Iconic Burbank Mother Celebrates Birthday With America

Photo By Ross A. Benson

BurbankNBeyond traveled one block beyond Burbank on this year’s Independence Day, to catch this years 11th annual July 4th parade that residents in the 4900 block of Arcola gathered to have of their own.

Lois Bennett is presented a Birthday greeting from Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge's Deputy District Director Alice Ramirez-Roth. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

This years parade had close to 200 participants, some walking, some riding bikes, go carts and even pushing lawn mowers. The parade was lead by Los Angeles City Fire Engine 86, an LAPD cruiser, and a Paramedic unit from LA City Fire.

This years Parade Queen was longtime Burbank resident Lois Bennett (formerly Benson) who turned 90 years old on July 4th. Bennett is very active in several Burbank Organizations, and a member of Burbank Temple Emanuel El. They neighborhood even has a bake sale with the proceeds going to benefit ‘The Ronald McDonald House’.

Parade organizers Wendy and John Hauptman, who live on Arcola and also members of Burbank Temple Emanuel El said this is years Parade Queen Lois Bennett is well deserving of the honor on her 90th Birthday.  She is always going and going helping anywhere she can at the Temple, what a way to honor her.

Later in the evening Bennett’s family celebrated with over a 100 family and friends at the Castway Restaurant, enjoying the City of Burbank’s Fireworks show.

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Photo By Ross A. Benson
Photo By Ross A. Benson
Photo By Ross A. Benson
Photo By Ross A. Benson
Photo By Ross A. Benson
Parade Organizers John and Wendy Hauptman with Parade Queen Lois Bennett (Photo By Ross A. Benson)



  1. She DOES NOT look 90.  What a glamorous woman!  I love the idea of resident having their own parade.  It’s so sweet!!!  Happy Birthday, Miss Lois!!!!!

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