It’s Navy Pier’s birthday this coming weekend and they’ve arranged something extra special to ring in 107 years on Lake Michigan. We might be used to seeing Navy Pier’s beloved firework shows light up the skies but this weekend the iconic Chicago attraction will celebrate its birthday with its first-ever drone light show.
Taking place at 9:45 pm this Saturday, July 15, 300 synchronized drones will take to the sky before they are followed by the usual Saturday night firework show, which was recently voted the best in the nation by USA Today, at 10pm.
According to the Navy Pier website, the “Sweeten Your Summer” drone light show, produced by Sky Elements Drones will “showcase a whimsical presentation choreographed to lively music while paying tribute to one of America’s sweetest treats – ICE CREAM!”
“Navy Pier’s 107th birthday promises ‘a pageant of progress’ pairing the ancient art of fireworks with a futuristic light show featuring choreographed drones. Who needs candles with a display like this?!” said Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner. “We raise our sundaes to Blue Bunny and Halo Top for putting this cherry on top of our birthday celebration. We hope everyone joins for a taste of the fun.”
The pier’s Polk Bros Park will be hosting a free “ice cream social” from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday inviting guests to enjoy a treat-sized Bomb Pop, Blue Ribbon Classics, Halo Top, or Blue Bunny Ice Creams.
“Part of our culture is to give back to the communities that support us, and Chicago is certainly full of loyal ice cream enthusiasts who love our brands,” said Santhi Ramesh, Chief Commercial Officer of Wells Enterprises, maker of Blue Bunny and Halo Top. “We’re excited to partner with Navy Pier to provide a free ice cream social as part of our promise that together we can create a world where everyone can feel joy every day.”
After the show the drones will form into a scannable QR code which will be large enough to cover an entire city block and will allow guests access to “a special offer at Jewel/Osco” related to National Ice Cream Day.
More information can be found at navypier.org.
[Featured image from Sky Element Drones]