IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – With the annual Independence Day festivities just days away, the Idaho Falls Police Department and partner agencies are sharing traffic closures, information, and safety tips to help the public to be safe and prepared for the annual 4th of July events that take place in Idaho Falls.
More than 200,000 community members and visitors will celebrate our nation's independence during various events, including the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce Liberty on Parade, Riverbend’s Riverfest, and the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration.
The City of Idaho Falls staff is proud to assist the entities that host these events on Independence Day. Anyone attending these events, as well as residents of Idaho Falls and the surrounding areas, is encouraged to plan ahead for the impacts of these events to ensure a safe and enjoyable Independence Day.
GENERAL EMERGENCY INFORMATION
Call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. Please keep 9-1-1 lines clear for actual emergencies. To contact
public safety for non-emergent issues call (208) 529-1200.
If you are attending the parade, Riverfest, or the Freedom Celebration and, due to congestion around the events, you are not able to successfully place/receive phone calls or text messages, go to the IFPD post at the events (see below) or flag down one of the Idaho Falls Police Officers or Idaho Falls Fire & EMS personnel roving through the events.
Report any criminal activity. Every Idaho Falls Police Department officer, Animal Control Officer,
Emergency Communications Officer and many other IFPD staff will be working on the 4th of July. We
thank the public for their patience as officers address calls for service as quickly as possible, as well as
other safety and criminal concerns throughout the day.
LIBERTY ON PARADE INFORMATION
The annual 4th of July parade, Liberty on Parade hosted by the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of
Commerce, begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 4th. The parade route begins near Idaho Falls High School at the intersection of 4th Street and South Holmes Avenue, travels West on 4th Street, turns South on South Boulevard, and concludes at the intersection of South Boulevard and Rogers Street.
Idaho Falls Police Officers will be roving along the parade route and in the surrounding area on bike and
on foot. A manned post of IFPD Officers will be located at 10th Street and South Boulevard near Common
Cents. Look for the blue Idaho Falls Police canopy.
Pedestrian foot traffic and people lining the parade route begins hours before the start of the parade.
Residents and anyone traveling within at least a mile of the parade route should expect to encounter
congested traffic, crowds, and pedestrians. Motorists are asked to avoid the area if they are not attending the parade and to otherwise use caution in the area.
Parking along the parade route is not permitted after 5:00 a.m. on July 4th until after the conclusion of the parade. Anyone who leaves a vehicle parked along the parade route, or in the parade staging area around Idaho Falls High School, after 5:00 a.m. for any length of time risks being cited and/or having the vehicle towed. The following road closures related to the parade will be in effect at the indicated times on July 4th until the conclusion of the parade.
ROAD CLOSURES FOR PARADE
• John Adams Parkway, including the branches that connect to 4th Street and 5th Street, from Tiger
Ave to S Holmes Ave.
• South Boulevard from N Water Ave to W Sunnyside Road.
9:00 a.m. and later.
• The intersection of South Holmes Ave and 4th Street will close at the start of the parade. South
Holmes Ave will reopen after the parade has passed.
• The intersection of South Holmes and East 17th Street will close when the parade reaches 10th
street and will remain closed until the parade has passed.
RIVERFEST & FREEDOM CELEBRATION
The annual Riverfest and Melaleuca Freedom Celebration events take place at Snake River Landing. For
full details from the event organizers regarding the schedule of events, parking information, etc. visit their respective websites.
- Riverfest: https://riverfestidaho.com/
- Melaleuca Freedom Celebration: https://www.freedomcelebration.com/
Crowds begin gathering at Snake River Landing in the early afternoon and continue to grow throughout
the evening. In 2021, event organizers estimated that over 200,000 people gathered in and around Snake
River Landing to watch the fireworks display.
CELL SERVICE LIMITATIONS
Due to the large number of people in the area, cell phone service at Snake River Landing becomes
unreliable in the early to late evening and continues until after the majority of attendees have dispersed
after the fireworks. Attendees should plan to be unable to send text messages or place phone calls during this time period. It is wise to discuss safety plans with children and adults in your group, including child safety, where you will meet if you are separated, and where to seek emergency assistance at the event if you cannot place a call to 911.
