The City suffered a great disappointment when we learned that our contracted vendor, Pyro Spectacular, made the decision not to perform a 4th of July fireworks show due to concerns over the new Permit requirements set forth by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board and the potential for administrative or legal action for non-compliance.
After Interim Fire Chief Butler appeared on KNX 1070 to share the City’s predicament, he was contacted by Sky Elements, a well-known aerial drone shows producer, that has worked with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the NCAA Men’s Final Four and numerous other high-profile customers in the sports and entertainment industries.
The City was able to develop a proposed contract that was approved at a June 29, 2023 Special Meeting of the City Council. Sky Elements will produce a 200 drone 4th of July program over the Waterfront. The program will launch at approximately 9:00pm and run for 9-minutes. The show will feature patriotic imagery set to popular American standards that can be heard via radio broadcast or YouTube live stream. The show will be visible from Portofino to Veterans Park, and Seaside Lagoon will re-open at 8:30 for those wishing to view the show from there. Music can be streamed through YouTube at https://youtu.be/T4ioFWUdebM
See the PDF below for more details.