Albuquerque and New Mexico Fourth of July Free Events 2014

July 2, 2014 by  
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New Mexico Fourth of JulyTime to celebrate our freedom with these Independence Day events in and around Albuquerque. Plus some New Mexico Fourth of July events if you feel like going on a trip…

The big 2014 Freedom Fourth party at Balloon Fiesta Park is indeed FREE! (Although there is a parking fee – check out the details below).

Other New Mexico Fourth of July freebie celebrations are in Rio Rancho, Corrales, Madrid, and further afield around the state.  So let’s (erm) go forth: Bring on the fireworks, flags, and fun!

 

Freedom Fourth – Albuquerque – Friday July 4, 2014

  • Gates open at 3 pm with free admission for all! Freedom Fourth is held at Balloon Fiesta Park, and live entertainment includes five-time Grammy winner, country music star Wynonna Judd at 8 pm. Leading up to that headline act,  you can hear OnQ Chorus (4 pm), Sim Balkey & the Honky Tonk Crew (4:45 pm), Joanie and Combo Special (5:45 pm) and Rudy Boy Experiment (6:45 pm). At 7:45 pm, Manzano Day School will perform the national anthem.
  • Other Freedom Fourth fun includes a car show, kids’ activities, and a cultural stage with entertainment ranging from Irish music and Polynesian dancing to Flamenco.  A microbrew beer garden and food vendors will keep everyone refreshed. Of course, this all culminates in the fireworks display after dark.
  • Parking is $10…  You could save cash (and possibility your sanity) by taking the Park & Ride for $1 round trip; 35c for seniors aged 62+ and children. Kids aged 9 and under ride free.  Take exact change and bus passes aren’t accepted for Park & Ride. Westside pick up is St. Pius High School, eastside is  Coronado Center at the northwest corner on San Pedro, starting at 3 pm until 8 pm to go to the event.
  • There are quite a few “thou shalt nots” at Freedom Fourth – such as don’t take alcohol (although alcohol is available to purchase), so check the City of Albuquerque Freedom Fourth page for the event schedule and info on what you can and can’t take.

Rio Rancho Holiday Parade and Fireworks – Friday July 4

  • Bike Decorating Contest registration starts at 9 am – open to kids and adults with prizes for the kids contest only (natch!) for best decorated, most patriotic, and most original bikes! Register free at the Bank of America parking lot, 3101 Southern Blvd, then join the parade (children must wear a helmet).
  • The Rio Rancho Holiday Parade starts at 10 am, heading east from Country Club Drive down Southern Boulevard, and concluding on Pinetree Road near the Esther Bone Memorial Library and the Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park.
  • A Declaration of Independence ceremony follows at the Veterans Monument Park, starting at around 11 am.
  • Free fireworks at the Rio Rancho High School football stadium start at around 9 pm – but the stadium opens at 6 pm.

Madrid Fourth of July Parade on the Turquoise Trail starts at noon on July 4, and if you want to watch a baseball game first, get to the Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark for 10 am.

Corrales Fourth of July Parade and Fun Day starts with the parade at 10 am (from Target Road) and ends at La Entrada Park for the family fun day.

Other New Mexico Fourth of July Events:

If you’re planning to travel around the state, check out these other mostly free New Mexico Fourth of July celebrations.  See each link for more details. (Please bear in mind that depending on weather and fire conditions, firework events may be subject to change. Call ahead before setting off on a long road trip.)

