Local News 8: Melaleuca Freedom Celebration promises to be biggest yet

Several news outlets are gearing up for Fourth of July weekend by breaking stories about the largest fireworks show west of the Mississippi. One of these outlets, ABC affiliate Local News 8 secured an on-camera interview with Melaleuca Executive Chairman Frank VanderSloot.

The 29th Annual Melaleuca Freedom Celebration will launch 18,237 fireworks into the black canvas that is Idaho Falls’ night sky.

The fireworks display is competitive in size with the largest fireworks shows in America, such as the Independence Day fireworks displays in Boston, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.

The fireworks begin to fly at 10 p.m., and it will be a show that is seen in vibrancy of color and felt from the ground up. “You feel the ground shake,” says Frank delighted by the spectacle of the rare, American-made fireworks. “It’s all around you. It’s right above you in the sky.”

The show’s roots stem from Frank’s personal love for the Fourth of July holiday, reminiscent of youthful nights in northern Idaho setting off firecrackers on the farm. “It was a big deal to us,” says Frank, remembering those summer nights, “And it’s kind of grown since then.”

And a similar statement can be made of the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration. Heading into the 30th year, the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration continues to grow because the company increases its budget each year. This means the 2023 show is guaranteed to be even larger than this one.

Attendees are encouraged to review the day’s schedule here at MelaleucaFreedomCelebration.com as well as the parking and traffic plans for the day’s events since the venue will accommodate roughly 200,000 spectators.