Americans Not Celebrating 4th of July?

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Salt Lake City, Utah, much like many other cities across the country are choosing to move away from traditional fireworks and towards a more high-tech solution for Independence Day. Instead of a fireworks show the city is instead going to have a drone show over the Fourth of July week. The reason for this switch is that there has been a lot of concern about fire safety and air quality in many dry areas.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced last week that the firework show for the Independence Day celebrations, and those for July 24, Pioneer Day, are going to be replaced by a drone show. This is the first time that the city has taken such an action as a way of combating the risk that comes with fireworks shows.

Mendenhall revealed that while temperatures increase there is also a heightened risk of fires breaking out. He added that both the possibility of wildfires and the damages to the air quality are something that they need to consider which is why they are excited for the ways in which this new technology can help provide a great holiday show for both residents and visitors without the risk.

Boulder, Colorado is also going to be following a similar line of action by replacing the firework show with drones. The city had previously celebrated Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast every year since 1941, however, according to their website, while it was not an easy decision, the switch to drones was necessary when they considered a number of different factors.