Post Register: Melaleuca Freedom Celebration geared to be one of nation’s largest fireworks shows

In recent news, the Post Register covered the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration reinforcing Idaho Falls, ID is the place to be Monday night for a spectacle that will dazzle the senses.

The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration will attract more than 200,000 spectators, tripling the city’s population and making it the largest event in Idaho.

In a show of patriotism, Melaleuca’s fireworks display will showcase mostly American-made fireworks, which is rare in the U.S. as about 75% of Fourth of July fireworks come from China, and only 5% were made on American soil. In fact, in 2020, Forbes reported that China imports accounted for 94% of all U.S. fireworks.

Melaleuca’s fireworks are deployed by Western Display Fireworks, a multi-generation pyrotechnician company that has been firing the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration for 29 years. The design of the show has been carefully crafted and synchronized with a lively and meaningful script and soundtrack, which will be broadcast live on Classy 97, KLCE during the show.

The Post Register notes other activities leading up to the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration, including the Idaho Falls Independence Day Parade along South Boulevard at 9 a.m.

Also of note is Riverfest at Snake River Landing, which opens at noon and will include live entertainment and activities.

The Post Register finally requests that viewers take down shade tents and shades by 9:30, “So as not to obstruct the view of the fireworks show,” and recommends attendees review the event parking and traffic map before the show.

The Post Register included this comment from Melaleuca Executive Chairman Frank VanderSloot on why Melaleuca continues to invest resources into this annual community event:

“In America, it’s easy to take our freedoms for granted. Sometimes we need to be reminded that freedom isn’t free. It came at a tremendous cost, not paid by us, but paid by the over one million men and women who have died in battle since 1776.

The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration was created to honor those heroes and their families. Thirty-one minutes of tribute doesn’t seem like enough, but we hope it will create a feeling in our souls that will last all year.”