Lone Tree joined other metro-area communities June 27 in canceling its fireworks display. The rest of its Independence Day celebration in Sweetwater Park will continue, with the second band, Raising Cain, playing longer in lieu of the fireworks.
Douglas County and the City of Lone Tree recently enacted Stage 2 fire restrictions, which prohibit the use of fireworks. That left the city no choice, Mayor Jim Gunning said.
“It’s very disappointing,” he said. “I think fireworks is a big part of the celebration for every community, and especially a core part of ours because of the low-altitude show.”
Gunning doesn’t know yet if Lone Tree will reschedule the display to Labor Day, as it did in 2012 when wildfires and fire danger also canceled the traditional show. The city hired a band for the September 2012 event, topping off the evening with the display.
“Lots of people were very happy with the Labor Day party,” Gunning said. “It was really a big success.”