How to Celebrate the 4th of July in Albuquerque

Have a Bang-Up New Mexico Celebration for Nation's Birthday

From the sizzle of sparklers to fireworks, the festive days around the Fourth of July 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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    Isotopes Park
    ••• Isotopes Park. Visit Albuquerque

    The Albuquerque Isotopes are away from town on the weekend leading up to the Fourth of July, but they make it home just in time to play Sacramento at 6:35 p.m. on the Fourth. You won't be able to get to a fireworks show in time, but you probably will see baseball's brand of them at Isotopes Park. Or watch most of the game on TV and then head out to see and hear bombs bursting in air. Or put together a team for some baseball of your own. It's a red, white and blue weekend full of special things to do.

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    Freedom 4th Fireworks
    ••• Freedom 4th Fireworks. Visit Albuquerque

    It's a whole lot of fun to wait until dark at the annual city fireworks display to celebrate America's independence. If you don't want to deal with the parking, there's always park and ride. You'll find food, entertainment, fun for the kids and plenty of space for a picnic dinner if that's part of your holiday agenda. The Microbrew Garden features local beer and wine, and Clint Black is the entertainment headliner; he performs from 8:15 to 9 p.m., just before the best fireworks display in all of New Mexico begins. Freedom 4th is free to all and goes on whatever the weather.

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    Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    ••• Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Greg Goebel/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    If you'd prefer t o avoid the large crowd at Balloon Fiesta Park, consider going to the Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum's special 4th of July celebration. From 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. om July 4th, you can enjoy the museum's expansive lawn for a picnic and perfect view of the fireworks.

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    14th Annual Pork & Brew BBQ State Championship

    Annual Pork & Brew Rio Rancho
    ••• Annual Pork & Brew Rio Rancho. Visit Rio Rancho

    For good fun, good brew and good barbecue, head on over to the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho July 1 through July 3 for the 14th annual Pork & Brew. The best barbecue vendors from across the United States show up at this event, where you can cure that ​jones you have for barbecue and wash it down with a tall cold one. There's also live music, dancing and cooking demonstrations that all serve as a warm-up before the Fourth of July.

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    4th of July Parades

    Fourth of July Bike
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    On holidays, there's nothing quite like a bit of old-fashioned fun. Find a parade outside town and make a day of it with a day trip to somewhere new. Or decorate your bike with flags and join the parade yourself. No matter which you choose, a parade is good, old-fashioned Fourth of July fun:


Fireworks Safety

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