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!
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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!
Get out to Isotopes Park for the all-American game of baseball. The Isotopes play the El Paso Chihuahuas, with the gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and the game starting at 7:05 p.m. on Monday, 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, as tickets sell fast! The Isotopes also play against El Paso on July 5 and 6.
The annual celebration at the Balloon Fiesta field, Freedom Fourth, celebrates the day and ends with fireworks.
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. Entertainment includes live music, games and activities, and a Battle of the Bands. 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 with a multi-day event that begins June 17. On July 2, enjoy a parade, a carnival, and a memorial to veterans. Sparx will be the featured entertainers that night. On July 3, there will be a carnival, young talent, and Al Hurricane, Jr. at 2 p.m. On July 4, the carnival continues and there will be live music all day long. At dusk, enjoy fireworks.
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 Loma Colorado Park 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 booster club.
Handicapped parking is available.
The stadium will open at 6 p.m. and the fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m.
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. There is no admission fee to enjoy the show. Spectators are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets.
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.
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 2016, hear Revelation, Tory Morillo Band, Tanya Griego Band, Doug Figgs and the Cowboy Way, Sauvecito and more.
Wise Fool will also entertain with circus arts. There will be BBQ and food for sale. Bring your chairs, shade, and sunblock. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is free.
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. Tickets are $7 in advance or $8 on July 4.
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 take place July 2 - 4.
The annual festival takes place at El Rancho de las Golondrinas on July 2 and 3. Celebrate New Mexico's wines while enjoying live music, food, traditional agricultural products and arts and crafts for sale. The festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. both days. Purchase tickets online and skip the line.
Find other July Festivals in the Albuquerque area.