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Ammon hosting ‘watch-from-home’ fireworks show at undisclosed location this Fourth of July

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Melaleuca Freedom Celebration fireworks | July 2018 file photo, EastIdahoNews.com

AMMON – Though many communities have canceled Fourth of July celebrations this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Ammon is moving forward with a unique plan to allow locals to still enjoy fireworks from their homes.

The city is partnering with CAL Ranch and Westmark Credit Union for a covert fireworks show at 10 p.m. Saturday. The community is invited to watch the fireworks from their home.

In an effort to prevent large crowds, the location is not being disclosed. But Mayor Sean Coletti tells EastIdahoNews.com it will be centrally located in town.

“Everyone in town should (be able) to see them,” Coletti says. “You probably want to be in a place that doesn’t have a lot of trees around…so that your view isn’t limited.”

The fireworks show will last about 20 minutes, which will be set to music on 100.3 and 100.7 FM. A fireworks company based out of Utah will be lighting them off.

Westmark Credit Union and CAL Ranch are giving away free sparklers at all their locations this week for people to light off at home when the fireworks begin. The purpose is to create a sense of unity.

“Whether you can see the fireworks or not, we’re inviting you to light your sparklers and help add to the light of the community,” CAL Ranch Vice President of Marketing Jason Miller says.

CAL Ranch approached the city of Ammon several weeks ago about hosting a fireworks show. Knowing that many people were disappointed by the cancelation of the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration, Miller says the mayor jumped at the chance.

“A celebration of freedom is important to all of us,” Coletti says. “The pandemic is a very real thing affecting many people. As we looked at this, we felt like we could do it safely and responsibly.”

In addition to the fireworks show, there will also be a flag-raising ceremony at the Ammon city building. The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. and include the Pledge of Allegiance, a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and several speakers.

“It’s a nice way to start the day,” Coletti says.

The flag-raising ceremony is open to anyone but seating is limited. It will last about 45 minutes. Coletti is encouraging those who attend to wear masks.

The Ammon City building is at 2135 Ammon Road.

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