The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration brings in crowds upwards of 200,000, making it the single largest event in Idaho by a wide margin. The beautiful fireworks display has been named the largest fireworks show west of the Mississippi River, measured by number of shells fired into the night sky. It’s no surprise this 29-year tradition continues to draw national attention.
The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration has been featured in several news outlets across the country. Following are a few excerpts from national media outlets highlighting this pyrotechnic masterpiece.
MSN: Every State’s Top Fourth of July Fireworks Show
“These state-of-the-art pyrotechnics on the shores of the Snake River are so impressive, that you might just be convinced you’re celebrating the Fourth of July in a metropolis twice the size of Idaho Falls.”
Yahoo!: The Best Firework Shows and Displays in Every Single State 2022
“Prepare to be dazzled! The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration at Snake River Landing in Idaho Falls is the largest Independence Day fireworks show west of the Mississippi River.”
Reader’s Digest: The Best Fireworks Displays in Every State
“For the best fireworks display in Idaho, head to Idaho Falls—specifically, the Riverfest at Snake River Landing. This free event runs from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., includes plenty to eat at the many different food booths, live music on the event stage, bounce houses and other activities in the Kids Zone . . . and if you can believe it, loads more. You’ll also have the perfect view of the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration fireworks, which start at 10 p.m.”
“A first-time attendee from California at the 2022 Melaleuca Freedom Celebration said, ‘I have seen a lot of Independence Day firework shows, including the biggest ones in California’s largest cities, and I have to say that Melaleuca’s show held its own as a true rival. I did not expect it, but seeing is believing when it comes to experiencing the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration. After watching it for the first time, I can see why it’s the best fireworks show west of the Mississippi.’”
“An expansive landscape marked the viewing area for the Fourth of July festivities. This open lawn amphitheater was designed and custom-built for the annual Melaleuca Freedom Celebration, making it the only location in America specifically designed for spectators viewing fireworks. The 40-foot inclined platform and half-moon bend to the grounds provided every viewer with a seemingly front-row seat, accommodating with ease and comfort the 200,000 eventgoers.”
Travel + Liesure, 2017: The Best 4th of July Fireworks in Every U.S. State
“The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration pays tribute to those who perished while defending the freedom of the citizens of the U.S. It is one of the largest fireworks shows west of the Mississippi and packs more than 17,550 shells into a spectacular, 31-minute production.”
Travelers Today: The Top 7 Most Spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks Shows Across the U.S.
“The spacious, grassy landscape at Snake River Landing, designed for accommodating the annual fireworks show and fitted with 100 speakers to play the synchronized soundtrack to the masses, provides every spectator an incredible, multi-sense experience.”
American Pyrotechnics Association, 2017: American Pyrotechnics Association Recommends Must See Independence Day Fireworks Displays
“The 31 minute dazzling production, produced by fifth-generation Western Display Fireworks, will be deeply patriotic and a true tribute to our Founding Fathers, soldiers, veterans and their families. This is a must see fireworks display.”
American Pyrotechnics Association, 2018: American Pyrotechnics Association Recommends Must See Independence Day Fireworks Displays
“You won’t find a larger Fourth of July fireworks show west of the Mississippi. This show will delight spectators with high-flying colors, cutting-edge special effects and artistic choreography during a 31-minute production. Launched over the banks of the Snake River, this fireworks show is elegantly synchronized shell-for-shell and note-for-note by the fifth-generation pyrotechnicians at Western Display Fireworks.”