  • Alomogordo The Made in America Fourth of July Parade starts at 10 am, with Freedom Faith fireworks in the evening.
  • Cloudcroft Parade at 2 pm on July 4, followed by various community events.
  • Clovis Smoke on the Water fireworks display follows music concerts in the afternoon
  • Farmington Freedom Days with various events and entertainment run from July 3 – 6. Highlights for July 4 are the Electric Light Parade at 9 pm, and day events including Party in the Park entertainment, a pizza-eating contest, water balloon fight, live music, and a skateboarding competition.
  • Las Cruces Electric Light Parade on July 3 at 9 pm. On July 4, entertainment includes music by Don McLean (American Pie!) and a Beatles tribute band, followed by fireworks.
  • Red River 4th of July Parade at 10 am, followed by live music in Brandenburg Park, with activities for kids and the annual Egg Toss & family games.
  • Santa Fe The Fourth of July fireworks return to Santa Fe High School this year. The event starts at 5 pm with musical entertainment, and they request a $5 parking donation.  The Santa Fe Pancakes on the Plaza fundraiser event ($8, or $7 for advance tickets) takes place as usual in the Plaza from 7 am to noon, with activities and entertainment and, yes, pancakes.
  • Silver City Parade on July 4, followed by an Ice Cream Social, free games for kids, a cakewalk, and live music concerts.
  • Socorro Free Fourth of July festival and entertainment including Al Hurricane & Al Hurricane Jr., El Gringo, and Clan Tynker, all followed by fireworks.
  • Arroyo Seco and Taos The Fourth of July Parade in Arroyo Seco starts at around noon but arrive in good time, you may have to park a little away from the village.  The evening fireworks in Taos start at around 9 pm.
  • Taos Ski Valley Fourth of July Parade starts at 2 pm, the annual Rubber Duck Race is at 3 pm, and the Taos Mountain Summer Music Series from 3 pm to 6 pm offers music from Brent Berry y Tambien, plus volleyball & kiddie play area.

Plenty of places to celebrate a very New Mexico Fourth of July…. completely free or on the cheap! Happy Independence Day!

–Tania


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Albuquerque and New Mexico Fourth of July Free Events 2013

July 1, 2013 by  
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New Mexico Fourth of JulyTime to celebrate our freedom with these Independence Day events in and around Albuquerque. Plus some New Mexico Fourth of July events if you feel like going on a trip…

The big 2013 Freedom Fourth party at Balloon Fiesta Park is indeed FREE! (Although there is a parking fee – check out the details below).

Other New Mexico Fourth of July freebie celebrations are in Rio Rancho, Corrales, Madrid, and further afield around the state.  So let’s (erm) go forth: Bring on the fireworks, flags, and fun!

 

Freedom Fourth – Albuquerque – Thursday July 4, 2013

  • Gates open at 3 pm with free admission for all! Freedom Fourth is held at Balloon Fiesta Park, and live entertainment includes the headline act country music star John Michael Montgomery at 8 pm. Leading up to that main stage event you can hear Summer XO (4 pm), Burnin’ Bridges Band (5:15 pm) and Bartender 4 Mayor (6:30 pm). At 7:50 pm, opera singer Ida Huber Mitchell will perform the national anthem.
  • Other Freedom Fourth fun includes a car show, kids’ activities, and a cultural stage with performers ranging from Japanese folk dancing, Irish dancers and Flamenco dance.  A microbrew beer garden and food vendors will keep everyone refreshed. Of course, this all culminates in the fireworks display after dark.
  • Parking is $10…  You could save cash (and possibility your sanity) by taking the Park & Ride for $1 round trip; 35c for seniors and children. Kids aged 9 and under ride free.  Take exact change and bus passes aren’t accepted for Park & Ride. Westside pick up is St. Pius High School, eastside is  Coronado Center at the northwest corner on San Pedro, starting at 3 pm until 8 pm to go to the event.
  • There are quite a few “thou shalt nots” at Freedom Fourth – such as don’t take alcohol (although alcohol is available to purchase), so check the City of Albuquerque Freedom Fourth page for the event schedule and info on what you can and can’t take.

Rio Rancho Holiday Parade and Fireworks – Thursday July 4

  • Bike Decorating Contest registration starts at 9 am – open to kids and adults with prizes for the kids contest only (natch!) for best decorated, most patriotic, and most original bikes! Register free at the Bank of America parking lot, 3101 Southern Blvd, then join the parade (children must wear a helmet).
  • The Rio Rancho Holiday Parade starts at 10 am, heading east from Country Club Drive down Southern Boulevard, and concluding on Pinetree Road near the Esther Bone Memorial Library and the Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park.
  • A Declaration of Independence ceremony follows at the Veterans Monument Park, starting at around 11 am.
  • Free fireworks at the Rio Rancho High School football stadium start at around 9 pm – but the stadium opens at 6 pm and pre-firework entertainment includes a free outdoor movie.
  • See all the details on the Rio Rancho Fourth of July events.

Madrid Fourth of July Parade on the Turquoise Trail starts at noon on July 4, and if you want to watch a baseball game first, get to the Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark for 10 am.

