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July Fourth around 10 p.m., 17,450 bullet shells will be launched over the Snake River to honor America and the men and women who have died to protect the freedom of their countrymen, according to the Idaho Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Freedom Celebration is America’s biggest firework show west of the Mississippi River, according to the Freedom Celebration website.

The celebration is free to the public and will be held along the Idaho Falls Greenbelt, which covers both sides of the Snake River near the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Starting at noon on July Fourth, there will be local vendors, games, jump houses and live music performances at the Greenbelt on Memorial Drive, according to the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce.

The firework show is a 30-minute tribute, according to the Freedom Celebration website.

The fireworks will be computer-fired and choreographed along with music and narration on 97.3 FM.

Natallia Dummar, a sophomore studying political science, said the Idaho Falls firework show is an exciting experience.

“If you have the opportunity to go and enjoy them, take it,” Dummar said. “Make sure you tune in to the radio station that plays the music that goes along with the show. With the music accompanying the sky, the night will be exhilarating, mesmerizing and the best way to end your celebration of Independence Day.”

William Lovell, a sophomore studying business management, said that to celebrate Independence Day better, people should remember the troops and teach their kids about the American Revolution.

“My ancestors fought in the Revolution, and our family takes a moment each year to think about sacrifices made by our ancestors and others,” Lovell said.

Dummar said she believes it is important to celebrate the Fourth of July in honor of those who fought for this country.

“We gather together to commemorate the sacrifices of others and the blessings of God in bringing forth this country and the many freedoms and rights that we have in it,” Dummar said. “It is truly a splendid gift to live here and those that fought for it would want everyone to enjoy and express thanks for it, especially on Independence Day.”

Dummar said that Americans should be grateful for their country.

“We could spend even a few minutes discussing the blessings of this land with our friends and family and express a bit more gratitude towards those that have fought to give it to us,” Dummar said. “We each ought to take time to ponder and thank God for this amazing place we call home.”   

Mark McCammon, a freshman studying history, said that July 4, 1776, is a date to be remembered even beyond the grave.

“If it were not for our brave Founding Fathers, we would not be here today,” McCammon said.

McCammon said that on July Fourth, the Declaration of Independence should be read at firework shows and on television, broadcast on radio and put up on billboards so people will remember Independence Day as more than just a day for fireworks.

“People need to be more informed with our nations founding,” McCammon said.