The Fourth of July wouldn't be a holiday without a parade. You'll find a Fourth of July parade taking place every year somewhere near Albuquerque. It's possible to make a morning of taking in a parade, and still having enough time to see a fireworks display.
If being in a parade is what you want to do, it's always possible to participate in a parade by signing on early enough, and the Rio Rancho parade encourages families to bring their decorated bikes and join in the fun.
Updated for 2016.
Corrales Fourth of July Parade
The parade begins at Target Road at 10 a.m. and proceeds south through downtown Corrales to La Entrada Park. The parade will extend south to the Post Office this year. You can see the whole parade anywhere along the route, beginning at Corrales Elementary School south to Double S Road. La Entrada Road will be closed at Corrales Road. Parking is available at the Rec center. After the parade, enjoy Family Fun Day at La Entrada Park. There will be food, local information and more. There will also be a water fight after the parade at the Corrales Rec Center. Parking in the downtown area is limited, so arrive early.
When: Parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4
Where: Corrales, along the main road
Las Vegas Fourth of July Fiestas
Las Vegas celebrates its 128th Fiesta this year! The three day event features a parade, a memorial run, and a memorial to veterans.
The parade begins at 9 a.m. on July 2, followed by entertainment which lasts through the evening and into the weekend, through July 4.
When: July 2, beginning at 9 a.m.; at 8:30 a.m. there will be music in the park
Where: Parade begins at 6th and Baca, in Plaza Park
Los Lunas Parade
The Fourth of July parade in Los Lunas begins at 9 a.m. at the Valencia Y (intersection of 47 and Main Street) and ends at City Hall at Main Street and Don Pasqual.
This parade always has a lot of one of my favorite animals, horses, and plenty of old fashioned fun. There will be decorated firetrucks, floats, and tons of candy thrown out to the kids.
When: 9 a.m. start July 4
Where: Begins at Main Street and Lambros Loop (the Y) and goes through Los Lunas to Main Street and San Pasqual.
Madrid July 4th Parade
There will be a parade beginning at noon at the south end of town, ending at the ballpark. There is a long standing tradition of a hometown baseball game at Oscar Huber Memorial Park. The game begins at 10 a.m. Hear live music in the Mine Shaft Tavern all day.
When: Parade starts at noon on July 4
Where: Madrid, on the Turquoise Trail
Mountainair Fourth of July Parade
Mountainair celebrates the spirit of America at its annual 4th of July firecracker jubilee. The fun begins with a community parade, followed by Fun in the Park for kids and street vendors. It all ends with a firecracker display and community dance. The annual Jubilee takes place at Chavez Memorial Park.
When: July 4
Where: Mountainair Chavez Memorial Park
Rio Rancho 4th of July Parade and Bike Decorating Contest
The city of Rio Rancho has a parade every year to celebrate this holiday. The parade starts at Country Club Drive and continues down Southern Boulevard, ending on Pinetree Road near the library and Veterans Park.
Get out to the parade to see classic cars, military organizations, but most importantly, the bike parade! Children and their parents are encouraged to decorate their bikes and join the parade and the bike decorating contest. Prizes for the best bike decorations will be awarded in different age categories: 5 to 7, 8 to 10 and 11 to 15. Think you might have the most patriotic or most original bike? Enter and see. Bike registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Bank of America parking lot, 3101 Southern Blvd. After the parade, a ceremony will mark the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, at Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park off Pinetree Road. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and will have several speakers. The annual Pork and Brew BBQ championship takes place too, July 2-4.
When: Parade has a 10 a.m. start, July 4
Where: From Country Club Drive to Southern Blvd., ending at Pinetree at Veterans Park.