  • Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce
  • Burien/White Center Rotary Club

Media partners are The B-Town Blog and Highline Times.

For questions about the parade, contact the Chamber at (206) 575-1633 or email [email protected].

And here’s the map (click here to download your own PDF version):

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