Crowds flock to Lone Tree for fireworks-free Fourth of July bash

No date yet set for rescheduling of display

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Despite the cancellation of the fireworks display, crowds flocked to the City of Lone Tree’s 2013 Independence Day celebration at Sweetwater Park.

Highlights included nine booths of face painters, caricature and temporary tattoo artists, 10 food trucks, water balls, bungee trampolines, inflatables, a petting zoo, zip line, bicycle stunt team and two bands.

Though a formal count wasn’t conducted, city staffers believe about 9,000 people dropped into the park on the Fourth of July. Lone Tree’s celebration is limited to residents of the city and Acres Green, and city-distributed wristbands are required for admission.

“Even after the announcement the fireworks were going to be postponed, we still had streams of people coming into the arts center to pick (wristbands) up before the event,” said Lone Tree Arts Center executive director Lisa Rigsby Peterson, whose staff coordinates the city’s special events. “The best we can say is that of those 9,000, most of them came to the park at some point during the afternoon or evening.”

City officials haven’t yet decided when they’ll set off the fireworks. Last year, fire danger also canceled the traditional display, which was held instead on Labor Day.  

“We have until the 31st of December to reschedule them,” Peterson said. “We'll be meeting over the next couple weeks to figure which date works best for the city. It'll be an enjoyable evening and a really great fireworks display.”