City celebrates 4th of July

June 30, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and so are the festivities.

From the Heritage Day Parade to Providence Point’s annual barbecue, you can stay busy in Issaquah all day long.

But remember, when it comes to private events, you need a city permit to use or possess fireworks, since they are banned within city limits. Issaquah’s fireworks ban includes things like sparklers, cones, fountains and roman candles. Anyone caught in possession of or caught using fireworks will be cited. The city passed the ban in 1993.

But Issaquah isn’t the only local city to do so. Sammamish, Redmond, Bellevue and Renton all ban fireworks as well. However, fireworks are not banned in unincorporated King County, which includes areas south of downtown Issaquah on Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, areas in the Renton Highlands near Liberty High School, or the neighborhood of Klahanie.

For those residents, fireworks can be discharged from 9 a.m. – midnight July 4. Other nearby cities that allow fireworks July 4 are Mercer Island, Newcastle, North Bend and Snoqualmie.

If you’re not planning to head out of town, you might want to try one of six great events in town:

Issaquah’s Down Home Fourth of July Celebration and Heritage Festival (Historic downtown Issaquah along Front Street)

Kids, pets and pie rule at Issaquah’s Down Home Fourth of July Celebration and Heritage Festival. Travel along the streets of historic downtown Issaquah and you’re sure to get an eyeful of patriotic pride.

“It’s truly a community-based celebration,” said Robin Kelley, director for the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Festivals Office. “We live in this incredible place. We want to make sure we are all out there celebrating it and this wonderful nation we live in.”

Kick off your day at the Kids, Pets ‘n’ Pride Parade, which starts at Rainier Avenue and Northwest Dogwood Street at 11 a.m. and ends at about 1 p.m. Then, wander up and down Front Street, where you’ll find a plethora of hands-on activities, like an old-fashioned butter churning station, games, pony rides and live entertainment. The day ends at 2 p.m.

The celebration is presented by the city, the Issaquah Arts Commission, Issaquah History Museums and chamber of commerce. The following roads will be closed for the parade from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.:

Front Street North from Northwest Gilman Boulevard to East Sunset Way

East Sunset Way from Front Street to Second Avenue Southeast

Front Street South from East Sunset Way to Newport Way Southwest

Providence Point (4130 Providence Point Drive S.E.)

Providence Point residents, their family and guests will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their community and the Fourth of July with one celebration extravaganza.

The party starts with an old-fashioned barbecue, with hot dogs and potato salad, at noon. Music by Jim McKay and Friends and games, like tennis, horseshoes and a putting contest, will run until 5 p.m.

Residents who moved to the community between 1984 and 1986 and have lived there since can attend for free. All other residents and their guests are $5 until July 1. After July 1, the price for tickets is $7 each.

Issaquah Christian Church (10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E.)

Purchase your fireworks here and know your money is going to a good cause.

You can purchase fireworks from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. every day until July 4. Church members sell fireworks on the property each year. The proceeds support several missions throughout the year, including one group in Mexico that is building homes.

“I think what is important is that it is a positive thing that takes place with our missions. One happens to be a group of 30 teens and adults, who are in Mexico now building homes, that will come home this weekend,” said Jim Rockstad, a parishioner and organizer of the church’s stand and Freedom Day Celebration. “By buying fireworks, if you’re going to be celebrating on the Fourth in this wonderful America we’re in, buy at Issaquah Community Church, because it’s cheaper — there is no sales tax, because it is going to missions.”

The church’s Freedom Day Celebration is from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. July 4 with free hot dogs and a classic car show, including a 1934 Ford three-window coupe with a 355-cubic-inch V-8. There will also be plenty of food and live music.

Issaquah Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1100 Sixth Ave. S.E.)

The church is hosting its 50th anniversary Fourth of July Celebration beginning at 8 a.m.

State Attorney General Rob McKenna and Mayor Ava Frisinger will attend a flag-raising ceremony. The two women who began the ceremony 50 years ago will raise the flag. There will be hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls, as well as a quartet ensemble that will perform “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Each family that attends is asked to bring one dozen of their favorite cinnamon rolls.

Farmers Market (Pickering Barn 1730 10th Ave N.W.)

Beginning at 9 a.m., the Issaquah Farmers Market at Pickering Barn will kick off the Fourth of July with music, local goods and entertainment. A cherry-seed spitting contest will begin at 11 a.m. and berry sundaes are available while supplies last.

Fourth on the Plateau (Sammamish Commons, 801 228th Ave. S.E.)

While the city of Issaquah doesn’t sponsor a fireworks display, there is one you can attend at the Sammamish Commons in Sammamish. The city’s Fourth on the Plateau begins at 6 p.m. with activities for children, food, and live music by Shelley and the Curves and Experimental Reality. Stay to enjoy the fireworks when the sun goes down.

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One Response to “City celebrates 4th of July”

  1. Lifetime Resident on July 1st, 2009 1:19 pm

    Traffic around here is horrific enough without blocking off critical roads, FOR WHAT? To celebrate ponies and pie?

    I have personally waited too many years for the city to get a grip and host a July 4th fireworks display after outlawing the true American tradition of family fireworks.

    As a child, this community enjoyed the freedom of our own fireworks at home. We always finished in time for the sky to light up with the professional fireworks at the Airport, now Costco. (Thank You, former Mayor Culver for clearing a path for your developer friends to pave every last blade of grass in town…)

    It is shameful the City does not allow the citizens the personal freedom to light off fireworks without providing a safe, professional display.

    I am deeply disgusted and intend to spend my money and time elsewhere. This year, my family will pack up our pie and ride our pony to Bellevue to enjoy the freedom of FIREWORKS.

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