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GALLERY: Photos from the spectacular Melaleuca Freedom Celebration fireworks


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IDAHO FALLS — The spectacular 28th Annual Melaleuca Freedom Celebration returned to Snake River Landing Saturday night and it did not disappoint.

The largest Independence Day fireworks show west of the Mississippi River dazzled spectators with a high-flying, ground-shaking, adrenaline-filled fireworks display. Firing an average of 10 shells per second for 31 minutes, the event paid tribute to America’s Founding Fathers, veterans, service members and their families.

The majority of the fireworks this year were made in the USA, according to Melaleuca, with the shells costing 25-100% more than Chinese alternatives. will post a complete story later today about the celebration. For now, take a look at these beautiful photos that captured parts of the show.

Courtesy Melaleuca

Courtesy Melaleuca

Courtesy Melaleuca

Courtesy Melaleuca

Courtesy Melaleuca

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Courtesy Peggy Jeppesen

Courtesy Nicole Grev

Courtesy Emilie Anne Myers

Courtesy Tre Breshears

Courtesy Aubree Fox