Get ready for the July 4 Parade!


The 4th of July Parade is just two weeks away. Let’s all come together to celebrate our country’s birthday in this most Barton Hills demonstration of sheer fun!

Get your cookies and watermelons ready. Decorate your kids, bikes, scooters pets, strollers, wagons, and whatever else you can think of adding to the parade. There will be great prizes and awards.

Line up at 8:30 AM at Barton Hills Market, 1220 Barton Hills Drive. The parade starts at 9 AM to Barton Hills Elementary School Park for after-parade festivities including the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, awards for parade decorations, cookies, watermelon, and games.

Remember it takes all of us to celebrate. If you are not planning on marching in the parade, please come out to the parade route (from the Barton Hills Market to Barton Hills Elementary School) to cheer.

Donations of cookies and watermelons are needed; please bring them to the BHE playground before the parade.
Judges, adults to supervise games, parade sponsors, and helpers for set-up and clean-up are also needed.

If you can volunteer to help in any way please call me or email.

We want YOU!!!!!

Sunny Luther
2012 Parade Chair


July 4 Parade Photos

Chuck Ragland, driver of the classic Mustang pictured above, shared this photo of Parade Queens Melissa Hawthorne and Mary Ann Neely waving symbolic branches of ligustrum and nandina, two invasive species that our Greenbelt Guardians work so diligently to remove to allow native species to thrive in our nearby parkland.

Jennifer Ellen Cook sang the national anthem at the Celebration held on the Barton Hills Elementary playground after the Parade. Check out her pictures from the event here.


Come to the 4th of July Parade!

Hello neighbors,

It is with sheer delight and pleasure the Barton Hills Executive Committee announce the co-Grand Marshals for the 2009 Barton Hills Independence Day Parade on Saturday, July 4, 2009: (drum roll, please)

Leading the 16th annual 4th of July Parade will be the award-winning Barton Hills Elementary “Odyssey of the Mind” students and Austin’s own Police Chief, Art Acevedo!

According to the APD website: “Art Acevedo serves as the eighth Police Chief in the 84-year history of the Austin Police Department and is the first Hispanic to lead the City’s police force. With more than two decades of law enforcement experience, he oversees a department that employs approximately 2,100 sworn officers and civilian personnel. With the consolidation of the Austin Police Department and the Austin Public Safety and Emergency Management Department in January 2009, Acevedo is now responsible for all municipal law enforcement in the City of Austin, including Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, parks, and municipal courts. Appointed Austin Police Chief in July 2007, Chief Acevedo believes in the spirit of our community and the commitment to excellence demonstrated by the men and women he leads.”

Thanks to Cherylann Campbell for this description: “Odyssey of the Mind (OOTM) is a competition in creative thinking for kids from elementary school to college. Teams are judged on how well they meet challenges, on creativity and teamwork. Our Barton Hills Elementary team is the first Austin area team to ever qualify for World Competition! They won the Central Texas regional competition, and came in second in the Texas State competition, to earn the chance to represent their school, their community, Austin, and Texas at the 30th annual Odyssey of the Mind, World Competition this May. In Iowa at the World Competition, they came in 24th of 47 teams competing in their division. They competed against teams from across the US, Mexico, Poland, Hong Kong and China.”

“There are 7 kids on the team: 2 girls and 5 boys. This is their second year competing together as a team. Five will be at the parade. All are 10 years old who just finished 4th grade at Barton Hills Elementary. Five live in the neighborhood. They call themselves “the Peeps.””

Because we do not have permission to identify each of the children by name, we will give a “shout out” of congratulations to our talented team and thank all the neighbors and contibutors who helped get them to competition! Bravo!

Please come to the Parade next Saturday, and welcome Chief Art Acevedo and the students of “Odyssey of the Mind” as they lead our 2009 Barton Hills July 4th Parade! We’re honored to have you as our co-Grand Marshals!

Please forward the attached Parade flyer to family and friends. See you at the Parade!


Kay Killen
BHNA Representative to the
Austin Neighborhood Council

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