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Salt Lake City to produce drone shows as a safe and sustainable alternative to fireworks

Salt Lake City—Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced on Tuesday the City will launch its first-ever drone shows, replacing traditional fireworks for the upcoming Independence Day and Pioneer Day celebrations. This switch to a non-firework event comes as a proactive effort to combat the city’s high fire danger and to alleviate local air quality concerns which arise from traditional fireworks.

“As temperatures rise and fire danger increases, we must be conscientious of both our air quality and the potential for wildfires,” Mendenhall said. “The summer holiday shows are a mainstay for Salt Lakers and we’re excited about adapting to new technology which will provide a safe alternative for our residents and visitors.”


With a focus on public safety and environmental stewardship, Salt Lake City recognizes the need for creative alternatives that capture the essence of celebration while prioritizing the well-being of its residents and surroundings. The introduction of drone shows promises an unforgettable experience that combines technology, artistic expression, and community togetherness.

The drone shows will take place on Saturday, July 1st at Jordan Park and Monday, July 24th at Liberty Park. The shows will begin at 10:00 PM, lasting approximately 10-15 minutes with a display of lights, choreographed formations, and aerial acrobatics.

In addition to the drone shows, there will be food trucks, live music, and ample lawn seating. The main field area at Jordan Park will provide the best seats in the house, ensuring an unobstructed view of the awe-inspiring performance.

On July 24th, Liberty Park will host a full day of celebrations, including the renowned Days of 47 Parade, marathon runners showcasing their strength and endurance, and the Uniting Communities Powwow. As the sun sets, spectators can position themselves at the top of the hill near the pond on the southeast side of the park or in the main east event area to witness the captivating drone show unfold against the night sky.

This switch to drone shows as an alternative to traditional fireworks not only guarantees a safe and environmentally friendly celebration but also demonstrates Salt Lake City’s commitment to innovation, sustainability, and the well-being of its residents. By reducing the risk of fire hazards and minimizing harmful air pollution, Salt Lake City is taking an active role in creating a healthier, greener, and more vibrant community.

The drone shows are open and welcoming to all ages, with FREE admission for everyone. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to enhance their experience and contribute to a sustainable event.

Join us as we embrace the future of celebration and witness the magic of our first-ever drone shows. Spread the word, invite your friends, and be a part of this historic moment Salt Lake City.

The media is invited to attend this event. Please visit www.slcityevents.com for more information. For ADA accommodations, please contact Salt Lake City Events at 801-535-6167.

When:            Saturday, July 1, 2023, at Jordan Park

Monday, July 24, 2023, at Liberty Park

Where:            Jordan Park

1060 S 900 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84104

Liberty Park

600 Harvey Milk Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Who:                All ages & free admission