June 29, 2010
The Fourth of July is more than a parade in Issaquah. It’s a day filled with a whole lot of flag waving. Red, white and blue streamers, and bunting and T-shirts will be in the parade of kids, their assorted pets and parents. The colors of patriotism will fly from tricycles, bicycles and wagons as the menagerie walk the length of Front Street North.
But amidst the hoopla, it’s the country’s flag that will wave as much as the people lining the street to cheer on the processional.
Old Glory will be celebrated across the land. For some, it may bring memories of war days gone by. For others, it may mean a GI Bill that paved the way for a college education. Some will be reminded of the constitutional rights guaranteed to us all — free speech and a free press, the right to bear arms, freedom of religion, the right to a speedy trial, the abolishment of slavery, women’s suffrage rights and many others.
Political hacks may get excited that election time is nearing once again, while the person seated next to them is reminded of the good effort of our U.S. athletes in world competition. Some will stand in honor of the passing flags, others will place a hand over their heart. Most will keep silent, enjoying the moment of a town and its citizens that have come together to celebrate all of the above.
The Downhome Fourth of July is an Issaquah tradition, but it’s built on an American tradition — of pride, of hope, of promise.
The parade begins at 11 a.m. Hope to see you there!