Drone Show in Arizona to Replace Traditional Fireworks on the Fourth of July

July 4, 2018 Last Updated: July 6, 2018

With wildfires raging across various areas across the western United States, some cities are opting to cancel their Fourth of July fireworks displays. However, one Arizona town has a unique solution: a show with drones.

“We house the firefighters that fight all those big blazes north of us, so we understand the seriousness of the fire ban,” said Kevin Kelly, CEO of Civana Carefree Resort.

The Civana Carefree Resort is to offer its first light show with drones this year. The show will consist of 30 in response to the cancelation of the annual fireworks show due to the fire bans.

“To the best of our knowledge, this is one of the first in our country, first in the southwest, specifically Arizona, because the technology is relatively new for entertainment and our company,” said Kelly.

According to a report by the National Weather Service, the fire danger will continue to increase due to the droughts across Northern Arizona.

Most residents are looking forward to the drone show. “I think the drone light show is an excellent idea. I saw it on the Olympics and I thought it was amazing,” said one resident.

Since these drones don’t make loud noises, they are a good alternative to fireworks. “A lot better for animals and veterans who have PTSD,” said the resident.

The lights show is set for July 4 at 8:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. at the Civana Carefree Resort. For more information on the drone show, visit the event website.