Idaho Falls Police Officers will be roving through Snake River Landing on bike and on foot throughout
the event. A manned post of IFPD Officers will be located at the Northeast corner of Snake River
Parkway and Event Center Drive starting in the early afternoon for Riverfest and the Melaleuca Freedom
Celebration. Look for the blue Idaho Falls Police canopy.
As a reminder to attendees, Snake River Landing is private property and the venue is being made
available for the public. Attendees are encouraged to be respectful of private property, and to be
cooperative with all Snake River Landing staff, private security and City of Idaho Falls staff working to
ensure an enjoyable and safe celebration. Anyone found not complying with rules or laws may be asked
SAFETY RULES FOR THOSE ATTENDING FREEDOM CELEBRATION
For the safety of all attendees and to limit potential disruption to the fireworks display, the
following rules are in effect during the event:
- NO PERSONAL FIREWORKS: Due to the location of the fireworks launch site and Riverfest,
the highly congested and grassy areas around Snake River Landing, and for the safety of persons
attending the event, the Fire Marshal has restricted any and all personal fireworks, including
sparklers, from Lochsa Drive, south to Sunnyside Drive, and from the Capital Avenue River
Walk west to the Porter Canal.
- NO DRONES: Community members are asked not to fly drones at any of the Independence Day festivities, and are reminded that flying drones in the airspace around Snake River Landing on the 4th of July is prohibited due to helicopters already in the airspace. Flying personal drones creates unsafe situations for helicopters that have reserved the airspace with the FAA, and also for first responder use of drones in emergency situations.
- NO ALCOHOL: Event organizers and property owners have prohibited all alcohol at Snake River Landing.
- NO ATV’s: No private ATVs, dirt bikes, go carts or other motorized vehicles will be permitted at Snake River Landing.
- WATER SAFETY: People are asked to stay out of the river, canals and water features in and around Snake River Landing, including the Snake River. The waterways may look refreshing on a hot day, but there are many hidden dangers and water levels are high and fast. Water features at Snake River Landing may contain additives that are unsafe for people and pets.
- EMERGENCY TRAFFIC: Keep emergency vehicle lanes open to allow public safety personnel
to respond quickly and safely. When needed, please make safe efforts to make space for public
safety personnel to get through quickly, whether on foot, bike, or in a vehicle.
PARKING INFORMATION FOR THOSE ATTENDING FREEDOM CELEBRATION
Those attending the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration should plan to arrive early and should not expect to
access Snake River Landing at the last minute.
Attendees should review the Parking & Exiting Map provided by event organizers for recommended parking areas based on your destination following the fireworks.
Event organizers also have specific parking plans for handicap access available on their website. When the fireworks conclude, traffic from each parking lot will flow in a pre-determined direction. Be sure to choose a parking lot that will exit in the direction you need to go after the show.
Any unmarked areas are “No Parking”. Please only park in the indicated spaces or lots to allow for
emergency vehicle access throughout the event area.
There is no on-street parking allowed anywhere on Snake River Pkwy, Pioneer Road, Event Center Drive, or Sunnyside between I-15 and Yellowstone Hwy, and Yellowstone Hwy between Sunnyside and Pancheri at any time on the 4th of July. Vehicles parked in these areas risk towing or citation.
Complex traffic plans have been put in place through partnerships with Snake River Landing and event
organizers, the Idaho Transportation Department, Idaho State Police, Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office,
City of Idaho Falls, and the Idaho Falls Police Department.
Traffic plans have been created to maximize safety and efficiency as people are exiting the Snake River
Landing area following the fireworks. However, given the hundreds of thousands of attendees at this
event, even the most efficient traffic exit plans will take time.
Event attendees should plan for exiting to take up to two hours. Routes in and around Idaho Falls will be restricted, and certain parking lots will allow for faster exits to certain locations. Information about parking lot designations is available at www.freedomcelebration.com.
