The City of Lone Tree is hosting its annual Independence Day Celebration on July 4, but it will be a little bit different this year. The event will be at Prairie Sky Park—9381 Crossington Way—and …
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The City of Lone Tree is hosting its annual Independence Day Celebration on July 4, but it will be a little bit different this year. The event will be at Prairie Sky Park—9381 Crossington Way—and will no longer require wristbands in an effort to accommodate all members of the community.
Allissa Dailey, Lone Tree’s event manager, discussed the difficulties of organizing the event during the pandemic, not knowing what they would be able to pull off and dealing with budgetary restrictions. The celebration is always planned a year in advance, but this year, the event was not approved until the end of April.
She said that the main focus during the planning process was to include a large firework display. The event was previously held at Sweetwater Park where there were capacity limitations due to fire safety concerns about the park being enclosed and surrounded by homes. Prairie Sky Park is open on all sides, so it is safe for anyone who wants to attend the show.
“We kind of got a little bit closer, and the governor was able to waive other restrictions,” Dailey said. “We decided to plan a concert as well, in conjunction with fireworks, so in the last probably 60 or so days, we've been able to throw together a fun community party in the park concert.”
The day’s events will begin with the 4th of July Family Fun Ride and Stroll from 10-11:15 a.m. where families will meet at Lone Tree Elementary and walk and ride to Prairie Sky Park. Free kits will be provided to decorate strollers, bikes and scooters for the one mile ride. Families will be greeted at the park with free ice cream.
Mayor Jackie Millet said, “I think it's great that we've always had the kids bike parade, but I like the idea of doing something in the morning that allows folks who may have traditions with friends and neighbors and relatives to go do their celebration in the afternoon, but they can come together for a fun ride and walk and just get out and enjoy the beautiful morning.”
She is excited that the event now involves the whole family.
A DJ will play music from 7-8 p.m. and Jakarta, a party dance band from Denver, will perform from 8-9:30 p.m. up until the fireworks begin. Propane grills are also allowed at the park, so people can have their own grill out gatherings throughout the day.
Dailey expects between 5,000 to 6,000 people to attend the celebration.
“I've been a part of this event for six years and seeing when you can't accommodate everybody, it makes you sad when there's that little kid or this one family who didn't get wristbands, and the family couldn’t come in because you do have that capacity,” Dailey said. “This is a great opportunity for us to just reach so many more of our residents and then get to celebrate the holiday.”
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