East Idaho News: Melaleuca Freedom Celebration returns with a bang – and lots of people

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IDAHO FALLS — The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration returned with a bang Saturday night with more fireworks, fun and festivities than ever before.

Officials are still working to determine how many spectators attended the 28th annual event at Snake River Landing. They will review drone footage of traffic to measure the number of cars but Idaho Falls Police say “more people than we could count” watched the largest fireworks show west of the Mississippi River.

“It was a great event and we are very grateful to everyone that worked together to make it happen,” says Idaho Falls Police Chief Bryce Johnson. “There are many, many hands and several entities that work closely together for months to make these events go as smoothly and safely as they do, and we hope that’s how most people experience the day. After the cancelation last year, it was really nice to see the community come out together.”