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Celebrate red, white and blue: Options abound for having a blast today — and tonight

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Simon Balkey & the Honky Tonk Crew will be part of Albuquerque’s Freedom Fourth.

Simon Balkey & the Honky Tonk Crew will be part of Albuquerque’s Freedom Fourth.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s Fourth of July, and like every year, Freedom Fourth will have food, music and fireworks.

The free event will be headlined by country singer Wynonna and the Big Noise at Balloon Fiesta Park.

The event begins at 3 today and will feature children’s activities, food vendors, a car show and a cultural stage. It’s a rain-or-shine event.

According to Rick De Reyes, ABQ Ride spokesman, there will be plenty of options for parking to alleviate traffic. One option is to ride your bike and take advantage of the free bike valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop.

And, due to the Paseo del Norte interchange project, traffic is expected to be very heavy, he says. Attendees are encouraged to use the Park & Ride service as dedicated bus lanes will make travel easier than driving your personal vehicle. If you take your personal vehicle to the event, expect delays, he says.

Los Lunas native El Gringo will be part of the festivities in Socorro.

Los Lunas native El Gringo will be part of the festivities in Socorro.

In addition, Jefferson Street will be completely closed north of Paseo del Norte to all traffic except buses.

Access to Balloon Fiesta Park will be available from Balloon Fiesta Parkway and the Frontage Road from the Tramway Road exit on I-25, and Balloon Museum Drive and Alameda Boulevard. Edith Boulevard will be completely closed north of Alameda to general traffic and will be reserved for residents and Firecracker Café pass holders.

De Reyes says the Park & Ride will cost $1 per adult for a round trip.

There will be two locations — at St. Pius High School and across the street at St. Joseph Drive NW when the St. Pius parking lot becomes full and an east side location will be at Coronado Center, west of Macy’s parking lot on San Pedro Drive.

Park & Ride service inbound to the park begins at 3 p.m. and will continue until 8 p.m. Limited outbound service to the two Park & Ride locations begins after 8 p.m. The bulk of the return trips to the two Park & Ride locations will begin immediately after the conclusion of the fireworks show, with the last bus leaving the park at 11 p.m.

Here are other holiday events in Albuquerque and surrounding areas:

Albuquerque

The United Veterans Council of New Mexico will sponsor a Fourth of July patriotic concert at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana SE, beginning at 5 today. The music and entertainment will be provided by the 44th Army Band of the New Mexico Army National Guard under the direction of 1st Sgt. Ralph Harris. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged but no fireworks will be permitted.

Baseball fans will be treated to a fireworks show after the Isotopes game against the Las Vegas 51s. The game begins at 6:05 tonight and the show will begin soon after the game.

Nosotros will perform during Santa Fe’s Fourth of July celebration at Santa Fe High.

Nosotros will perform during Santa Fe’s Fourth of July celebration at Santa Fe High.

There also will be a fireworks show presented after the 7:05 p.m. game on Saturday, July 5, against the Las Vegas 51s. Visit ticketmaster.com for more information.

Santa Fe

The City Different will host its annual Pancakes on the Plaza beginning at 7 a.m. and running until noon today. Later in the day, there will be music until 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the event. For more information, visit pancakesontheplaza.com.

Also, in Santa Fe there will be the annual fireworks display that takes place at Santa Fe High School. Doors open at 5 p.m. and admission is $1. There is a $5 parking fee. There will be music by Nosotros, Sol Fire, Space Hero and Miriam Kass. For more information, visit bgcsantafe.org.

Al Hurricane, left, and Al Hurricane Jr. will headline the show in Socorro.

Al Hurricane, left, and Al Hurricane Jr. will headline the show in Socorro.

Socorro

New Mexico Tech has just the ticket: The 22nd annual Fourth of July celebration on the grassy grounds of the campus north of Macey Center that’s free to all — and so is parking. The event will feature performances by Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane Jr., as well as El Gringo. The event begins at noon.

There also will be performances by Clan Tynker, Stasia Kerkmans, Mariam Funke, Suavecito and The Remedy.

Not Allowed at Freedom Fourth

Pets, alcoholic beverages, glass containers, weapons, fireworks, and open containers. You also cannot bring barbecue grills, camp stoves or other cooking devices or pop-up tents.

Allowed at Freedom Fourth

Sealed plastic containers, blankets, strollers, umbrellas, picnic food and small compact chairs. Coolers and picnic baskets are subject to search prior to loading onto the Park and Ride buses.

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