The city of Aspen will forgo traditional Fourth of July fireworks this year in favor of a drone light show.
Amid high fire danger, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association is working with the Great Lakes Drone Co. to bring a light show to the town, said ACRA’s Melissa Wisenbaker on Monday.
“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 begins at 9:15 on the Fourth of July and is set to last 10 to 15 minutes, roughly the length of a traditional fireworks show. Wisenbaker said that 50 drones will “light up the sky” and fly around to create patriotic shapes to patriotic music.
A similar show was notably featured at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Wisenbaker said that it’s possible that drone shows will be a common alternative for fireworks going forward, given Colorado’s consistent fire danger during the summers.
The drone show is one of two new events set for the Aspen Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration. The second is a block party put on by the ACRA and the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department, which will run from 6 to 9 p.m. and act as a fundraiser for the fire department.
Highlights of the rest of the day’s activities include the Boogie’s Buddy Race, a kids bicycle decoration and carnival, the parade, an Aspen Music Festival and School concert, and the Theatre Aspen performance of “Ragtime.”
For more information, visit www.aspenchamber.org/events/acra-annual-events/old-fashioned-4th-july.