July 4 Parade details

Hi Neighbors!

We are officially one week away from the 4th of July – can you believe it!    I would like to share the details of the parade:

8:30am – Gather time at Barton Hills Market. 
9:00am – Parade start time (led by Austin Fire Department Station 11 truck – YES !!!)
9:30am – Unofficial gathering at Barton Hills Elementary basketball courts (for those who want to do so) 

*** Travis County Constables, Precinct 5, will be providing security and blocking Barton Hills Drive from Hollow Creek Drive to Homedale Drive.  

Because of Covid still being prevalent and our youngsters under 12 years of age not being vaccinated (according to TX Health and Human Services 59% of residents of Travis County 12 years of age and older are fully vaccinated and 69% have one vaccine) the BHNA will not be holding the formal parade after party at the school.   But, if you do feel comfortable safely gathering with your neighbors at the basketball court please bring a chair and perhaps some water/beverages since the advance weather forecast says 89 degrees and high humidity.  

We are still encouraging everyone (and their pets) to dress in their patriotic garb, and of course for all the kids to decorate their bicycles and wagons.  

Since we are using the Barton Hills Market parking lot I would strongly encourage you to go inside and buy a breakfast taco or two and support our long time neighborhood business that has been so gracious to continually let us stage our parade at their business year after  year. 

If you have any questions or comments please reply.

Hope everyone has a great Sunday!

David Poisson
BHNA Recording Secretary
BHNA 4th of July Parade Coordinator


Annual July 4 Parade Changes

Hi Neighbors,

I am writing to let you know that the BHNA has decided to have the 4th of July parade procession down Barton Hills Drive, as is our annual tradition, but we decided not to do the official after parade party at the elementary school basketball court.  

This is done as a safety precaution for all residents, as while most people have been vaccinated for covid, or at least around 50% according to city and county records, we think it is better to be safe than sorry, especially since the younger kids under 12 do not have vaccine availability and protection.  

We plan on having Austin Fire Station 11 lead the procession, and Travis County District 5 Constables provide parade route security, and of course we strongly encourage the usual decoration of bikes and wagons, and if you have patriotic garb please wear it!   If people want to do an unofficial gathering at the basketball courts to visit with their neighbors, by all means bring a chair and perhaps a cooler with some water/beverages as of course it should be hot then.   

We certainly hope you understand the situation.  I will post more parade details the week before the parade, as far as the gathering time/location and start time.  Feel free to shoot me any questions or comment … if they are nice!!

Hope to see everyone there!

David Poisson
BHNA Recording Secretary and 4th of July Parade Coordinator.


2020 Trail of Lights Information

The City of Austin has provided us with the information below since the annual Trail of Lights at Zilker Park significantly affects access to our neighborhood.

Unlike recent years, Trail of Lights 2020 will be a drive through ONLY experience. November 29– January event nights, closed on nights for the STARS Program, and on Christmas Eve/Day, and New Year’s Day.

As such, all the normal road closures will not be in effect. From November 29th to January 3rd, Toomey, Sterzing, and Barton Springs Road will NOT be closed for Trail of Lights.

Enclosed vehicles only will queue up along Stratford from Red Bud/Lake Austin area for entrance into the Trail and no walk-ins will be allowed. Vehicles will be required to have advance passes. For safety, there are no on-site admission sales, and no viewing areas of the site from the roadway or park. Therefore, no parking will be necessary for Trail-goers.

Interactive park access and site map: 
Google Maps of Trail of Lights Access Information

2020 Zilker Holiday Tree

Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 29, 6 pm – Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting – Virtual Ceremony

  • Austin Parks and Recreation YouTube Channel
  • ATXN Online Channel 1, or Channel 3 Spanish subtitles
  • Facebook – Zilker Holiday Tree
  • ATXN TV channels
    o Spectrum–Channel 6 (10.6 without a cable box)
    o Grande Communications – Channel 6 (119.6 without a cable box) 
    o AT&T U-Verse–Channel 99
  • To promote public safety, there are no on-site viewing and gathering options.

Tree Viewing

To ensure public safety and the health of our community the follow will be in place for 2020 after careful discussion with the City of Austin Health Authority.

No food/beverage or other concessions are on site or allowed on site. Parking lots near the Zilker Holiday Tree will be closed.

  • The park space near and directly under the Zilker Holiday Tree will be closed.
  • The public may view the Zilker Holiday Tree from their vehicle while driving through (excludes November 29 and December 31 when park roads near the tree will be closed)
  • Gatherings and on site viewing under the tree will not be available.

Download this information as a PDF document:
Neighborhood Flyer
Trail of Lights Calendar

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