What can be more thrilling, and American, than a Fourth of July holiday celebration with a cookout, picnic and fireworks?
Albuquerque is a very family oriented town, so if you live here or will be visiting, join in the fun all around town.
Albuquerque has a yearly event called “Freedom Fourth at Balloon Fiesta Park”. The International Balloon Fiesta held every October is an international event where balloonists come from all around the world to race, have fun and show off their wonderful custom balloons. This same field during the Fourth of July features live music, food, fun activities for the children, like face painting, jumpers and of course fireworks! Best of all admission is free! If you are a fan of American Idol come and see Casey James, a finalist in 2010. He will be on the main stage at 8 p.m. The gates open at 3 p.m. and the event runs from 4 to 10 p.m.
The Firecracker Cafe will be serving food at the event. You can purchase tickets; $30 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. The ticket includes a VIP entrance and parking, a BBQ Dinner, soft drink coupon and cash only bar. If you would like to purchase tickets call (505) 821-1000. Besides the Firecracker Cafe there will be an assortment of food vendors. Or, if the VIP ticket doesn’t fit into your budget at the moment, you can bring a blanket and pack a picket dinner. Coolers and baskets will be searched at the entry to the park and also before using the Park and Ride bus. Do not bring alcohol, glass, weapons, fireworks, open containers, drug paraphernalia or pets.
Parking at Balloon Fiesta Park is $10.00 but Park and Ride is available and free. The shuttle will run from St. Pius High School and the Coronado Mall. More information is available at the City of Albuquerque.
Are you an early to bed, early to rise person? How about a parade?
On Monday, July 4 the Rio Rancho Parade begins lining up at Country Club Drive at 9 a.m. and starts at 10 a.m. They will travel east down Southern Boulevard and it will end at the Veterans Monument Park located on Pinetree Road adjacent to the Esther Bone Memorial Library. There is a bike-decorating contest and everyone is encouraged to partake in the festivities. Bike registration will begin at 9 a.m. on the day of the parade in the Joe’s Pasta House restaurant parking lot, 3201 Southern Blvd. What a fun event for parents and their children to participate in as a family. Prizes will be awarded and helmets must be worn by all children. After the parade at the Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park on Pinetree Road, a ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. with guest speakers celebrating the 235th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
There’s more! Come and enjoy an outdoor family movie at Loma Colorado Park at 8:15 p.m. with an intermission at 9 p.m. so that everyone can share a climactic closing at the end of the day with a fireworks show at Rio Rancho High School football stadium. There is no admission fee. Alcohol and smoking are not allowed. Bring your chairs, blankets and picnic basket. For more information on available parking and times visit the City of Rio Rancho site at or call the Recreation and Community Services Department at (505) 891-5015.
Another great parade nearby is the Los Lunas parade which starts at 9 a.m. from Appaloosa Road across (east) from Smith’s Food Store on Hwy. 47 and heads west on Hwy 6 to City Hall. The route is approximately three miles long. What is more patriotic than a small town parade with local residents involved in all the fun? For more information visit their website at City of Los Lunas.
For those who would like to make a long weekend out of the Fourth, or to just get away to some cooler temperatures, you might want to venture out to the Madrid parade and celebration. Madrid, a small town on the scenic Turquoise Trail has a parade in which the whole town becomes involved. There is music and food with a hometown baseball game. For more information on the Madrid parade visit Turquoise Trail-Madrid.
Red River, further north has a parade that starts at 10:00 a.m. Afterwards go over to Brandenbury Park and have a picnic or join in the BBQ. Visit their website at Red River or call the Red River Visitor Center for more information, (575) 754-3030.
Come and see our Fourth of July celebrations here in New Mexico. From large city events to small town get togethers you won’t be disappointed. Happy Fourth of July America!