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.”
So with that, here are a few patriotic events to attend in and around Albuquerque to celebrate.
Friday, June 30th
Free Music, fireworks, and inflatables along with concessions. Fun for the whole family. Gates open at 4pm on Friday and again at 4pm on Saturday. Admission is free.
Celebrate Independence Day in Old Town with a free concert, shopping, great food, and more! 7-9 pm. Free.
Saturday, July 1st
Free music, fireworks, and inflatables along with concessions at Isotopes Park. Fun for the whole family. Gates open at 4pm on Friday and again at 4pm on Saturday. Admission is free.
Enjoy this three day (July 1-3) 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
Tuesday, July 4th
Celebrate Freedom 4th at the Ballon Fiesta Park! Join the City of Albuquerque for an amazing firework display along with lots of entertainment with over 25 food vendors, lots of kids activities, and country music legend Clint Black. 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.
Head out to Isotopes Ballpark where the Albuquerque Isotopes will take on the Sacramento River Cats on July 4th. Baseball, food, and fireworks? It doesn’t get more American than that. Admission is $7-$30.
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.
This annual parade begins at 10am. After the parade head to La Entrada Park for Family Fun Day. The fire department and local boy scouts will be serving food. There will also be games, crafts, and music. Admission is free.
Music begins at 9:30am on the steps in front of City Hall. 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.
Music, vendors, an outdoor movie, and fireworks at Loma Colorado Park. Music begins at 6pm. Fireworks are at 9pm. Admission is free.
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.