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WATCH: Launchpad camera pointed toward the sky captures Melaleuca fireworks show directly overhead

IDAHO FALLS — Chances are you saw the massive Melaleuca Freedom Celebration fireworks show on the 4th of July at Snake River Landing last month. But you haven’t seen it from this view. Before the fireworks show started, a Melaleuca videographer placed a camera between the mortar racks on the launchpad. The lens faced upwards toward the sky and captured the celebration from a completely new view. In video just released from Melaleuca, you see...
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Riverfest returns to Snake River Landing for 4th of July festival

IDAHO FALLS — The biggest 4th of July festival in east Idaho is back for a third year and organizers promise more fun than ever before. Riverbend Communications, home of Classy 97, Z103, 105.5-105.9 The Hawk, KBear 101, and Cannonball 101, is partnering with Snake River Landing for the third annual Mountain View Hospital Riverfest presented by DL Evans Bank and Idaho Falls Community Hospital. Families with kids of all ages are invited to attend...
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Over 200,000 people watched Melaleuca Freedom Celebration fireworks, officials say

IDAHO FALLS — A record-breaking number of people watched the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration fireworks show at Snake River Landing Wednesday night. Officials estimate over 200,000 spectators witnessed the largest fireworks display west of the Mississippi River. Last year, Idaho Falls Police estimated 170,000 people viewed the 31-minute show along the banks of the Snake River. “This year, there were so many people we simply couldn’t count. Compared to last year, we estimate that at least...
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Preparations underway for massive Melaleuca Freedom Celebration fireworks show

IDAHO FALLS — Preparations are underway for the 26th annual Melaleuca Freedom Celebration at Snake River Landing and organizers are promising a massive, memorable, incredible fireworks show this year. Synchronizing patriotic messages, inspiring music and several tons of awe-inspiring fireworks will be shot into the air to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have sacrificed for the United States of America. EastIdahoNews.com got an exclusive look at the fireworks display area Tuesday...
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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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Over 200,000 people watched Melaleuca Freedom Celebration fireworks, officials say

IDAHO FALLS — A record-breaking number of people watched the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration fireworks show at Snake River Landing Wednesday night. Officials estimate over 200,000 spectators witnessed the largest fireworks display west of the Mississippi River. Last year, Idaho Falls Police estimated 170,000 people viewed the 31-minute show along the banks of the Snake River. “This year, there were so many people we simply couldn’t count. Compared to last year, we estimate that at least 20 percent...
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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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