Due to the greatly increased number of people in the city, remember to remain patient in slow-moving
traffic. Drivers should slow down, focus on driving, avoid distractions, watch for pedestrians, and
bicyclists, obey all traffic laws, special holiday parking and traffic restrictions.
Community members and visitors should not move or drive around traffic control devices for any reason. Doing so can create dangerous situations for yourself and others and will likely result in further delays. Community members are reminded to obey directions from law enforcement and designated traffic officials.
Motorists traveling to or in the area of Snake River Landing should expect numerous road closures
beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 3rd and continuing until early morning on July 5th.
South Tourist Park and Ryder Park serve as command posts for emergency personnel from the Idaho
Falls Police Department, Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, and the Idaho Falls Fire Department. In
order for emergency vehicles to respond quickly in the event of an emergency, South Tourist Park and Ryder Park will be closed to all public vehicles, boats & campers/RVs beginning July 3rd at noon. South
Tourist Park and the adjacent River Walk/Greenbelt will remain open for foot/bicycle traffic. The parks
will reopen to vehicles boats and camping at noon on July 5th.
IDAHO FALLS ROAD CLOSURES FOR FREEDOM CELEBRATION
The road closures listed below will go into effect at the time shown and will reopen when traffic exiting
the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration has sufficiently cleared.
- Milligan Road South of 901 Pier View Drive is currently closed and will remain closed until after
July 3rd at 10 a.m.
- Snake River Parkway from Whitewater Drive to midway between Event Center Drive and Sunnyside Road.
- Event Center Drive.
- Lochsa River Drive from Snake River Parkway to White Sand Creek Way.
July 4th at 6 a.m.
Full road closures:
- Snake River Pkwy North of Sunnyside to Pier View Drive
- Snake River Pkwy between Pioneer Rd and Utah Ave
• Milligan Road.
July 4th at 8 p.m.
- Sunnyside from Snake River Pkwy to Pioneer Rd. July 4th at 9:00 p.m.
- Interstate 15 at Sunnyside Rd. (Exit 116) off-ramp closures for northbound and southbound exits
(on-ramps will be open).
- Pioneer Rd. from Pioneer Drive to Event Center Drive.
- Pancheri Dr. & Utah Ave.
- The North segment exiting the Utah Ave. roundabout.
- Southfork Blvd between Sunnyside and Pioneer Drive.
- Pioneer Drive & Sunnyside
- Pioneer Road & Sunnyside
- S. Yellowstone Hwy (26) at 19th Street
- Sunnyside and Yellowstone
- 19th and Rollandet Ave
- 21st and Rollandet Ave
- Gallatin & 25th
- Pancheri Dr., East of Skyline Dr.
- W. Sunnyside Rd., near the I-15 interchange
- Utah Ave & Pioneer Rd
- W. Broadway Street & Yellowstone Ave (Highway 26)
- Pancheri Dr & S. Yellowstone Hwy (Highway 26)
- Leslie Ave & 21st St
- Leslie Ave & 25th St
- Rollandet Ave & 17th St.
- Rollandet Ave & 21st St.
- Softball & Rollandet
- Riverwalk & Pancheri
- Riverwalk & Bridgeport
- Pancheri Dr & Capital Ave
- W. Sunnyside Rd & S. Yellowstone Hwy (Highway 91 westbound)
- W. Sunnyside Rd at Rollandet
- W. Broadway Street & Memorial Drive
- W. Sunnyside & McNeil Drive
- W. Sunnyside on the Eastside of Basic American Foods (1050 W Sunnyside Road)
- W. Sunnyside west of S Koester Road at the substation
Pedestrians and bicyclists leaving Snake River Landing via Sunnyside will be able to use the sidewalk on
the north side of Sunnyside Road. Pedestrians and bicyclists are asked to not cross Sunnyside in any
location other than designated crossing areas indicated by event signage. Visibility is low and pedestrian
safety is a significant concern. Besides causing delays to traffic flow exiting the event, there are vehicle
versus pedestrian near misses each year due to pedestrians crossing traffic in an unsafe manner.