Every city in the United States has carved out a tradition for celebrating the nation's birth.
While some stage parades, hot-dog-eating contests or community barbecues, Burbank's tradition has been centered at the Starlight Bowl, where the country's independence is celebrated with an evening of picnicking, entertainment and fireworks.
With one tradition so firmly entrenched, some may think it would be difficult to attempt to introduce a new one.
That thought clearly never crossed the minds of Jim O'Neil, executive vice president of Crown Realty and Development who manages the Burbank Town Center, and Linda Maxwell, who handles the mall's marketing and public relations.
Realizing that many residents and visitors gather on the roof of the center's north parking structure to watch the fireworks, from both the Starlight Bowl and Universal Studios, O'Neil and Maxwell decided to make it an official community event to benefit the Family Service Agency of Burbank's Coming Home Project, a military outreach and counseling program for veterans.