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The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration Schedule

The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration takes place this year (2013) on THURSDAY, JULY 4th 2013
Location: The Greenbelt in downtown Idaho Falls

What’s on Tap for 2013

  1. Melaleuca Freedom Celebration dinner
  2. Freedom Symphony
  3. Melaleuca Freedom Celebration Fireworks
  4. DOs and DON’Ts
  5. Traffic Guidelines
  6. Melaleuca Freedom Celebration Schedule

 

The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration Dinner is held at the Shilo Inn, 780 Lindsay Blvd., Idaho Falls. Ticket prices are to be determined for the 2014 Melaleuca Freedom Celebration.

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The Freedom Symphony will play along the banks of the Snake River at the Shilo Inn. Under the direction of Eric Wenstrom, conductor of the Teton Chamber Orchestra, the symphony will offer a one-hour long program of patriotic and popular music.

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The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration is the largest fireworks show west of the Mississippi River. It is choreographed shell for shell and note for note with a beautiful broadcast of patriotic music and narration. Fireworks begin at approximately 10:00 PM. BRING YOUR RADIO TUNED TO KLCE 97.3FM! The fireworks are FREE!

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Melaleuca Freedom Celebration
DOs and DON’Ts

The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration is getting closer and closer.
In the interest of public safety, the Idaho Falls Police Department is providing some guidelines to follow.

DO NOTS

  1. No alcohol will be allowed in public areas.
  2. No fireworks will be allowed before or during the celebration (around the greenbelt area)
  3. No parking will be permitted in the following areas,Riverside Drive from Memorial to Vissing Circle, River Parkway from Driftwood Hotel north to the boat docks or US20 on the pavement, the day of the 4th or the 5th.Any vehicles parked in these areas will be towed.
  4. The boat docks will be closed to vehicle traffic from July 2nd thru the 6th.
  5. No tarps are permitted on the grass due to damage they cause.
  6. No pedestrians will be allowed in the area near the forebay, sectioned off for fireworks launching, or on the grass to the south.

DO’s

  1. Enjoy the best fireworks celebration in the area.
  2. Allow plenty of time to find parking and a place to watch the celebration.
  3. HAVE FUN

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Traffic Guidelines

In the interest of public safety,the Idaho Falls Police Department has provided some traffic and parking guidelines to follow.

TRAFFIC
This year River Parkway from the Driftwood Motel to the boat docks will be closed to all motor vehicle traffic July 1st from 7:00am to 12:00pm. That area will be closed again all day and night from July 2nd to July 6th.
Riverside drive at E street and Memorial to the US-20 on ramp, including Vissing Circle, will be closed to all motor vehicle traffic on the 4th from 7:00pm until the conclusion of the fireworks.

The boat docks will be closed to vehicle traffic from July 2nd thru the 6th.

In the interest of public safety, the Idaho Falls Police Department has provided some traffic and parking guidelines to follow.

 

IDAHO STATE POLICE
MEDIA RELEASE
Due to the large volume of pedestrian traffic mingling with vehicle traffic on and around the area of John’s Hole Bridge, there will be no parking on US 20 or the grassy areas from Science Center Drive to Saturn Street on July 4, before, during, or after the fireworks. This parking ban includes the interstate exits and entrances. “No parking” areas will be posted. Vehicles that are parked on the pavement or grass will be towed at owners’ expense. The public is invited to put their lawn chairs and blankets on the grassy area but due to visual impairment caused from vehicles parked on the grass, no vehicles will be allowed again this year. The parking ban is for your family’s safety in an effort to keep this holiday safe and accident-free.

After the freedom celebration officers of the State Police, Idaho Falls Police Department, and traffic crews from the Idaho Department of Transportation will be blocking exits from US 20 onto Lindsay Boulevard and Science Center Drive in an effort to break up traffic congestion as soon as possible. Vehicle drivers wishing to travel eastbound on US 20 will be directed to the Lewisville Highway before being allowed to turn back into the residential area of Idaho Falls. This traffic plan with make the holidays more enjoyable for you and your family and allow for the safe movement to and from the 2013 freedom celebration.

Troopers of the Idaho State Police will also be working diligently to stop impaired drivers by implementing patrols in the areas we suspect alcohol or drug impaired drivers. So if you drink over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, be prepared to call a taxi, have a designated sober driver, or plan to spend the night where you are. Remember, it only takes one wrong decision on your part to ruin the holiday for yourself or innocent people. Don’t let what was designed to be holiday fun make you a criminal or worse, a killer. Please don’t choose to drink and drive, because if you do, you lose.

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For further information call
Lieutenant C.R. Kaffenberger – 208-525-7377

PARKING
There will be no parking on Riverside drive at E street and Memorial to the US-20 on ramp, including Vissing Circle, starting at 7:00am on the 4th. This area will be closed to all motor vehicle traffic on the 4th from 7:00pm until the conclusion of the fireworks.

No parking will be permitted in the following areas: Riverside Drive from Memorial to Vissing Circle, River Parkway from Driftwood Hotel north to the boat docks or US20 on the pavement, the day of the 4th or the 5th. Any vehicles parked in these areas will be towed.

No parking on US-20 over Johns Hole Bridge.

Handicapped parking is available on Riverside Drive with permit only (space is limited).

GUIDELINES
Please plan on alternate routes when leaving the fireworks.

To help with parking and traffic delays, carpool with friends and neighbors.

Try to park away from the greenbelt and walk in. Downtown parking is available.

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Melaleuca Freedom Celebration Schedule (all times approximate)

7:00 p.m. Doors Open at the Shilo Inn (all guests must present a ticket and receive a wrist band)

7:45 p.m. Presentation of Colors, playing of the National Anthem, recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance

8:00-9:00 p.m. Buffet Dinner

8:50 – 9:00 p.m. Introductions of Honored Guests

9:00-10:00 p.m. Freedom Symphony program

10:00-10:31 p.m. Melaleuca Freedom Celebration Fireworks with Musical Accompaniment over KLCE 97.3 FM