Fourth of July Drone Shows Replace Fireworks Across the US

Drone technology is quickly becoming a new way to celebrate Independence Day

Liz Hughes, Editor, IoT World Today

July 2, 2024

2 Min Read
Sky Elements Drone Show's space man with flag made out of drones.
Sky Elements Drone Show

Skies above cities and towns across the nation will once again light up for the Fourth of July, but in many areas, fireworks are being replaced by drones. 

Drone shows have spiked in popularity over the past couple of years with impressive shows everywhere. Last year alone, they helped ring in the queen’s jubilee and the king’s coronation

They were breaking Guinness World Records and helping a Texas family win the “Great Christmas Light Fight.”

Even Disney cashed in on the action, launching its new drone show “Disney Dreams That Soar” in the sky over Disney Springs in May.

And now Fourth of July Festivities across the U.S. are following suit. 

Sky Elements has 35 public Fourth of July drone shows on deck this year all over the country. The company’s drone shows are scheduled to feature between 100 and 500 drones and are set for the skies from Florida to Washington State. 

The company’s founders, who come from a fireworks background, say drone shows are surging in popularity because they are the “perfect alternative to events that cannot host firework shows due to burn bans. States like New Mexico, Colorado and California will be flying drone shows in lieu of fireworks as a viable, fire-safe alternative.” 

Not only are drone shows safer, they are also more environmentally friendly and don’t leave any debris to clean up after the show. 

Related:Disney New Drone Show Soars Over Disney Springs

And while lots of cities and towns are moving away from fireworks to drone shows, some are doing a little of both.

At Sky Element’s Let Freedom Sing drone show in Nashville, 40,000 pounds of pyrotechnics are planned to fire during the show, all synchronized to music.

About the Author(s)

Liz Hughes

Editor, IoT World Today, IoT World Today

Liz Hughes is an award-winning digital media editor with more than two decades of experience in newspaper, magazine and online media industries. 

A proven digital media strategist and editor, Liz has produced content and offered editorial support and leadership for a variety of web publications, including Fast Company, NBC Boston, Street Fight, QuinStreet, WTWH Media, AOL/Patch Media and Design News.

A skilled social media strategist experienced in developing and maintaining an audience across multiple platforms and brands, Liz also enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise to help businesses small and large.

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