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Enchanted Fourth: Fireworks, parades, music among festivities planned across New Mexico

The crowd at the Freedom Fourth celebration at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque cheer the fireworks show on July 4, 2015. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

The crowd at the Freedom Fourth celebration at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque cheer the fireworks show on July 4, 2015. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

The New Mexico sky will be filled with sparks of color in celebration of Independence Day during various events throughout the state during the July Fourth weekend.

Parades, music and even a pool party are some of the fun that will be part of these festivities, in addition to fireworks displays around the Land the Enchantment.

The largest celebration in the state will be Albuquerque’s annual Freedom Fourth on Monday, July 4, at Balloon Fiesta Park. Get ready to two-step and kick up your boots to the music of country hitmakers, Lonestar. The group out of Nashville, Tenn., is best-known for its country ballads “I’m Already There” and “Amazed,” as well as its rocking “No News.”

Country hit-makers Lonestar will headline Freedom Fourth on Monday, July 4, at Balloon Fiesta Park. (Courtesy of City of Albuquerque website)

Country hit-makers Lonestar will headline Freedom Fourth on Monday, July 4, at Balloon Fiesta Park. (Courtesy of City of Albuquerque website)

The music lineup also features Kyle Martin, Cowboys & Indian and the Albuquerque Boy Choir, according to a city of Albuquerque news release. A car show and children’s activities also will be part of the free celebration. Thirty food vendors and a microbrew garden with selections from numerous New Mexico breweries as well as St. Clair Winery, Broken Trail Distillery (formerly Distillery 365) and Left Turn Distilling will curb eventgoers’ hunger and thirst.

Those who want to celebrate with a catered meal with a great view of the main stage and premium parking can purchase tickets to the Firecracker Cafe. The ticket cost includes a catered meal by Taste of the Wild Catering featuring a buffet.

Guests also have access to private indoor restrooms and a shade tent. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for ages 4-12, and admission is free for children ages 3 and younger, according to a city news release.

Those who would rather plant themselves on the rolling hills outside the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum can enjoy the “Red, White and Balloons” event from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday with a patriotic music performance by the Albuquerque Concert Band. At dusk, enjoy a balloon glow. Tickets for lawn seating are $10 for ages 12 and older, with free admission for ages 11 and younger.

You also can reserve an outdoor table for $10 more. Those who want to beat the heat and enjoy the show from the comfort of the museum can be part of the “Stars-N-Stripes” dinner catered by The Cooperage restaurant. Tickets for the indoor dinner and gallery viewing are $25 per person. Tickets for “Red, White and Balloons” and the “Stars-N-Stripes” dinner are available at balloonmuseum.com.

Baseball fans can also catch a cool fireworks display at Isotopes Park on Monday. The Albuquerque Isotopes will take on the El Paso Chihuahuas at 7:05 p.m. followed by fireworks presented by U.S. Bank. For tickets and information, visit abqisotopes.com.

Alamogordo

The city of Alamogordo will host its 38th annual Fireworks Extravaganza on Monday, July 4, at the New Mexico Museum of Space History.

This year’s show honors Gene Roddenberry, the creator of “Star Trek.” Roddenberry is scheduled to be inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in October. Tailgating in the museum parking lot is allowed.

Propane grills and sparklers are welcome. Charcoal grills and personal fireworks are not allowed, according to a news release from the museum.

Gleewood, a southern New Mexico favorite, will perform classic rock and country along with a few originals beginning at 7 p.m. The fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m., weather permitting. For more information, call 877-333-6589 or visit nmspacemuseum.org.

David Poulin, front left, plays in a band of historical re-enactors marching on Corrales Road during last year’s Fourth of July parade in Corrales. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

David Poulin, front left, plays in a band of historical re-enactors marching on Corrales Road during last year’s Fourth of July parade in Corrales. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

Corrales

A family-friendly parade is a great way to celebrate July Fourth in Corrales. Starting at 10 a.m. Monday, cool horses, cars, musicians and more will go through the heart of Corrales during its annual parade.

