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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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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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Melaleuca Freedom Celebration named one of the top must-see fireworks displays in America

IDAHO FALLS — The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) has named the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration as one of the top five must-see Independence Day fireworks displays in America. The list, released Wednesday, includes recommendations “for the most avid of fireworks fans” to consider this 4th of July. The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration is the only display in the western United States to make the list. “Every year we’re looking for something new and different that is spectacular...
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American Pyrotechnics Association Recommends Melaleuca Freedom Celebration

Idaho Falls, ID – Melaleuca Freedom Celebration – July 4:  Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Melaleuca Freedom Festival is home to the largest fireworks show west of the Mississippi River.  More than 20,000 fireworks shells (totaling over 17,000 lbs.) will burst over the banks of the Snake River.  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...
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New Melaleuca Freedom Celebration location announced

IDAHO FALLS — This year’s Melaleuca Freedom Celebration will be unlike any other fireworks show in Idaho Falls’ history. This is the show’s 25th year. Not only does the 25th anniversary promise to deliver far more firepower and a more dazzling pyrotechnic display than ever before, but it will do so from a new location along the banks of the Snake River, namely Snake River Landing. In recent years, Snake River Landing has held several...
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USA Today names Melaleuca Freedom Celebration One of the Best Fireworks Displays in America

USATODAY.com has named the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration one of the best fireworks shows in America. The article features “dazzling displays that are set to burst overhead this year” in cities all across the country. Among the events mentioned – The 39th Annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, the National Mall Fourth of July Celebrations, Philadelphia’s Welcome to America celebration, and the Idaho Falls Melaleuca Freedom Celebration. “In Idaho Falls, the 23nd Annual Melaleuca Freedom Celebration...
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