Spectators numbering over 150,000 were treated to a dazzling patriotic display at the 23rd Annual Melaleuca Freedom Celebration.
Every Fourth of July, Melaleuca puts on an unforgettable Independence Day show, and this year’s event was no exception. It was highlighted by two exciting ceremonies: one recognizing Melaleuca and another where Melaleuca did the recognizing.
First, the U.S. Department of Defense presented Melaleuca with the Seven Seals Award, a prestigious honor that recognizes employers for their outstanding patriotism and unwavering support to the United States military.
Then, the Melaleuca Foundation donated $3.5 million to the Grand Teton Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The generous gift was given in recognition of the Scouting program’s commitment to service, leadership, community involvement, and citizenship in the nation.
This year’s Melaleuca Freedom Celebration culminated with 17,490 shells bursting over the scenic Snake River—once again making it the biggest fireworks display west of the Mississippi River.
But it wasn’t just the sheer firepower that made this pyrotechnic display so special. As is tradition, the show was also choreographed to stirring music and inspiring messages over the radio, filling viewers with a deep sense of patriotism and national pride.
The focus of this year’s Melaleuca Freedom Celebration was honoring our nation's heroes—the veterans, soldiers, and their families who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy every day.
As families looked upward toward bursts of color that filled the night sky, they listened to music and words that embody the American spirit and honor the millions of courageous men and women who have given their all to keep that spirit alive. Many in attendance were brought to tears.
Before the sun went down and the dramatic fireworks show began, attendees enjoyed a magnificent outdoor banquet, patriotic speeches from dignitaries, and a live orchestra performance by the Freedom Symphony.
All in all, it was a Fourth of July never to be forgotten.