Hundreds celebrate Fourth of July by participating in Lone Tree’s family ride and stroll event

The event kicked off a series of Fourth of July celebrations in Lone Tree, including a large fireworks display

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Dressed in a red and blue tie-dyed shirt and star-patterned blue shorts, 9-year-old Zeva Baah excitedly prepared for one of her favorite Independence Day celebrations: Lone Tree’s “4th of July Family Fun Ride and Stroll” event. 

“We just came last year, and I loved it. We had so much fun,” said Zeva’s mom, Melanie Baah. 

Baah and Zeva, who live in Highlands Ranch, were among hundreds of people, spanning from young children to older adults, who arrived at Lone Tree Elementary School the morning of July 4 to collect a complimentary bag of decorations to place on their bikes, scooters, wagons, strollers and more before embarking on roughly 1-mile journey to Prairie Sky Park. It was the first of a series of events the City of Lone Tree hosted to celebrate the holiday. 

The Baah family brought a black and pink scooter, each dawning star decorations, and placed extra decorations on themselves. Baah described the event as a well-organized and fun community parade. It fits in well with some of the newer holiday traditions the Baah family did, such as having a barbeque and making a Fourth of July-themed cake.

“That’s what it means to me — just spending time with family and friends, being able to relax in the summertime,” Baah said about the holiday’s meaning. “Other than Christmas, I think it’s our favorite holiday.”

Music played as families gathered on the field at Lone Tree Elementary School, where attendees could also visit two police officers mounted on horses. Nearby the horses were Erin Ready’s daughters, 8-year-old Brynn and 5-year-old Kellyn.

Like the Baah family, Ready's family returned to this year’s event after attending last year. She most looked forward to seeing friends and family and doing traditions with her children.

“It’s fun — they call it, ‘red, white and blue day,’” Ready said. “We just love the City of Lone Tree. They provide so many fun activities for families, just bringing the community together, so it’s fun. We always run into tons of people we know.”

Ready, a friend of city council member Marissa Harmon who was also at the event, has lived in Lone Tree for eight years, she said. Having previously worked as a Douglas County teacher 11 years prior, Ready will be joining the Lone Tree Elementary School staff this fall as a kindergarten teacher. 

When asked what the holiday represented to her, Ready said, “Obviously celebrating our amazing country. We’re so thankful we get to live here. But I think, too, just the memories and traditions that you create year after year. And they last a lifetime.” 

After about 30 minutes of decorating, the family ride and stroll commenced. An estimated 350 people made their way towards Prairie Sky Park, said Nate Jones, the city’s communications director, in an email July 5.  

The park was set up for Lone Tree’s next celebratory event, the “Family Fun Park” event, which featured large inflatables, food trucks, a craft station and other interactive activities. Decorated scooters and bikes surrounded the park as attendees, who had to register for the event in advance, entered the park. 

Although other municipalities such as Castle Rock, Lakewood, Golden and Englewood canceled their firework shows, Lone Tree hosted an approximate 15-minute firework display the night of July 4. The show was visible in multiple Lone Tree locations, including Prairie Sky Park, Lone Tree Elementary School and Promenade Park. 

Jones said Lone Tree’s events manager thinks that the number of people viewing the fireworks in and around Prairie Sky Park was higher this year than previous years, estimating that there were between 7,000 and 8,000 people in comparison to the average 5,000 to 6,000. 

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