FireKracker 5K, Independence Day Parade & Liberty Festival on the Falls
July 4th: For over two-hundred and thirty plus years, people all over the country have been celebrating their freedoms and rejoicing in their independence on the Fourth of July. Idaho Falls has always embraced the Fourth of July as a way to demonstrate its sense of pride and respect for the rights and liberties that were put forth in the Declaration of Independence.
FireKracker 5fK Fun Run: The Fourth of July is one of the few days where people across the nation gather together with their communities to celebrate and enjoy the day with their families. The Military Affairs Committee will begin the day of festivities with the FireKracker 5K fun run which will begin at 7:15 am at Tautphaus Park.
Independence Day Parade: The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce will again organize the State of Idaho's largest parade whose route intertwines the city’s residential neighborhoods of 4th Street & Boulevard, ending at Tautphaus Park. Riverbend Communications, Idaho Falls Magazine and the Exchange Club will distribute Independence Day schedules and flags beginning at 8:15 am. The Idaho Falls Police Department will once again start the parade at 9:00 am
2013 PARADE TROPHY WINNERS
|Best School: Hillcrest High School|
|Best Band: Skyline High School Marching Band|
|Best Dance: Rigby Cheerleaders|
|Best Church: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - North Idaho Falls Stake|
|Best Commercial Float: Heise Hot Springs|
|Best Use of Theme: Melaleuca|
|Originality: Classy 97|
|Most Entertaining: Dr. Slaughter's|
Classic Car Information: If you are interested in entering a classic car in the parade please contact Nephi Thomas at (208) 569-4175 or (208) 525-8274. You DO NOT need to complete a parade registration form for classic car entry.
Liberty Festival on the Falls: The Liberty Festival on the Falls bridges the gap between the parade in the morning and the fireworks display in the evening. Sponsored by Snake River Landing, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Apple Athletic Club and Melaleuca and held next to the falls of the Snake River, the festivities will be located on Memorial Drive between Broadway and E Street in beautiful downtown Idaho Falls. Over 20 food vendors and 50 businesses, which include arts and crafts vendors, will showcase their products and services during the festival. Fair-like games and activities will amuse the whole family. There will be pie & watermelon eating contests for children and adults. Children will enjoy the inflatable jumpers which will entertain them for hours. And finally, it wouldn’t be a festival without live music by local bands: Desert Harmony, Happyville, The Galaxy Forest & Affection Collection.
Fireworks: The day would not be complete without the city’s 25-year tradition – the awe-inspiring fireworks display presented as the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration which is nationally renowned for being the largest fireworks display west of the Mississippi River. The firework show will also take place around the Greenbelt in Downtown Idaho Falls.
Schedule of Events:
7:15 am FireKracker 5K Fun Run Tautphaus Park
8:00 am IF Magazine, Riverbend Communications & Exchange Club (Parade Guides & Flag Distribution)
9:00 am Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Parade
12:00 pm Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce Liberty Festival on the Falls
10:00 pm Melaleuca Freedom Celebration