Drone show lights up Collier County sky as hundreds celebrate 4th of July

Author: Camila Pereira Writer: Elyssa Morataya
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Collier County stepped up its game this 4th of July weekend with its first large-scale drone show at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex.

Rather than seeing dozens of fireworks go up in the air, patriotic animations lit up the sky in sync with 300 drones.

It’s one of the first large-scale Independence Day drone shows in Collier County, all done to ensure a safe and clean Fourth of July weekend celebration for our pets, our environment, and our people.

Thousands of people turned out for Saturday’s free show.

“My first time seeing it up close. My whole life, I’ve been wanting to see drones, and it’s the birthday of the United States,” said Carmelo Milden.

“It’s great to see so many people from the community come out to our wonderful venue and to have such cutting-edge technology to celebrate Independence Day,” said Adrian Moses, General Manager of Paradise Coast Sports Complex.

This is something that takes time and practice to execute, but less than traditional fireworks.

“[The drones] completely lit and they are all handled by GPS so they can make intricate patterns,” said J.P. Terrasi, Marketing Coordinator for the Paradise Coast Sports Complex.

Many of the children in attendance said they could not wait to see the modern twist on the traditional fireworks display again next year.

“Happy Birthday America!” exclaimed the children.

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