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American Pyrotechnics Association Names 2018 Melaleuca Freedom Celebration a Must See Independence Day Fireworks

The following news release is from the American Pyrotechnics Association. BETHESDA, Md., June 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Independence Day Holiday is quickly approaching and millions of Americans are planning to take in Fourth of July parades, backyard barbecues, and community fireworks celebrations. The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimates that over 16,000 fireworks displays will commemorate America’s 242nd birthday nationwide – from small towns to big city extravaganzas. The grandiose fireworks displays, well known for drawing in thousands of...
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Ground-Shaking Fireworks to Light Up Sky at 2018 Melaleuca Freedom Celebration

Idaho Falls, Idaho – June 27, 2018 – The 26th Melaleuca Freedom Celebration, which is the largest Independence Day fireworks show west of the Mississippi River, is sure to dazzle spectators with high-flying shells, cutting-edge special effects, and artistic choreography. Synchronizing patriotic messages, inspiring music and several tons of awe-inspiring fireworks, this inspirational event honors the brave men and women who have given their all for our country. Starting at 10 p.m., spectators will feel...
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Melaleuca Freedom Celebration ranks on Purewow.com’s Best Fireworks List

The Best Fireworks Display in Every Single State Oh, say can you see…the fireworks? If you’re not loving your vantage point, make sure you find a spot with a great view for these 51 fireworks displays. Replete with live music, tons of food and intricate pyrotechnics, there’s nothing like a Fourth of July celebration. Wish America a happy birthday at one of these amazing extravaganzas in every state (plus D.C.). Idaho: Melaleuca Freedom Celebration (Idaho...
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Pony rides, bounce houses, other activities to be offered at 4th of July Riverfest

IDAHO FALLS — The 4th of July is two weeks away and organizers of the Mountain View Hospital Riverfest have released a list of activities happening at Snake River Landing. There will be a variety of fun things for families to participate in, including pony rides, bounce houses and other inflatable activities. People can also try out the knocker balls (see image below) and mechanical bull rides. Wristbands will be available for $10 each and...
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EastIdahoNews.com offering helicopter rides on the Fourth of July

With parades, family, friends, delicious food, patriotism and unforgettable fireworks, there’s something special about the Fourth of July in east Idaho. Now imagine experiencing Independence Day from the air on a helicopter ride! EastIdahoNews.com is partnering with Teton Volkswagen to make it happen as part of the second annual Mountain View Hospital Riverfest in Idaho Falls. We offered the helicopter rides last year, and flights were sold out within hours. This year, we’re expecting seats to fill up even...
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Newly released map shows 4th of July Riverfest event areas

IDAHO FALLS — The 4th of July is less than three weeks away and organizers of the Mountain View Hospital Riverfest have released a map showing the events happening at Snake River Landing. Families with kids of all ages are invited to attend the festival, presented by DL Evans Bank and Doug Andrus Distributing. Some activities will be offered for a small fee. It will begin at noon and continue until the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration...
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Entertainment lineup announced for 4th of July Riverfest

IDAHO FALLS — Seven talented local bands will take the Teton Toyota Stage at the Mountain View Hospital Riverfest 4th of July celebration presented by D.L. Evans Bank and Doug Andrus Distributing. The musical acts will perform throughout the day at Snake River Landing. Visitors will enjoy the impressive music as they celebrate Independence Day before watching the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration biggest fireworks show west of the Mississippi. “The word has gotten out after the...
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Over 200,000 people watched Melaleuca Freedom Celebration fireworks, officials say

IDAHO FALLS — A record-breaking number of people watched the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration fireworks show at Snake River Landing Wednesday night. Officials estimate over 200,000 spectators witnessed the largest fireworks display west of the Mississippi River. Last year, Idaho Falls Police estimated 170,000 people viewed the 31-minute show along the banks of the Snake River. “This year, there were so many people we simply couldn’t count. Compared to last year, we estimate that at least 20 percent...
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170,000 people watched ‘most successful Melaleuca Freedom Celebration ever’

IDAHO FALLS — The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration drew the largest crowd in the event’s 25 year history Tuesday night. Idaho Falls Police Chief Mark McBride said an estimated 170,000 people viewed the fireworks display. Around 110,000 watched from Snake River Landing, where more than 20,000 fireworks were shot off in 31 minutes. McBride said the remaining spectators viewed from nearby locations with crowd size estimates based on the number of vehicles in the area. “This...
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Pyrotechnicians prepare fireworks for Melaleuca Freedom Celebration

IDAHO FALLS — More than 20,000 firework shells containing some 17,000 pounds of explosives will be shot into the air Tuesday night as part of the biggest Melaleuca Freedom Celebration in Idaho Falls history. Organizers and workers spent Monday at Snake River Landing preparing and setting up the fireworks that will be displayed during the 31-minute show. The explosives will be choreographed and synced to a patriotic musical program that will air live on KLCE...
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