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The Best Small-Town Fireworks for 4th of July Celebrations

Fireworks in Idaho Falls (photo courtesy of Melaleuca Freedom Celebration).

Exciting fireworks shows have a magical way of uniting communities, especially in small towns where the celebrations can be just as grand as what you might find in the big cities. If you’re looking to celebrate the Fourth of July in a small-town sort of way, consider these great options. From the lush landscapes of Boyne, Michigan, to the rugged Snake River in Idaho Falls, Idaho, these small towns can really light up the sky in honor of America’s independence, offering some of the most exciting fireworks shows you’ll ever see.

Small-Town Fireworks

Melaleuca Freedom Celebration—Idaho Falls

Fireworks in Idaho Falls (photo courtesy of Melaleuca Freedom Celebration).
Melaleuca Freedom Celebration

In Idaho Falls, fireworks take on a whole new meaning with the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration. This is the only show on this list that is completely privately funded. The fireworks in Idaho Falls each Fourth of July are paid for and overseen by consumer goods company Melaleuca, headquartered in the town. What started as a childhood passion for Melaleuca’s executive chairman, Frank VanderSloot, has evolved into an enormous spectacle that pays homage to America’s heroes.

A parade through the middle of town in the morning leads to Riverfest in the afternoon, a fun-filled time at the Snake River with food trucks, live entertainment, and even helicopter rides. At around 10 p.m., more than 18,000 fireworks are launched from the banks of the Snake River, making this also the biggest fireworks show on this list (and also one of the biggest fireworks shows in the whole country). No wonder Melaleuca calls it the “biggest fireworks show west of the Mississippi.”

Custer, South Dakota

This area is where patriotism and natural beauty collide. During the day, enjoy a parade and festival, with fireworks in the evening. The next day (or the day before), head to Keystone, home of the legendary Mount Rushmore. Nestled in the Black Hills, Keystone is a beacon of American history and celebration.

Enjoy hiking among the breathtaking landscapes and diving into the region’s rich presidential and Native American history. Visitors can also enjoy horseback riding adventures and savor local wine tasting, making Keystone a quintessential patriotic destination. Why watch the fireworks in Custer? Because, with the exception of 2020, the National Park Service doesn’t allow pyrotechnics at the Mount Rushmore Memorial. But you can still enjoy the monument!

Best 4th in the North—Boyne City, Michigan

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