Inaugural Drone Show at Tahoe awes Incline Village, Crystal Bay Communities

About 5,000 people showed up to watch the first drone show.
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – More than 5,000 spectators enjoyed Lake Tahoe’s first SkyShow this Independence Day as 200 drones lit up the night sky with scenic Sierra scenes and patriotic lightscapes in red, white and blue.

Event organizers envisioned a new and innovative approach to the 4th of July festivities, one that replaced traditional pyrotechnic fireworks and prioritized community safety, inclusivity and reducing harm. environmental risks posed by drought and hot temperatures.

Working closely with Verge Aero drone experts, meteorologists, and the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, it was clear that despite initial weather concerns, the show would not be canceled.

About 200 drones were used for the show.
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“Safety has always been our first priority, which is why we selected one of the best drone companies in the country to host our show,” said Andy Chapman, President and CEO of Visitors Bureau. Incline Village Crystal Bay. “Their team of experts – from pilot to crew – and superior technology kept the show running and we are proud to have worked in conjunction with local businesses and community stakeholders to bring this event to Incline Village and Crystal Bay.”

The Incline Village Crystal Bay July 4 SkyShow was a joint effort between the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau, the Incline Village General Improvement District, the Incline Village Crystal Bay Community and Business Association , the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and the Parasol Foundation. To date, the community has raised $110,000 to cover the cost of the show, including the cost of drones and entertainment vendors, fire and sheriff contracts, and permit fees. Donations are always accepted and more information on how to contribute can be found at The SkyShow was part of a larger 4th of July celebration that included a traditional parade, beer garden and food trucks, ending with two “SkyShow” drone performances and a laser light show. No medical or security incidents were reported.

“We will continue to develop year-round programs that align with stewardship principles and lead the region with thoughtful and sustainable practices,” Chapman continued. “Our collective view is that we continuously prioritize and embrace destination experiences that support a vibrant economy and our most vital asset, the land.”

An estimated 19,500 fires were started by fireworks in 2018. National Fire Protection Association. Nearly 30% of fires caused by fireworks are started on July 4, based on annual averages from 2014 to 2018.

“The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District is here to protect and assist our community. With this, we support the pivot to a safer celebration schedule for the 4th of July holiday with the Incline Village Crystal Bay SkyShow,” said Ryan Sommers, Fire Chief for the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District. “As we have all experienced and witnessed the effects of the Caldor fire, we know there is no fire season, it is all year round; we must be vigilant with our fire prevention measures not only during the summer months, but throughout the year.

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