Napa Embraces Tech Innovation with Massive Drone Show Instead of Fireworks for Fourth of July Celebration

Napa Embraces Tech Innovation with Massive Drone Show Instead of Fireworks for Fourth of July Celebration

This year, fireworks might still light up many Bay Area skies, but Napa is trying something new.

Instead of the usual pyrotechnics, this North Bay city is going green and tech-savvy with an impressive drone show.

On Thursday, Napa will light up the night with 400 drones soaring over Oxbow Commons, a downtown park along the Napa River.

These drones, choreographed to music, will create a stunning visual display.

You can even stream the accompanying soundtrack through a YouTube video on your phone, making it a fully immersive experience.

The mastermind behind this show is Sky Elements, a Texas-based company known for its drone performances at big events like America’s Got Talent, Major League Baseball games, and the Rose Bowl.

Their expertise ensures Napa’s event will be nothing short of spectacular.

Sustainable Celebration

Napa’s drone show is set to be the largest in Northern California this Fourth of July.

With a price tag of $113,751, the project has received backing from Napa Hotels & Inns, a group that promotes tourism and has previously sponsored the city’s fireworks displays.

This shift to drones reflects the Napa City Council’s commitment to environmentally friendly projects.

Safety and Community Concerns

The decision to move away from traditional fireworks was influenced by safety and health concerns, especially in a region frequently threatened by wildfires.

Community members also voiced worries about pollution, the impact of fireworks on pets, and the adverse effects on veterans and others sensitive to loud noises.

A New Tradition Begins

Mayor Scott Sedgley expressed his excitement about the new drone show, highlighting its alignment with Napa’s climate action goals and its inclusivity for all residents, including pets and veterans.

The event aims to offer a safe, enjoyable, and innovative celebration for everyone.

Event Details

Napa’s Fourth of July festivities at Oxbow Commons kick off at 3 p.m.

with live music, a food and drink court, a kids’ play area, and carnival games.

The drone show will begin at 9:30 p.m. For more details, visit [Napa Community Events](http://www.cityofnapa.org/395/Community-Events).

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