Guide to July 4th in Albuquerque

Three cheers for the red, white, and blue! It’s time to get out the sparklers and fire up the grill because July 4th is right around the corner. I love the way our country celebrates our independence with get-togethers and family and community events. It says a lot about us as Americans. Erma Bombeck says it best: 

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”

Guide to 4th of July | Albuquerque Moms BlogSo with that, here are a few patriotic events to attend in and around Albuquerque to celebrate in 2018.

Friday, June 29th

Isotopes Park Freedom Celebration

Free music, fireworks, family fun, and gospel message. Gates open at 5pm on Friday and again at 5pm on Saturday. Admission is free

15th Annual Pork and Brew BBQ State Championship

Enjoy this three day (June 29-July 1) festival at the Santa Ana Star Center with the best barbecue and beer vendors around. This event is family friendly with a petting zoo, pig races, cooking demos, face painting, inflatables, eating contests, and live music. Admission: $6, 65+ $4; Kids 4-12 $4; Kids 3 & Under Free

Saturday, June 30

Isotopes Park Freedom Celebration

Free music, fireworks, family fun, and gospel message. Gates open at 5pm on Friday and again at 5pm on Saturday. Admission is free

15th Annual Pork and Brew BBQ State Championship

Enjoy this three day (June 29-July 1) festival at the Santa Ana Star Center with the best barbecue and beer vendors around. This event is family friendly with a petting zoo, pig races, cooking demos, face painting, inflatables, eating contests, and live music. Admission: $6, 65+ $4; Kids 4-12 $4; Kids 3 & Under Free

The 25th Annual Santa Fe Wine Festival

Celebrate your freedom with wine and food samples, live music, unique arts and crafts, and New Mexico history. This event is held at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas on June 20 and July 1 from noon-6pm. Adult admission: $18; Youth admission: $5; Kids 12 and under are free

Sunday, July 1

15th Annual Pork and Brew BBQ State Championship

Enjoy this three day (June 29-July 1) festival at the Santa Ana Star Center with the best barbecue and beer vendors around. This event is family friendly with a petting zoo, pig races, cooking demos, face painting, inflatables, eating contests, and live music. Admission: $6, 65+ $4; Kids 4-12 $4; Kids 3 & Under Free

The 25th Annual Santa Fe Wine Festival

Celebrate your freedom with wine and food samples, live music, unique arts and crafts, and New Mexico history. This event is held at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas on June 20 and July 1 from noon-6pm. Adult admission: $18; Youth admission: $5; Kids 12 and under are free

Wednesday, July 4th 

10th Annual Rhythm, Blues, & BBQ Festival

The African American Museum and Cultural Center of New Mexico hosts this fundraiser at Mr. Powdrell’s Barbeque House. It includes live music, a kids corner, and a beer garden from 11am-5pm. Adult plate: $20; Child’s plate: $5; Admission (no food): $5

Freedom 4th

Celebrate Freedom 4th at Balloon Fiesta Park! Join the City of Albuquerque for an amazing fireworks display along with lots of entertainment: food and beverage vendors, kids activities, and country music singer Jo Dee Messina. The celebration starts at 3pm and ends at 10pm.  Beat the traffic by taking the Park and Ride to and from the park. Admission is free.

Albuquerque Isotopes Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza

Head out to Isotopes Ballpark where the Albuquerque Isotopes will take on theTacoma Rainiers on July 4th. Baseball, food, and fireworks? It doesn’t get more American than that. Admission is $16-$28.

Red, White & Balloons

Celebrate July 4th at the Balloon Museum with food trucks, lawn activities, a cash bar, music, a balloon glow, and a great view of the fireworks show. Gates open at 5pm. Admission for adults is $10. Children 11 and younger are free. 

Corrales 4th of July Parade

This annual parade begins at 10am at Target Road. After the parade head to La Entrada Park for Family Fun Day. The fire department and local boy scouts will be selling food. There will also be games, crafts, and music. Admission is free. 

Pancakes on the Plaza (Santa Fe)

The Santa Fe Rotary Club sponsors this yearly event that raises money for those in need. Advance tickets are $8. Tickets at the door are $10. 

Rio Rancho Independence Day Parade and Bike Decorating Contest

The parade begins at 10am near Santa Ana Star Center. As part of the parade, children and their parents are encouraged to participate by riding decorated bicycles. Bike registration will begin at 9 a.m. on the day of the parade in the upper parking lot just southwest of the Santa Ana Star Center. Prizes are awarded for best bike decorations. Admission is free. 

Rio Rancho Fireworks Extravaganza

Music, vendors, an outdoor movie, and fireworks at Loma Colorado Park. Music begins at 6pm. Fireworks are at 9pm. Admission is free. 

Los Lunas Fourth of July Celebration

A July 4th parade begins at 9am. Then at Daniel Fernandez Memorial Park at 4:00 pm, enjoy live entertainment, great food, a battle of the bands, and activities for the whole family. Fireworks begin at dusk. Admission is free. 

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