Put on your party hat and get out the sparklers; the Fourth of July is here. No other holiday brings so many people together to look up and enjoy what's in the sky. Find out where to see fireworks, and whether or not there's a parade near you (there probably is). If you're so inclined, you might even want to participate in that All-American pastime, and take in a baseball game. Whatever you decide to do, enjoy your Fourth!
Updated for 2014
Tipsy Tow Service: Stay Safe
AAA New Mexico will be available for 30 hours over the holiday, to ensure only sober drivers are on the road. The free program will be available from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 through midnight, Thursday, July 4. Call 1-800-222-4357 or 1-800-AAA-HELP for a free tow home for up to 10 miles. Tell AAA operators "I need a Tipsy Tow" and get a ride home along with your towed car. Restrictions apply.
If you've never been to one of the big fireworks events before, you might want to consider some advance preparation. Be sure to take a blanket(s) for a picnic spot, or umbrellas, water bottles, sunscreen, and hat. If you're on a budget, take your own dinner in a cooler. Get there early to avoid the lines, and if you have kids, get there early so they have time to enjoy the jumping structures and climbing wall. There are a lot of activities for the kids at these events, so get out before dinner when the crowds are thinner and the kids won't have to wait in long lines. If you have young ones, take a stroller or a wagon. And whatever you do, don't forget the camera!
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Get out to Isotopes Park for the all American game of baseball. The Isotopes play the Las Vegas 51s, with the gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and the game starting at 6:05 p.m. on July 4. After the game is over, stay to enjoy the fireworks display. If you don't want to face the crowds of the big fireworks event, Freedom Fourth, then this is a great alternative. Hurry, though, for the 4th event, as tickets sell fast! There will also be fireworks after the evening game on Saturday, July 5.
Los Lunas Fireworks
Free entertainment begins at 4 p.m. at Daniel Fernandez Park, located at 1103 Highway 314. There will be plenty of food sold at the event, or you can bring your own picnic. Fireworks start at dusk. Entertainment includes live music, inflatable jumpers, a home run derby and a men's softball game. Fireworks start at dusk. See the parade at 9 a.m. along Main Street (Route 6).
Las Vegas Fourth of July Fiestas
Las Vegas celebrates its 126th Fiesta this year! The three day event features a parade, a memorial run, and a memorial to veterans. On July 4, there will be a Fiesta Mass and at 8 p.m., a street dance for everyone. The parade begins at 9 a.m. on July 5, followed by entertainment, a watermelon eating contest and more. At 8 p.m., the street dance continues. There will be plenty of entertainment, fun for the kids, and a Fiesta Queen. Governor Susana Martinez will be the Grand Marshall of the parade. It's happening July 5, beginning at 9 a.m.; at 8:30 a.m. Parade begins at 6th and Baca, in Plaza Park.
Rio Rancho Fireworks Event
The city of Rio Rancho always puts on a fireworks display for the 4th of July. If you live on the west side and don't want to face the crowds of the Freedom Fourth event put on by the City of Albuquerque, this display is a wonderful alternative.
Go to the Rio Rancho High School football stadium to watch the display. The high school is located at 301 Loma Colorado in Rio Rancho. There will be parking available at the high school, the adjacent Rio Rancho Aquatic Center, Loma Colorado library, and Loma Colorado Park, for $5 per vehicle, with proceeds to benefit the Rio Rancho High School and Sue Cleveland High School booster clubs. Handicapped parking is available.
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In addition to live music, there will be food available for purchase at the stadium snack bar. There will be plenty of activities for the kids.
The event is alcohol free and subject to weather. Entry to the Fireworks and movie event is free. For more information, call (505) 891-5015.
Socorro Fireworks, Concert and Celebration
The outdoor festival features music, a water slide, jumpers, family activities and New Mexico Tech's famous fireworks display. It's free and takes place at Macey Center on New Mexico Tech's campus. For 2014, hear Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane Jr., The Remedy, Sauvecito, the Socorro Community Band, Stasia & Mariam and El Gringo. Clan Tynker will also entertain with juggling and magic. There will be BBQ and food for sale. Bring your chairs, shade and sunblock.
Other Fourth of July Events
Pancakes on the Plaza
Santa Fe has an annual tradition on July 4 that gives back to the community. The Santa Fe Rotary Club features Pancakes on the Plaza, which brings together communities around Santa Fe to celebrate our nation's birthday while providing proceeds to those in need. Purchase tickets ahead for a discount, or on July 4th at the event. Enjoy plenty of pancakes and give to a good cause. There is also a classic car show, children's activities, a silent auction, ongoing entertainment and an arts and crafts show. Enjoy a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. - noon, on the Plaza.
Pork and Brew
Over 50 BBQ competitors from around the U.S. will be competing for the chance to go to the nationals held in Kansas City. Get out and taste some of the best BBQ there is in the parking lot of the Santa Ana Star Center. There will be activities for the kids as well as arts and crafts vendors. Pork and Brew takes place July 4 - 6.
Santa Fe Wine Festival
The annual festival takes place at El Rancho de las Golondrinas on July 5 and 6. Celebrate New Mexico's wines while enjoying live music, food, traditional agricultural products and arts and crafts for sale.
Find other July Festivals in the Albuquerque area.