It was another sold-out year for Lone tree's Independence Day celebration as roughly 10,000 people filled Sweetwater Park for the city's annual festival.
The afternoon kicked off with a children's bike parade. Families arrived early to decorate …
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It was another sold-out year for Lone Tree's Independence Day celebration as roughly 10,000 people filled Sweetwater Park for the city's annual festival.The afternoon kicked off with a children's bike parade. Families arrived early to decorate bikes and then travel down Lone Tree Parkway into Sweetwater Park. At the end of the parade route, the kids and their parents were met with dozens of attractions and performances, including nine varieties of inflatables.Gravity Play provided nearly a dozen attractions, and two big hits with the kids were scaling the 32-foot portable climbing wall and cooling off in the foam pit, an inflatable pool filled with bubbles.Lone Tree resident Cherie Bredil said she has been coming to the annual event for four years, and this year she and her family staked out their spot in Sweetwater Park four hours ahead of the official start to the festivities.“It's a great way to spend time with family,” she said. “And the fireworks are great.”Another crowd pleaser was the Yellow Designs BMX stunt team. Lone Tree local Zack Lewis has been performing with the team since 2000, and he and his fellow riders thrilled the crowd with team bike-dancing and aerial stunts.After visitors worked up an appetite, they could choose among food trucks offering a range of menus for just about every taste, with BTO Frozen Yogurt and Kona Ice for dessert.On the stage, the 101st Army Rock Band started things off with classic rock and pops songs. The Army Rock Band is part of the Colorado Army National Guard 101st Army Band based out of Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.When the unit's 35 members are not playing for official ceremonies, they break into smaller groups for other public performances including a Dixieland jazz band, country-western band and wind ensembleThe Army Rock Band was followed up by headliner Funkiphino, which is billed as “the 13-piece funk sensation.” The band featured a variety of funk along with contemporary rhythm and blues.Wrapping up the evening was a fireworks display choreographed to a recorded medley of patriotic music.
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