Melaleuca Freedom Celebration, Idaho Falls, Idaho
Lasting more than half-an-hour and witnessed by more than 200,000 people, the largest Fourth of July fireworks show west of the Mississippi doesn’t take place in San Francisco, Phoenix, or Los Angeles. Rather, the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration—using state-of-the-art pyrotechnic equipment employed at past Olympics—takes place along the scenic Snake River in modest Idaho Falls. Spectators can spread out over the 450 acres of Snake River Landing, which also hosts a preceding RiverFest that delights with live music, arts and crafts, and food and drinks. RiverFest starts at noon; fireworks start at 10 p.m. MDT.
Eugene Pro Rodeo fireworks show, Eugene, Oregon
Why limit yourself to just one night of fireworks? The annual Eugene Pro Rodeo caps action-packed bull riding, barrel racing, and steer wrestling action with the largest display in Lane County every night for four straight days. The biggest and longest pyrotechnics are reserved for July 4, while post-show dancing takes place nightly. Non-rodeo attendees can also watch the show at $5 per vehicle with launch site parking for a close-up view. Starts at 9:55 p.m.
Tacoma Freedom Fair & Air Show, Tacoma, Washington
Pyrotechnics aren’t the only objects shooting across the sky during the Tacoma Freedom Fair & Air Show. Washington State’s largest Fourth of July celebration also hosts a popular air show that features aerodynamic daredevilry by U.S. Marines, Navy, and Air Force fighter jets this year. A classic car show, six stages of live music, a kids zone, and more than 200 arts, crafts, and food vendors provide plenty to do above the Tacoma Waterfront prior to the fiery 20-minute finale. Starts at 10:10 p.m.