This year’s route has expanded and will begin at Corrales Elementary School, 200 Target Road, and run south to Double S Road by the post office. La Entrada will be closed at Corrales Road. Parking will be available at the Corrales Recreation Center, 500 Jones Road. For more information, visit facebook.com/corralesjuly4.

L as Cruces

Head down south for weekend festivities that begin with the Electric 5K Fun Run down Church and Water streets at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, July 3. Visit lascrucesrunningclub.com for details.

Tony Toni Toné will perform on Monday, July 4, during a Fourth of July celebration in Las Cruces. (Courtesy of Tony Toni Toné website)

Tony Toni Toné will perform on Monday, July 4, during a Fourth of July celebration in Las Cruces. (Courtesy of Tony Toni Toné website)

The Electric Light Parade will wind down Main Street and downtown Las Cruces at 9 p.m. Sunday. Staging will be at 700 N. Main Street in front of City Hall. The route runs from Church Street and ends on north Main Street, according to the city’s website.

The big celebration will be held Monday at The Field of Dreams, 2501 Tashiro Drive. Activities, local band performances and the opening of the vendor area happens at 4 p.m. Jam to the party sounds of R& B/soul sensations, Tony Toni Toné at 7 p.m., followed by a performance by county singer Jo Dee Messina at 8:30 p.m. The mayor’s welcome begins at 10 p.m., followed by the fireworks display at 10:30 p.m. For information, visit las-cruces.org.

Jemez Springs

About an hour north of Albuquerque lies the cool mountain village of Jemez Springs.

Celebrate with a patriotic two-mile run, led by former Olympian Olga Appell, between the village’s community park and the Fitzgerald Center beginning at 8 a.m. Monday. Runners can register by calling 575-829-4105.

At 10 a.m., enjoy an old-fashioned parade full of floats decorated around the theme “Those Who Serve.” The parade will run along N.M. 4 from the Community Park to Fitzgerald Center.

After the parade, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be music on the plaza gazebo, arts and crafts vendors, food and drink vendors and children’s activities, according to an event news release.

At 2 p.m., ducks give it their all during the annual Jemez Duck Race. Numbered ducks, which are purchased in advance, are released into the Jemez River. The owner of the first duck to cross the finish line wins $100, second place wins $75 and third place receives $50.

Hummingbird Music Camp will perform a concert of patriotic music beginning at 7 p.m., followed by the fireworks show at 9 p.m. Giggling Springs will host a pool party beginning at 8 p.m. for $40 per person. For information, visit jemezsprings-nm.gov.

Eventgoers dance and celebrate during a past July Fourth event in Socorro. (Courtesy of the New Mexico Performing Arts Series)

Eventgoers dance and celebrate during a past July Fourth event in Socorro. (Courtesy of the New Mexico Performing Arts Series)

Socorro

A short drive south of Albuquerque is a celebration featuring music, a circus troupe and a fireworks display on Monday on the grassy grounds north of Macey Center, 1 Olive Lane, on the New Mexico Tech campus.

Starting the event at 10 a.m. will be a parade from the plaza to Socorro’s main street, California Street, to Macey Center. At noon, Wise Fool New Mexico’s “Backstage at the Circus” entertainment troupe will perform its family-friendly variety show before strolling the grounds with stilts and giant puppets, according to an event news release.

The entertainment lineup starts with the Socorro Community Band at 11 a.m. The band will perform a concert of traditional Independence Day tunes. Singer Tori Murillo, of Socorro; singer and songwriter Doug Figgs, singer Tanya Griego will keep eventgoers entertained throughout the day.

The music lineup wraps up with New Mexico music makers Darren Cordova y Calor at 6 p.m., followed by the rock band Suavecito at 8:15 p.m. The fireworks display begins after dark. For information, visit nmtpas.org/current-season.

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