Sky Elements Drone Shows set a Guinness World Record for its Fourth of July drone show in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. Sky Elements Drone Shows produced 40 shows during the extended holiday weekend using more than LED-equipped 10,000 drones, including 1,002 just at the show in Texas.
The show near Dallas set the record for the largest aerial sentence formed by multirotor drones and the 10-minute display illustrated critical moments in American history through precisely choreographed movements.
Fourth of July festivities are often known for brilliant fireworks displays, but LED drones have been growing in popularity as a safer, greener alternative to traditional pyrotechnics. Unlike fireworks, drone shows do not produce potentially harmful smoke and chemical residue, and they do not require using explosives, which come with associated risks.
As the record-breaking show in Texas demonstrates, drone shows also allow for sophisticated displays that fireworks cannot match. Some shows, including the one in Texas, combine drones with traditional pyrotechnics. Some photographers have also combined drones and pyrotechnics to create incredible photos.
Sky Elements Drone Shows broke its own record for the most drone shows in one weekend, signaling a larger shift away from fireworks throughout the United States. As CBS News reports, some major cities eschewed pyrotechnics for drones, including Salt Lake City, Boulder, and Lake Tahoe.
“Drones have the potential to emerge as a favored alternative to fireworks due to their eco-friendliness, customizability, and reduced noise pollution. While fireworks will likely continue as a traditional form of celebration, drone light shows offer a modern and innovative option for event organizers seeking a more sustainable and adaptable form of entertainment,” Sky Elements writes on its website.
Of course, as PetaPixel explains, there are some risks associated with drone shows, including falling drones and personal injury. Granted, a tumbling drone is less hazardous than a wayward firework.
Sky Elements has been busy so far in 2023, having delivered exciting drone shows for the NCAA Men’s Final Four, the opening weekend for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the 65th Grammy Awards. A complete list of the company’s impressive drone shows is available on the Sky Elements website.
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