Corrales Fourth of July Parade and Fun Day starts with the parade at 10 am (from Target Road) and ends at La Entrada Park for the fun day till 2 pm. The water fight this year will be held at the Corrales Community Pool at the Rec Center. (It’s not happening during the parade – keep your water to yourself!) The water fight starts at noon at the pool with free admission, and continues till 3 pm. That’s some water fight!

Other New Mexico Fourth of July Events:

If you’re planning to travel around the state, check out these other mostly free New Mexico Fourth of July celebrations.  See each link for more details. (Please bear in mind that with the current awful fire season, all firework events may be subject to change. Call ahead before setting off on a long road trip.)

  • Alomogordo America the Beautiful Fourth of July Parade starts at 10 am, with Freedom Faith fireworks in the evening.
  • Cloudcroft Parade at 2 pm on July 4, and a street dance on July 6 at 7 pm.
  • Clovis Smoke on the Water fireworks display follows music concerts in the afternoon
  • Farmington Freedom Days run from July 2 – 7. Highlights for July 4 are the Electric Light Parade at 9 pm, and day events including Party in the Park entertainment, a pizza-eating contest, water balloon fight, ice cream social, and a skateboarding competition.
  • Las Cruces Electric Light Parade on July 3 at 9 pm, with a Street Fest and fireworks on July 4
  • Red River 4th of July Parade at 10 am, followed by live music in Brandenburg Park, with activities for kids and the annual Egg Toss & family games.
  • Santa Fe Fourth of July fireworks in Santa Fe will sparkle from a different venue this year: The Santa Fe Municipal Recreation Center (205 Caja Del Rio Road) instead of the usual Santa Fe High School. The event starts at 5 pm with musical entertainment, and they request a $5 parking donation.  The Santa Fe Pancakes on the Plaza fundraiser event ($7, or $6 for advance tickets) takes place as usual in the Plaza from 7 am to noon, with kids activities and, yes, pancakes.
  • Silver City Parade at 10 am on July 4, followed by an Ice Cream Social, free games for kids, a cakewalk, and live music concerts.
  • Socorro Free Fourth of July festival and entertainment including Al Hurricane & Al Hurricane Jr., El Gringo, and Clan Tynker, all followed by fireworks.
  • Arroyo Seco and Taos The Fourth of July Parade in Arroyo Seco starts at around noon but arrive in good time, you may have to park a little away from the village.  The evening fireworks in Taos may or may not take place in 2013; the Town of Taos will assess fire danger on the day itself and make the decision.
  • Taos Ski Valley Fourth of July Parade starts at 2 pm, the annual Rubber Duck Race is at 3 pm, and the Taos Mountain Summer Music Series from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm offers music from Last to Know, the Revolving Door Circus, a bouncy castle for kids and free popcorn.

Plenty of places to celebrate a very New Mexico Fourth of July…. completely free or on the cheap! Happy Independence Day!

–Tania

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Fourth of July Free Events 2012

July 2, 2012 by  
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Time to celebrate our freedom with these Independence Day events in and around Albuquerque…

The big 2012 Freedom 4th party at Balloon Fiesta Park is indeed FREE! (Although there is a parking fee – check out the details below).

There are plenty of freebie celebrations too in Rio Rancho, Corrales, Madrid, and further afield around the state.

So let’s (erm) go forth: Bring on the fireworks, flags, and fun!

Freedom Fourth – Albuquerque – Wednesday July 4, 2012 

  • Gates open at 3 pm with free admission for all! Freedom 4th is held at Balloon Fiesta Park, and live entertainment includes country music band Diamond Rio, Rolling Thunder, The Noms,  and performers on the Warehouse 508 Youth Stage. Plus a car show, a balloon glow, jumpers, a climbing wall, free face painting, Mayor Berry’s Very Important Kids Zone, and food vendors. All culminating of course in the fireworks display after dark.
  • Parking is $10…  You could save cash (and possibility your sanity) by taking the Park & Ride for $1 round trip; 35c for seniors, students, and kids under age 9.  Take exact change and bus passes aren’t accepted for Park & Ride. Westside pick up is St. Pius High School, eastside is  Coronado Center at the northwest corner, starting at 3 pm until 8 pm to go to the event.
  • There are quite a few “thou shalt nots” at Freedom Fourth – such as don’t take alcohol (although alcohol is available to purchase), so check the City of Albuquerque Freedom 4th page for the event schedule and info on what you can and can’t take.

