From the sizzle of sparklers to fireworks, the festive days around the 4th of July in Albuquerque are full of celebrations. Taste some of the best barbecue in the United States, find a parade and decorate a bike with flags to win a prize or see the largest fireworks display in New Mexico at Balloon Fiesta Park. Spend the day in a special way—take a road trip with family to Madrid or Santa Fe to watch the fireworks, head for the mountains for a picnic or catch a baseball game. And as the sun falls beneath the horizon, spread out a blanket beneath the sky to get a great view of the most dazzling show of the year and a spectacular end to a day of national celebration.
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If you want to spend a great evening with the family, get out to Isotopes Park for the all-American game of baseball followed by a fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day. On Wednesday, July 4, the Isotopes will play the Tacoma Rainiers, with the gates opening at 5:00 p.m. and the game starting at 7:05 p.m. 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 in Albuquerque, Freedom Fourth, this is a great alternative. Hurry, though, as tickets sell fast! The Isotopes also play against Tacoma on July 5, 6, 7, and 8.
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Free entertainment begins at 4 p.m. at Daniel Fernandez Park in the village of Los Lunas just south of Albuquerque for the annual Fourth of July event, but there will also be a parade at 9 a.m. along Main Street (Route 6) in downtown Los Lunas. There will be plenty of food sold at the event, or you can bring your own picnic, but ice coolers are no longer allowed at the park. Entertainment includes live music, games, activities, and a huge firework display starting at dusk. Entertainers in 2018 include local talents Black Pearl, Tylor Brandon, and Reviva.
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The annual celebration at the Balloon Fiesta field, Freedom 4th, is one of the largest Independence Day gatherings in the state. Headlined by Jo Dee Messina, this annual free event will take place on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, from 3 to 10 p.m. The event, hosted by the City of Albuquerque and presented by truehealth, also features a beer garden with local microbrews, free children's activities, a food court, and several other performances culminating in the largest fireworks display in the state.
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Located about two hours northeast of Albuquerque, the town of Las Vegas, New Mexico, celebrates the holiday with a multi-day event that begins on June 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Plaza Park. With a coronation reception and dance on June 29, a parade on June 30, Youth Day on July 2, and entertainment throughout the Fiestas de Las Vegas culminating with a firework show on July 4, there's plenty to do the entire weekend and week leading up to Independence Day this year.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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From June 29 through July 1, 2018, the 15th Annual Pork and Brew will return to the Santa Ana Star Center about 30 minutes north of Albuquerque. Over 50 competitors will gather from around the United States to cook-off for the chance to go to the national BBQ competition held in Kansas City each year. If you're a fan of southern barbecue, get out and taste some of the best 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 as well.
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Just over 20 minutes north of Albuquerque, the city of Rio Rancho 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.
The event takes place at Loma Colorado Park in Rio Rancho, and 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.
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, and spectators are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets.
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Located in Socorro, New Mexico Tech (NMT) hosts an annual outdoor festival featuring music, a water slide, jumpers, family activities, and NMT's famous fireworks display. It's free and takes place at Macey Center on New Mexico Tech's campus. There will be BBQ and food for sale, and guests are encouraged to bring your chairs, shade, and sunblock. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; performances start at 1 p.m. with Wise Fool New Mexico's "Backstage at the Circus" followed by The Cowboy Way, Ernestine Romero, and Suavecito and ending with Tobias Rene.
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Santa Fe has an annual tradition on July 4 that gives back to the community called Pancakes on the Plaza. Each year, the Santa Fe Rotary Club brings together communities around Santa Fe to celebrate our nation's birthday while raising money for those in need. For a low cost, you can enjoy plenty of pancakes and give to a good cause, and there is also a classic car show, children's activities, a silent auction, ongoing entertainment, and an arts and crafts show. Breakfast is served, children's activities take place, and silent auction bids are made at the event from 7 a.m. to noon, but the car show lasts until 1 p.m. and the Arts and Crafts show goes until 5 p.m.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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If you'd rather do something a little out of the ordinary for the weekend before the Fourth of July, the 25th Annual Santa Fe Wine Festival will take place on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, 2018, from noon to 6 p.m. both days. During the event, you can sample the latest and greatest batches of wine from 20 different New Mexico wineries, taste local foods, dance to live music, and browse some great arts and crafts for sale at a pop-up market. The annual festival takes place at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, and you can purchase tickets online so you can skip the line when you get there.
Before celebrating your 4th of July with fireworks, find out what kind of fireworks are legal in Albuquerque and in Bernalillo County.