Not the same, no booms.
Via Daily Mail:
While using fireworks to mark July Fourth dates back to 1777, one US Air Force Base is set to give their display a modern twist.
Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, has been working with Intel to replace explosives with 500 drones.
In celebration of July Fourth and Travis Air Force Base’s 75th anniversary, tonight they will take to the skies in a choreographed aerial routine that honors active military and veterans.
The display will use the same Intel Shooting Star drones seen at the Superbowl and the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
‘The story of the Air Force is a story of innovation, said Col. John Klein, Travis Air Force Base installation commander.
‘With Travis in close proximity to Silicon Valley, the base strives to develop relationships and to play an active role in Northern California’s innovation ecosystem.
‘For our 75th anniversary and as a way of saying thank you for the unprecedented community support, we wanted to treat our friends and family to a special Independence Day celebration – Intel’s vision to reimagine fireworks with cutting-edge drone technology was a natural fit for our airmen and audience.’
The purpose-built ‘shooting star’ quadcopter drone is equipped with LED lights that can create over 4 billion color combinations and easily be programmed for any animation.