Rio Rancho Holiday Parade and Fireworks – Wednesday July 4

  • Bike Decorating Contest registration starts at 9 am – open to kids and adults with prizes for the kids contest only (natch!) for best decorated and patriotic bikes! Register free at Joe’s Pasta House parking lot, 3201 Southern Blvd, then join the parade (children must wear a helmet).
  • Holiday parade starts at 10 am, heading east from Country Club Drive down Southern Boulevard.  and ending on Pinetree Road near the Esther Bone Memorial Library and the Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park.
  • A ceremony follows at the Veterans Monument Park, starting at around 11 am.
  • Free fireworks at the Rio Rancho High School football stadium start at around 9 pm – but the stadium opens at 6 pm and pre-firework entertainment includes music and a free movie.
  • See all the details on the Rio Rancho Fourth of July events.

Madrid Fourth of July Parade starts at noon on July 4, and if you want to watch a baseball game first, get to the Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark for 10 am.

Corrales Fourth of July Parade and Fun Day starts with the parade at 10 am (from Target Road) and ends at La Entrada Park for the fun day till 1:30 pm.

Other New Mexico Independence Day Weekend Events:

If you’re planning to travel around the state, check out these other mostly free (or cheap) 4th July celebrations over the weekend.  See each link for day, times, and details:

  • Cloudcroft Parade at 2 pm with prizes for ‘walking’ ‘wheels’ and ‘animals’, open to all participants.
  • Eagle Nest Parade at 2 pm and Fireworks
  • Farmington Freedom Days Electric Light Parade at 9 pm, and day events including Party in the Park entertainment, arts show, pizza-eating contest, and skateboarding competition
  • Las Cruces Electric Light Parade on July 3 at 9 pm, with a Street Fest and fireworks on July 4
  • Red River 4th of July Parade at 10 am, followed by games and entertainment
  • Silver City Parade at 10 am, followed by an Ice Cream Social, free games for kids, a cakewalk, and live music concerts.
  • Socorro Free Fourth of July entertainment including Dr. Buck’s Wild West Show, Squash Blossom Boys, and Al Hurricane & Al Hurricane Jr.concerts, and fireworks
  • Taos Parade in Arroyo Seco at around noon but arrive earlier, Fireworks in Taos
  • Taos Ski Valley Parade at 2 pm, Rubber Duck Race at 3 pm.

Plenty of places to celebrate…. on the CHEAP! Happy Independence Day!

–Tania

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Fourth of July Free Events 2010

July 1, 2010 by  
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Time to celebrate our freedom with these Independence Day events in and around Albuquerque…

This year, the big Freedom 4th party at Balloon Fiesta Park is indeed FREE! (Although there is a parking fee – check out the details below).

There are plenty of freebie celebrations too in Rio Rancho, Madrid, Acoma, and further afield around the state.

So let’s (erm) go forth: Bring on the fireworks, flags, and fun!

Freedom Fourth – Albuquerque – Sunday July 4, 2010

  • Gates open at 3 pm for a 4 pm start, free admission for all! Freedom 4th is held at Balloon Fiesta Park, and live entertainment includes Vanessa Aragon, The System, Marsh, and Honor Society. Plus food vendors, free jumpers, face painting, a climbing wall, and 4th grade poster competition on display in Mayor Berry’s Very Important Kids Zone. All culminating of course in the fireworks display after dark.
  • Parking is $10…  depending how many of you are in your group, you could save cash (and possibility your sanity) by taking the Park & Ride for $1 round trip; 35c for ages 62 and up; free for kids aged 10 and under.  You need exact change and bus passes aren’t accepted for Park & Ride. West side pick up is St. Pius High School, east side is  Coronado Center.
  • There are quite a few “thou shalt nots” at this event – you can’t take pets (you know they don’t like fireworks) nor alcohol (although alcohol is available to purchase), so check the City of Albuquerque Freedom 4th page for all event details and a list of what you can and can’t take.

