The City of Aspen will forgo its traditional fireworks in favor of a drone light show

ASPEN, Colo. — In this mountain enclave, the excitement up in the sky this July 4th will be courtesy of something other than fireworks.

The City of Aspen plans to forgo its traditional Fourth of July fireworks celebration in 2018 in favor of a drone light show.

Due in part to high fire danger concerns, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association is working with the Great Lakes Drone Co. to bring a light show to the town, association representative Melissa Wisenbaker told the .

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“We wanted something to have as an alternative,” she said. “We have events during the day, and we wanted something nice for families at night.”

The show will last 10 to 15 minutes, roughly the length of a traditional fireworks show, the paper reported. Wisenbaker said that 50 drones will light up the sky and fly around to create patriotic shapes to patriotic music.

A similar show was a key part of the Opening Ceremonies at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Wisenbaker told the paper that it’s possible that drone shows will be a common alternative for fireworks going forward, especially given Colorado’s consistent fire danger during the summers.

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