Independence Day celebration will go on

Lone Tree event to continue, with or without fireworks

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The show will go on in Lone Tree July 4, with or without fireworks. The City of Lone Tree has not decided yet whether it will cancel its annual display, but the other planned events at Sweetwater Park will be held regardless.

“It’s a tough decision,” special events coordinator Lesley Johnson said. “The fireworks company is comfortable with moving forward, but we want to make the right decision. It will be a great event no matter what.”

Highlands Ranch Community Association decided June 21 to postpone its display until the Oktoberfest celebration on Sept 21. Lone Tree joined most communities statewide in 2012, canceling its holiday fireworks and instead holding a separate celebration on Labor Day.

The Liberty Dash 5K run/walk, sponsored by the Lone Tree Chamber of Commerce, starts the day with 7:30 a.m. registration, an 8:30 a.m. 1K fun run for kids and the 9 a.m. 5K in Sweetwater Park. Admission is $25 with discounts for seniors and other groups. To register or find more information, visit www.lonetreechamber.com.

The 17th annual Independence Day Celebration begins at 3 p.m. with children’s bicycle decorating at the entrance to Club Terrace Drive, followed by a 4 p.m. bicycle parade down Lone Tree Parkway and Sweetwater Road, ending at Sweetwater Park.

The park festivities kick off at 4 p.m. and include face painters, caricature artists, inflatables, a zip line, water balls, a juggler, food trucks and live music.

The Steve Thomas Band, an ’80s cover band, will take the stage at 4 p.m., followed by rock variety band Raising Cain at 7 p.m.

The fireworks display currently is set for about 9:30 p.m. If the fireworks are canceled, Johnson said Raising Cain likely will extend its performance until 10 p.m.

Lone Tree’s celebration is limited to Lone Tree and Acres Green residents and their guests. City-provided wristbands are required for admission. Wristbands may be picked up at the Lone Tree Arts Center during box office hours through June 29.

For more information, visit www.cityoflonetree.com.

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