Idaho freedom celebration billed as largest fireworks show west of Mississippi River

The largest fireworks show west of the Mississippi River is returning this year for the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration in Idaho, and organizers says it will “be bigger and better than any other fireworks show in the American West.”

The largest fireworks show west of the Mississippi River is returning this year for the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration in Idaho, and organizers says it will “be bigger and better than any other fireworks show in the American West.” (Melaleuca Freedom Celebration)


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IDAHO FALLS — The largest fireworks show west of the Mississippi River is returning this year for the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration, and organizers says it will "be bigger and better than any other fireworks show in the American West."

The 31st annual Melaleuca Freedom Celebration is happening July 4 at Snake River Landing in Idaho Falls. Riverfest, presented by Idaho Central Credit Union, Mountain View Hospital and Riverbend Media Group, will feature live music and entertainment all day. There will be vendors and food options available. It will culminate with the fireworks show at 10:03 p.m.

More than 18,500 fireworks will be launched during the 31-minute spectacle. It will be synchronized to music on Classy 97, which will be played over a network of speakers for spectators to hear.

"This free tribute to America averages 597 shells per minute! That's 9.9 fireworks every second! And it typically draws an audience of over 200,000 spectators," a news release from the event organizers says.

Western Display Fireworks has fired the Melaleuca fireworks over the years and is returning for this year's event. Pyrotechnicians have designed this one-of-a-kind show using the best technology in the industry.

Organizers say the "curtains of special effects that blanket the sky" will "create a unifying view at every level" and be "more spectacular than ever."

"The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration is more than just entertainment on the Fourth of July," Melaleuca Chairman Frank VanderSloot said. "It's a heartfelt, unifying event for the community. But more importantly, it's a tribute of gratitude to America's heroes."

"Thirty-one minutes of tribute doesn't seem like enough, but we hope it will create a feeling in our souls that will last all year," VanderSloot adds.

EastIdahoNews.com will be there giving chopper rides from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Get your tickets at the news website. Stop by and see them at the red tent.

Several agencies have come together to create a master traffic plan. The Idaho Falls Police Department and the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office will help direct traffic throughout the day.

Organizers are grateful to Ball Ventures and everyone else who makes this celebration possible. They're excited for the event and invite the community to attend.

"The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration is a wonderful tradition that brings our great community together each year," Ball Ventures co-managing director and president of real estate Tahri Molifua says in a news release. "Ball Ventures is honored to host another year of festivities at Snake River Landing. Our team is working diligently to ensure the wonderful members of our community have a safe and memorable 4th of July."

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