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Celebrating the 4th across New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque area will offer a large range of patriotic celebrations this Independence Day – and it’s going to be a hot one.

Weather in Albuquerque will be sunny with a high in the mid-90s and northwest winds at 5 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 65, winds at 5 to 10 mph and a 5% chance of rain.

Residents and visitors can celebrate the Fourth of July with parades, baseball games, concerts, food, festivals and fireworks.

Here’s a list of area Independence Day events, as well as safety tips for this holiday.

Albuquerque events

Freedom 4th at Balloon Fiesta Park: music, food and beer vendors, and kids’ activities start at 3 p.m., with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band headlining. Largest fireworks show in the state starts at 9:15 p.m. Free admission.

Red, White and Balloons at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum starts at 5 p.m. Food trucks and a buffet, live music by Albuquerque Concert Band and Claudio Tolousse, hot air balloons and a view of the Freedom 4th fireworks. Tickets start at $10.

• The Albuquerque Isotopes host the Las Vegas Aviators at 6:35 p.m., with fireworks after the baseball game. Tickets start at $16.

Rio Rancho events

• A parade starts at 10 a.m. and will travel through the City Center area and near the Santa Ana Star Center. Free admission.

Fourth of July Extravaganza starts at 5 p.m. at Loma Colorado Park. Live music and food vendors. Fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. Free admission.

Corrales events

Parade starts 10 a.m. at Target Road and goes south through downtown. Free admission.

• Family Fun Day at La Entrada Park after the parade, with food, games and crafts. Free admission.

Stay safe this holiday weekend

The New Mexico Department of Transportation supports the “Take a Ride on Us” program to keep drivers safe. The program offers 1,200 Uber rides of up to $10 for up to two trips in the Bernalillo County metro area this weekend. Use the code ABQUSA19 in the Uber app. The Uber program runs through Sunday at 3 a.m.

Locals attending the Freedom 4th event in Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta Park may use park and ride buses at Cottonwood or Coronado malls.

AAA New Mexico will offer its free Tipsy Tow service to keep drinking drivers off the road this weekend. The service is available statewide from 6 p.m. today through 6 a.m. Friday. Drivers may call 1-800-222-4357 or 1-800-AAA-HELP for a free tow home of up to 10 miles. For rides longer than 10 miles, drivers should expect to pay the rate charged by the tow truck contractor.

Residents who plan to host their own fireworks displays should be aware of fireworks laws and restrictions in their areas. Parade and festival attendees should drink plenty of water and wear sun protection.

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