While Burbank's tradition of presenting a pyrotechnical spectacular at the Starlight Bowl was suspended due to the dry conditions of our hillside, nothing stood in the way of the tradition of celebrating our nation's independence with backyard parties and barbecues.
Among the most traditional of those soirées is the annual Fourth of July party thrown by former Burbank Mayor Mary Lou Howard. When I started writing this column back in 1995, Howard's Independence Day gatherings were already a wellestablished tradition. It's an annual gathering of past and present elected and appointed city officials, retired and active members of the Burbank Police Department, union representatives, local business leaders and longtime Howard friends and supporters.
This year's guest list included Vice Mayor Dave Golonski, his wife, Barbara Sykes and their son, John; former Burbank Fire Chief Mike Davis and his wife, JoAnn; City Clerk Margarita Campos and her husband, Vince; City Treasurer Donna Anderson; Burbank Water and Power General Manager Ron Davis and his wife, Cheryl, and Bob Hope Airport Chief of Police Ed Skvarna, Executive Director Dios Marrero and commissioners Charlie Lombardo and Don Brown.