Fireworks, parade await Issaquah on Independence Day
June 28, 2011
On Independence Day, Issaquah residents can head downtown for the annual parade, churn butter at the Train Depot Museum, participate in a slug race or drive to Sammamish for the annual plateau celebration.
|Practice fireworks safety
King County fire officials remind Independence Day revelers to use caution if they plan to discharge fireworks to celebrate the holiday.
Use only approved, legal and common fireworks from reliable state- and King County Fire Marshal-licensed retailers.
Remember: If a firework has a stick or fins, and if it goes up or if it blows up, it is illegal in Washington.
Celebrants should always have a responsible adult light all fireworks, and avoid aerial fireworks. Use eye protection, too.
Have a garden hose or a fire extinguisher handy during fireworks-related activities.
Use fireworks under outdoor conditions only, away from buildings, wood-shingled houses, trees and dry fields.
Light one item at a time, move away quickly and keep a safe distance away. Dispose of used fireworks by first soaking them in water.
If a firework does not light or discharge, adults should wait at least five minutes before approaching the device.
In Issaquah, discharging fireworks is banned on Independence Day and the rest of the year. Usually, Issaquah Police Department officers issue a verbal warning for fireworks and confiscate them for a first offense. If police catch revelers putting off fireworks again, a citation is issued.
Residents in unincorporated King County communities, such as Klahanie and Mirrormont, face looser rules, but some restrictions apply:
Fireworks can be discharged only from 9 a.m. to midnight. July 4.
Fireworks sales remain legal only between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. through July 4, and no sales can occur after Independence Day.
People must be at least 16 and present a form of photo identification in order to purchase fireworks.
The annual Down Home Fourth of July begins with the Kids, Pets N’ Pride Parade at 11 a.m. at Rainier Boulevard North, at the intersection of Northwest Dogwood Street and Front Street North.
The parade is free, but participants must fill out a form before they begin marching. Paradegoers can find the form online, or in The Issaquah Press. Registrants also can sign up the day of the event at 10 a.m. July 4 at 425 Rainier Blvd. N.
After the parade, families can plays games at Veterans’ Memorial Field and learn about Issaquah’s history from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Issaquah Train Depot Museum’s Heritage Day celebration, 50 Rainier Boulevard N.
On Veterans’ Memorial Field, children can enter potato sack, slug and three-legged races, go for pony rides and have their faces painted.
At the depot, children can get free passports and collect stamps as they visit different stations to do old-time activities, including splitting a cedar shingle, using homemade soap to scrub clothes, dressing in historic garb and whipping cream into butter. Other activities include operating an historic pump car and trying out an historic stump puller.
“I’m always a big fan of the butter, because nothing tastes quite so good as butter that you made yourself,” Museums Director Erica Maniez said.
The depot still needs volunteers. Call 392-3500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Once the sky darkens, Issaquah residents can flock to Sammamish for the annual fireworks show and carnival-style gathering from 7-10 p.m. at the Sammamish Commons, near City Hall at 801 228th Ave S.E., Sammamish.
The 10 p.m. fireworks show should last between 20 and 25 minutes.
“Hopefully this year there’ll be sun,” said Joanna Puthoff, Sammamish’s facility coordinator. “As rainy as it was last year, we actually had a good amount of people show up. The plaza still ended up packed.”
The children’s play area will feature pay-to-play bouncy toys, carnival-style games and activities put on by Skyhawks Sports Camps. The celebration is located on the far end of the lower commons, but is accessible via 222nd Place Southeast.
In addition to the main fireworks event, dozens of vendors will offer food and goodies, like ice cream, elephant ears, burgers, hot dogs, kettle corn, Thai food, barbecue and smoothies. The stage on the plaza will feature music from The Pop Offs from 6-8 p.m. and Dance Factory from 8-10:15 p.m.
Parking is free at Eastside Catholic School, Eastlake High School, Discovery Elementary School, Sammamish Highlands Shopping Center, Pine Lake Park and the Sammamish Park & Ride. Parking closer to Sammamish Commons is $5 at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Skyline High School and Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church.
“Come out and be with the people you live around,” Puthoff said. “Out of all the different shows I’ve seen in my life … it’s a great show.”
Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or email@example.com. Chris Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.