Arbutus Fourth of July Parade still sparks a thrill for long-time East Drive resident

Leon Lineburg called the annual Fourth of July celebrations that sends a parade through downtown Arbutus "busy as the devil."

If anyone would know about the buzz of activity that includes a flyover by A-10 jets, marching bands and community groups, floats, muscle cars and wailing fire engines, it's Lineburg.

Lineburg, 80, opened Leon's Triple L Restaurant and Lounge on East Drive in the late 1950s and has watched several decades worth of parades pass in front of his storefront.

"I've been here 54 years and I was born across the street," Lineburg said from his restaurant last week. "Ever since I can remember, I've been involved in the parade one or another."

Lineburg's involvement in the parade has generally been that of a spectator, though as he has never marched in the parade, he said.

Over the years, Lineburg said he has noticed that the number of marching units has dropped and that the more recent parades rely on fire engines and musical ensembles.

"They got some groups of drum majorettes that really go at it," Lineburg said.

"Other than that I don't see too much change in it. It's sort of repetitious," Lineburg said. "It's always good."

Lineburg said he keeps his restaurant open for a few hours after the conclusion of the parade and usually hosts some of the dozens of people who marched.

The Washington Scottish Pipe Band, a participant in the Arbutus parade for more than 30 years, has made stopping at Lineburg's restaurant a tradition.

Lineburg calls the spread of roast beef, hot dogs, cold cuts, cole slaw, potato salad, soda and "other libations" a snack for the band members.

"They're a bunch of nice guys," Lineburg said. "Once they get done, we close up."

Though the participants in the parade have changed over the years, one thing has remained the same.

"It's something to look forward to every year," Lineburg said. "That thing is very good for the day."

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