New Mexico will mark July 4 with parades, fireworks and barbecue - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico will mark July 4 with parades, fireworks and barbecue

Expect live music, fireworks galore and plenty of parades as New Mexico celebrates America’s 240th birthday. Here’s a look at some area festivities.


This year’s Freedom Fourth, held annually on July 4 at Balloon Fiesta Park, is set to include live music by Lonestar, the Albuquerque Boy’s Choir and three other groups.

Free children’s activities include face painting, climbing walls and inflatables. Dozens of food vendors will be on site, and participants can imbibe at a beer garden featuring drinks from 14 breweries, wineries and distilleries.

Live music starts at 3 p.m.

The state’s largest fireworks display will follow Lonestar’s performance, scheduled for 7:45 to 9:15 p.m.

Admission is free, but parking is $10. Park and Ride is available from Cottonwood and Coronado malls at $1 for adults and 35 cents for seniors, students and handicapped people. Children under 9 ride for free. Rides are available to the park from 3 to 8 p.m., and return trips are available from 8 to 11 p.m.

A bike valet will safely store all bicycles at no cost.

For more event information, go to


Rio Rancho

Pork & Brew returns to Rio Rancho for the 13th year, bringing with it barbecue, beer, music, family activities, pig races and a petting zoo.

The event, held at the Santa Ana Star Center, 3001 Civic Center Circle, begins today and continues through Monday. Doors are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for active-duty military, children ages 4 to 12 and seniors.

As meat fans and beer drinkers enjoy all that Pork & Brew has to offer, the Rio Rancho Independence Day Parade on July 4 will meander through the city center along King Boulevard and Civic Center Circle at 10 a.m.

A bike decorating contest is open to children ages 5 to 15 who will participate in the parade before prizes in three age groups are awarded.

The Veterans Monument Organization will hold a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Culminating a day of celebration is a 9:15 p.m. fireworks show. The best view is from Loma Colorado Park, 735 Loma Colorado Blvd., where live music will start at 6 p.m. The show is free, but parking in nearby lots costs $5.

For more information on Rio Rancho’s July Fourth events, visit For Pork & Brew information, go to or get event updates at

Los Lunas

Los Lunas begins its Fourth of July celebrations with a 9 a.m. parade on Main Street from the Valencia Y to Village Hall.

Live music at Daniel Fernandez park begins at 4 p.m. Play games and participate in other family activities into the evening and stay for the fireworks, scheduled to start at dusk.


Corraleños will line village streets for the annual Corrales Fourth of July Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. at Target Road. The parade, full of critters, local clubs and music groups, will continue south along Corrales Road to Double S Road.

A post-parade Family Fun Day will take place at La Entrada Park. Firefighters and Boy Scouts will serve food, and local organizations will set up informational booths.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe celebrates the Fourth of July chowing down on pancakes to help those in need.

Pancakes on the Plaza takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $8 on the day of the feast or $7 in advance. They’re available at several local banks and credit unions. Proceeds go to nonprofit organizations.

Along with pancakes aplenty, the Plaza event features a coloring contest for kids, vintage cars on display and an arts and crafts fair.


A group of 20 will become American citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Bandelier National Monument.

The park will host the annual ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m. and includes refreshments and a color guard.

The ceremony is free to attend, but visitors must pay the regular park entrance fee. A free shuttle is available from the White Rock Visitor Center and Juniper Campground.


Spend the afternoon cooling off with water balloon fights and other activities at Bernalillo’s Summer Splash.

Rotary Park will fill with water-based activities Monday afternoon.

The free event takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. and includes free hotdogs and firefighters ready to spray the crowd with fire hoses.


Plactitas’ Fourth of July parade is all about small-town fun, Jennise Phillips of the Chamber of Commerce said.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. near Placitas High School and winds along N.M. 165 through the village.

Expect patriotic songs, horses, floats featuring local groups along with vintage cars and an appearance by the Fire Brigade.

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