Area residents have a number of choices when planning their Fourth of July celebration.
San Felipe Casino Hollywood will get a jump on Independence Day by hosting a free fireworks show at sundown today. Guests can also enjoy food and drink specials and a live music performance by Rude Boyz in the casino’s showroom. The casino is at 25 Hagen Road in Algodones, about midway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe off Interstate 25.
• Live music, family fun, tasty food and beverages, microbrew beers, a car show and a huge fireworks display will highlight Freedom Fourth from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at Balloon Fiesta Park.
Admission to the park is free; parking is $10 per vehicle. Organizers are urging attendees to leave plenty of time to get to the event because of construction on the Paseo del Norte/I-25 interchange. Alternatives to getting to the park include the city’s $1 Park & Ride service and valet parking for bicycles at the North Diversion Channel Bike Path.
Main Stage entertainment begins at 4 p.m. and concludes with an 8 p.m. performance by country singer Wynonna. The fireworks begin at 9:20 p.m.
Free performances at the park’s Second Stage will include Irish music, Polynesian and Flamenco dances, and other acts from 4 to 8 p.m.
• The New Mexico National Guard’s 44th Army Band will perform a free Fourth of July concert at 5 p.m. Friday at New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana SE. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged, but no fireworks will be permitted.
• A fireworks display will follow Friday’s baseball game between the Albuquerque Isotopes and the Las Vegas 51s, which starts at 6:05 p.m. Isotopes Park is at 1601 Avenida César Chávez SE. Postgame fireworks will also follow Saturday’s doubleheader.
• Rio Rancho’s Fourth of July parade starts at 10 a.m. Friday, heading east from Country Club Drive down Southern Boulevard to Pinetree Road and the Veterans Monument Park.
• Bernalillo’s Independence Day celebration is scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at Rotary Park. There will be entertainment, food, water games and water slides.
• Corrales’ annual Fourth of July parade starts at Target Road at 10 a.m. and proceeds south through the business district to La Entrada Road. After the parade, a Family Fun Day is planned in La Entrada Park, where the fire department and Boy Scouts will serve food, and local community organizations will have booths set up.