Fourth on the Plateau this Friday

June 30, 2014

By Ari Cetron

New: June 30, 1:27 p.m.

The annual Fourth on the Plateau celebration will kick off at 6 p.m. on, of all days, July 4 at the Sammamish Commons/City Hall.
As usual, there is a wide array of activities planned for people of all ages.
Festivities kick off with the singing of the national anthem by members of Master Chorus Eastside at 6 p.m. The musical entertainment continues with Bottle Rockit playing from 6-8 p.m. followed by Shelly and the Curves from 8-10 p.m. All musical performances happen at the upper commons.
While that’s playing in the upper commons, food vendors including Panda Catering, My Chef Lynn, Big House Barbeque, the Sammamish Kiwanis and Sammamish Rotary will be selling refreshments.
In the lower commons will be the children’s play area, featuring six bouncy toys. Admission to the area costs $5, but allows unlimited access once inside. Other children’s activities will be scattered around the commons, and the lower commons play area and splash park will also be open. There will also be a smaller selection of food vendors on the lower commons, including Panda Catering, Fall City Roadhouse and Simply Kettle Corn.
The main event, the annual fireworks display, is 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.
The launch area is in the early phases of construction for the community center, but should still work this year.
The commons will be closed by 11.
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 School, Discovery Elementary School, Pine Lake Park, the Sammamish Park and 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.
Pro parking tip: volunteer. Volunteers get parking passes to the event, while supplies last, that allow them to park right at City Hall.
“It’s kind of our way to say thank you,” Martin said.
The city always needs volunteers to help the big party, which attracts thousands, to go off without a hitch.
And still more volunteers will be needed the next day for the annual fifth of July clean up. The clean up starts at 9; coffee will be provided, along with clean up supplies.
For more information, including a map of the grounds and parking areas and a link to volunteer registration, visit

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