BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (CBS4) – Breckenridge may not had fireworks this year but there was still an aerial show on the 4th of July, thanks to daredevil Colorado pilots.

Gary Rower helped organize the air show, and it’s no easy feat to pull off aerial acrobatics at 9,600 feet.

“Everything changes,” he said. “The performance of our aircraft changes we when come up to the high country.”

“Just like if you were to go out jogging, there’s no air. We all know that, for those of us who live in the high country. Well there’s no air for our engines, too, so my engine which makes 450 horsepower at sea level makes 200 horsepower up here.

But the crowd certainly noticed the extra effort.

“I enjoyed it,” said David Nethrey, who went to the show. “I respect what they can do at these high altitudes.”

“I thought it was absolutely incredible,” was how spectator Rosanne Gain described it. “It’s a testament to the ability of the pilots to fly at this altitude, you have to be at the top of your game.”

“I’m an ex-pilot and so I love any kind of flying,” spectator Joe Todd said. “I thought it was great.”

Rower echoed those sentiments.

“I think it went great. We had a huge crowd on the riverwalk. It was wall-to-wall packed.”

The aerial show followed the annual parade and festival, and could become a part of the tradition.

PHOTO GALLERY: Breckenridge, Other Communities Celebrate 4th Of July


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