Go Fourth and celebrate at parade, Heritage Day

July 1, 2014

By Peter Clark

From history lessons to soccer, Issaquah will have many opportunities for those wanting to celebrate America this Fourth of July.

While the events will largely resemble last year’s, organizers hope the tried-and-true celebrations will offer the same level of community involvement and entertainment. Both the Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day will take place in downtown.

The Swedish Hospital Kids ‘n Pets Parade will kick off the day, beginning at 11 a.m. It will wind its way down Front Street North and East Sunset Way before ending at Veterans’ Memorial Field.

“We will have a lot of the traditional favorites come back,” Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Director of Festivals Robin Kelley said.

The parade will feature many four-legged friends, and decorated bikes and wagons. Kelley invited residents to cheer on parade participants or sign up and take part. Day-of registration for the parade begins at 10 a.m. Those interested can sign up beforehand at the event’s website or send in their entry blank from The Issaquah Press.

“It’s like their day,” Kelley said about kids in the parade. “It’s just all kids and it’s only bikes and wagons. They decorate their dogs and their cats and guinea pigs and snakes — we’ve seen a lot over the years.”

Road closures

It would be hard to have a parade without closing any roads. The following roads are closed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 4:

  • Front Street North from Northwest Gilman Boulevard to East Sunset Way
  • Rainier Boulevard North from Northwest Dogwood Street to Northwest Juniper Street
  • East Sunset Way from Front Street North to Second Avenue Southeast
  • Front Street South from East Sunset Way to Newport Way Southwest.

The parade will serve as the beginning of the day’s festivities. Down Home 4th will also offer inflatables, games, races, music and a pie-eating contest.

Kelley said there would be a few changes this year in terms of post-parade entertainment.

“We won’t have pony rides this year,” she said. “Our ponies are retiring and they’re taking the Fourth of July off.”

The 13th annual Heritage Day will begin immediately after the parade in and around the historic Train Depot. There, the Issaquah History Museums will host a number of stations that highlight an old-fashioned way of life.

“We will have several different activities, some that your grandparents might have used and some that laid the foundation for how we do some things “ Issaquah History Museums programs coordinator Lissa Kramer said. “It’s a little bit of both, but mostly it’s just trying to show something that’s a little different.”

She said there would be a farming station, a dress-up photography station, the return of the “pump car” on the train tracks and a station where you can make your own shingles.

Some of the more popular stations will also see a comeback. Kramer listed the laundry station as one, complete with a washboard and mangle.

“Doing laundry the old fashioned way is more fun,” she said.

The butter-making station will also return by popular demand.

“We keep bringing it back because people keep wanting to make butter,” Kramer said.

Heritage Day’s popularity brings it back for a 13th year. Kramer said there are always many people who stay after the parade and enjoy the activities.

“It’s the one event where we get the highest number of participants,” she said.

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Issaquah History Museums team up to bring together the slate of free, family friendly activities.

Kramer also thanked the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah for sponsoring the day.

Just in time for the World Cup, the Issaquah Soccer Club will host a soccer exhibition match between the two semi-pro Seattle Sounders feeder teams, the Puget Sound Gunners and U-23 Seattle Sounders. The match will take place at 4 p.m. at Issaquah High School. Tickets, $10 for those 18 and older and $5 for kids, can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or at Issaquah High School.

After the sun sets, residents can again head to Fourth on the Plateau for the annual fireworks display. It’s set to kick off at 10 p.m.

The fireworks will be launched from the same place as usual, at least this year, said Joanna Martin, recreation supervisor for the city of Sammamish. The launch area is in the early phases of construction for the community center, but should still work.

Due to a city ban adopted in 1993, fireworks are prohibited without a license in Issaquah, including sparklers, cones, fountains and Roman candles.

Should residents choose to drive to Sammamish, plan on plenty of time to get back, since parking is always a challenge. Parking at City Hall is restricted to handicapped only. The three closest lots to City Hall — Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church and Skyline High School — all have parking available for $5.

Parking is also available at Eastlake High School, Eastside Catholic High School, Discovery Elementary School, Pine Lake Park, the Sammamish Park & Ride and Pine Lake Covenant Church. There will not be a shuttle running from the satellite lots.

Choose your lot carefully. The city will impose left-turn restrictions on 228th Avenue from 5:30-11 p.m. between Southeast Fourth and Southeast 20th streets.

Sammamish Review Editor Ari Cetron contributed to this story.

 

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