Guide to Fourth of July in Albuquerque: Festivals, Events, Fireworks

Fireworks exploding over Albuquerque on July 4
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From the sizzle of sparklers to fireworks, the festive days around the Fourth of July in Albuquerque are full of celebrations. Taste some of the best barbecue in the United States, find a parade, or see the largest fireworks display in New Mexico at Balloon Fiesta Park.

If you want to visit other New Mexico cities for a real Southwestern experience, take a short road trip to Las Vegas, New Mexico, or the state capital of Santa Fe. There's plenty happening around July 4 to keep you busy in and around the Duke City.

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Attend the Huge Freedom 4th Celebration

Freedom 4th is canceled in 2020.

This free annual celebration at the Balloon Fiesta Field, Freedom 4th is one of the largest Independence Day gatherings in the state. 

Headlined by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, this annual free event will take place on Thursday, July 4, 2019, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event 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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Enjoy Music and Fireworks in Los Lunas

The Fourth of July Parade and festivities are canceled in 2020. Fireworks will be shot off at dusk on July 4, 2020, from Los Lunas Hill so locals can enjoy them from their home yards or a parked car.

In the Village of Los Lunas, the day is kicked off with a Fourth of July Parade at 9 a.m. at Lambros Loop and goes to Don Pasqual Road. 

Then, enjoy the festivities at Daniel Fernandez Memorial Park, Thursday, July 4, starting at 4 p.m. There's free live entertainment, food (you can bring a picnic but no ice chests), and activities for the whole family. 

The line-up of bands for 2019 includes:

  • Nathaniel Krantz Band
  • Nosotros
  • The Gershom Brothers
  • The Black Pearl Band of NM

The fireworks display starts at dusk. 

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Take in Isotopes Baseball and Fireworks

The Minor League Baseball 2020 season start has been postponed. Check the Albuquerque Isotopes webpage for the most up-to-date information.

To spend a memorable 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.

Thursday, July 4, 2019, the gates open at 5 p.m. and the game starts at 6:35 p.m. with the minor league Isotopes playing the Las Vegas Aviators. 

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Experience a New Mexican Fiesta

Las Fiestas de Las Vegas may be canceled in 2020. Check the official event webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Located about two hours northeast of Albuquerque, the town of Las Vegas, New Mexico, celebrates the holiday with a multi-day event July 4–7, 2019. With a Fourth of July fireworks display, coronation reception and dance, a parade, Youth Day, and entertainment throughout the Fiestas de Las Vegas, the festivities' theme this year is "Vida, Tradicion y Cultura La Celebracion de Nuestra Senora de Los Dolores" (Life, Tradition, and Culture - the Celebration of our Our Lady of Sorrows).

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Savor the Pork and Brew BBQ Cook-Off

Pork & Brew is canceled in 2020.

From July 5–7, 2019, the 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, live music, and arts and crafts vendors. There will also be kid’s watermelon and adult pie eating contests twice daily.

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Head to Rio Rancho for Fireworks

The Rio Rancho fireworks show is canceled in 2020.

Just over 20 minutes north of Albuquerque, the city of Rio Rancho puts on a fireworks display for the Fourth of July. If you live on the west side and don't want to face the crowds of the Freedom 4th 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. on July 4, 2019, 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 and there will be 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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Get Away to Socorro for New Mexico Tech's Event

The New Mexico Tech festival and Independence Day parade are canceled in 2020. A fireworks show will be shot off from M Mountain for spectators to enjoy from their home yards or parked cars.

Located in Socorro, New Mexico Tech (NMT) hosts an annual outdoor festival featuring music, a water slide, jump houses, 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 chairs, hats for shade, and sunblock. The event takes place on July 4, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with performances starting at 1 p.m. 

New in 2019 is a parade to open the day, starting at 10 a.m. at the Historic Plaza, going down California Street, up Bullock Street, and ending at the music venue, Macey Center.

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Delve Into Pancakes on the Plaza

Pancakes on the Plaza is canceled in 2020.

Santa Fe has an annual charity event on July 4 called Pancakes on the Plaza that is a long-standing tradition. 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 eat plenty of pancakes and give to a good cause, enjoy the classic car show, children's activities, a silent auction, entertainment, and the 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.

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Taste New Mexico Wines

The 2020 Santa Fe Wine Festival is postponed to a later date. Check the official event webpage for the most up-to-date information.

If you'd rather do something a little out of the ordinary for the weekend after the Fourth of July, the Annual Santa Fe Wine Festival will take place on Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7, 2019, from noon to 6 p.m. both days.

During the event, you can sample wines from 20 different New Mexico wineries, taste local foods, dance to live music, and browse some great arts and crafts for sale. 

The annual festival takes place at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, living history museum which is always interesting to explore. 

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Run Four Miles on the Fourth

Four Miles on the Fourth is canceled in 2020.

Kick off your Fourth of July with a flat and fun four-mile road race. At this family-friendly event, you're encouraged to show up in your best red, white, and blue outfit for the start of the race at 7:30 a.m. 

The start and finish is at Mariposa Basin Park at 4900 Kachina Street in northwest Albuquerque.

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