There are a number of opportunities to celebrate Independence Day around the region this July 4.

Rexburg’s Independence Day celebration, Whoopee Days, includes a parade scheduled for 10 a.m., begining at Smith Park and traveling west on Main Street.

After the parade there will be a celebration at Porter Park, complete with food, art, a band concert and craft booths. A 7 p.m. rodeo will be followed by a fireworks display.

At 10 p.m. at the Idaho Falls Greenbelt, Melaleuca will host the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration, a nationally-renowned fireworks display.

Idaho Falls will also host a Firecracker 5K run, beginning at Tautphaus Park at 7:15 a.m. The Idaho Falls Independence Day parade is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

More information about the event is available at www.idahofallsevents.com. The AT&T Liberty Festival on the Falls, held in downtown Idaho Falls, is also part of the city’s celebration.

In Jackson Hole, Wyo., at 10 p.m., a fireworks show titled “Fire in the Hole” will be held at the base of Snow King Mountain.

Teton Village, which is 12 miles northwest of Jackson, will hold two consecutive fireworks shows: one scheduled for today, the other for July 4. More information about Jackson’s Independence Day festivities can be located at www.jacksonholechamber.com.

HISTORY OF FIREWORKS
Fireworks have been part of our nation’s Indpendence Day celebration since July 8, 1776.

According to www.history.com, it is believed that fireworks were originally used out of mockery. At the time, England used fireworks to celebrate the birthdays of royalty.

When the U.S. set them off, it was celebrating its separation from England and the king.

The most expensive fireworks show ever held was at a New Year’s Eve celebration in 2007 at the capital city of Abu Dubai in the United Arab Emirates at an estimated cost of $20 million.

The largest firework display that has ever been held was in Portugal on Dec. 31, 2006, with a total of 66,326 fireworks shot.

On average, according to the  Captain Boom Fireworks website, a large fireworks show can cost from $3,000 to $20,000.

FIREWORKS LAWS
While fireworks are part of July 4 celebrations, there are laws regarding what fireworks are legal in Idaho.
Illegal fireworks in the state include:
• Bottle rockets
• Roman candles
• Firecrackers
• Sparklers more than 10 inches in total length or one quarter inch in diameter