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Posted on: June 9, 2022

City fireworks to be drone-only for Independence Day celebration


The annual lightshow for the Independence Day holiday in Durango will be drone-only because of the high risk posed by fireworks during the ongoing drought.

The city had considered offering a combination of low-altitude fireworks for the celebration as well as a light show by drones. The city’s Parks and Recreation department oversees the display and cancelled the fireworks Wednesday after consultation with the Durango Fire Protection District. The cancellation is also in line with the recent city-passed fire restrictions.

“We may look at close proximity fireworks again in the future,” said Community Events Administrator Ellen Babers. “But given the current conditions we are not doing them this year.”

In place of the fireworks, drone contractor Verge Aero will produce a 125-drone show on Saturday, July 2. The city also plans to live-stream the event on Youtube.

“It’s an exciting and unique event,” said Babers. “Many big cities do drone shows but not many smaller cities. It’s good to be on the forefront of new shows. The images are exciting to see and to watch the drones fly and transform into the next formation is really cool as well.”

The city will offer maps and suggestions closer to the event on viewing areas.

For more information, contact Ellen Babers at 970-375-7325 or via email at

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