Once again, it’s time to “Celebrate America” in Driggs.
The annual event has experienced steady growth in recent years and organizers are optimistic that this year’s celebration will be the biggest yet.
“This year’s event is going to be huge,” Chad Hammond, president of I.E. Productions said. “We’ve got more food vendors, some really fun music acts and as always, the firework show. I think it’s the best firework show in the west.”
A joint effort by Huntsman Cancer Institute and I.E. Productions, the Saturday show will feature the music of three dueling pianists and the summer sounds of the Surf City All Stars, whose lineup includes Al Jardine and David Marks of Beach Boys fame. While admission is free, donations are encouraged to support cancer research. Festivities get underway at 4 p.m. at Huntsman Springs, 501 Huntsman Spring Drive.
Celebrate American was created by Jon Huntsman, founder of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. According to a Huntsman Center news release, Huntsman spent several summers in the Teton Valley.
“Southeast Idaho holds a very special place in my family’s heart and we are delighted to invite everyone to join the festivities we will host again this year as our gift to the community,” Huntsman said in the release. “We hope it will lift their spirits and serve as a unique opportunity to celebrate the birth of our nation.”
For Hammond, the music is one of the event’s highlights.
“I think the dueling pianos is going to really be something fantastic. There are three piano players, Kirk Garrett, Eric William and Michael Rodgers. They’re all amazing musicians and will play parts back and forth between the three of them. They’ll play audience requests, as well as several classic pop songs. Then we’ll have two of the Beach Boys on stage. They’ll be playing all of the Beach Boys hits and that will be amazing.”
Huntsman Springs spokeswoman Donna Johnson said the music isn’t the only reason to attend.
“This is a great event for people to come out to,” Johnson said. “We’ve got fun entertainment, food and everyone loves fireworks.“
The fireworks display is enhanced by the mountain setting.
“We’ll be nestled right next to the Tetons and the fireworks will be spectacular overhead,” he said. “The show is so well choreographed, it’s really like the fireworks are dancing to the music.”