Rio Rancho Holiday Parade and Fireworks – Saturday July 3 2010

  • Bike Decorating Contest registration starts at 9 am – open to kids and adults with prizes for the kids contest only (natch!) for best decorated and patriotic bikes! Register free at Joe’s Pasta House parking lot, 3201 Southern Blvd, then join the parade (children must wear a helmet).
  • Holiday parade starts at 10 am, heading east from Country Club Drive down Southern Boulevard.  and ending on Pinetree Road near the Esther Bone Memorial Library and the Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park.
  • A ceremony follows at the Veterans Monument Park, starting at around 11 am.
  • Free fireworks at the Rio Rancho High School football stadium on Saturday July 3 start at 9:30 pm – but you can hear live music from 8 pm. Parking at the High School is $5 per vehicle (proceeds to the Rio Rancho High School Booster Club).
  • See all the details on the Rio Rancho Holiday weekend events.

Madrid Fourth of July parade starts at noon on Sunday July 4, from the Back Road to the Ballpark.  Stay on for the First Annual Bluegrass Festival after the parade at the Old Coal Mine Museum ($10 admission for adults, free for kids under 12, and admission includes entry to the Museum.)

Other New Mexico Independence Day Weekend Events:

If you’re planning to travel around the state, check out these other mostly free (or cheap) 4th July celebrations over the weekend.  See each link for day, times, and details:

  • Acoma Pueblo Sky City Free Sky Works outdoor concert and fireworks starting at 6 pm on July 4 with music from the James Douglas Show and The JIR Project, followed by fireworks at 8pm, at Acoma Pueblo’s Sky City, about an hour’s drive west of Albuquerque.
  • Cloudcroft Games, Street Dance and Parade
  • Eagle Nest Parade and Fireworks
  • Elephant Butte 4th of July Fireworks Display (park fees waived from 6–9 pm)
  • Farmington Freedom Days Parade and Fireworks
  • Las Cruces Electric Light Parade, Street Fest, Free Concerts (Unauthorized Journey on Sat 3, and Clay Walker on Sun 4) and Fireworks
  • Moriarty Star Spangled 4th of July-Parade and entertainment
  • Red River 4th of July Parade, Games and Cookout
  • Santa Fe Fireworks display ($1 admission).
  • Santa Rosa 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks
  • Silver City Cowboy Breakfast, Ice Cream Social, Antique Tractor Show, Parade and Fireworks
  • Socorro Free Fourth of July concerts and fireworks
  • Taos Parade in Arroyo Seco, Fireworks in Taos
  • Taos Ski Valley Parade, Games, and Rubber Duck Race

Plenty of places to celebrate…. on the CHEAP! Happy Independence Day!

–Tania

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WEEKEND GETAWAY: FREE CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT AT SOCORRO

February 23, 2009 by  
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Civil War reenactor photo by Toby and Tai Shan; Creative Commons license

When you think “Civil War,” you generally think Gettysburg, Missionary Ridge, Sherman’s march to the sea, etc. You don’t generally think Socorro.

But the truth is, New Mexico hosted quite a bit of Civil War action. And the reenactors will be out in force February 27 through March 1 just south of the Duke City.

The events start Friday night with a “Political Rally” in the Socorro Plaza at 6:00pm. Colonel Canby and General Sibley will debate the states’ right to secede. Saturday and Sunday, living history camps open at 8:00am to the public. Saturday at 10:30am, the Battle of Valverde begins at the Escondida Bridge (Exit 152). At 3:00pm is a Victorian Ladies’ Fashion Show & Tea Social at the historic Garcia Opera House.

At 5:00pm Saturday, the Siege of Socorro begins. This is the only in-town Civil War reenactment in the United States. After the soldiers have fought it out, there’s a Fandango at 7:00pm at the Garcia Opera House. We’re pretty sure the blues and grays will make nice at this event.

On Sunday, events move back to the Escondida Bridge and include a period church service at 9:00am.

We weren’t able to confirm whether or not there’s a fee for the Fashion Show & Tea Social or the Fandango, but the reenactment events themselves should all be free to the public.

As this extravaganza of historical entertainment weren’t enough, the Socorro Chamber of Commerce has put together some getaway packages that include discounted hotel rates, dining discount cards, and $12 tickets to a concert by the Carolina Chocolate Drops on Friday night at 7:30pm.

If you’re looking for something cheap and interesting to do the last weekend of February, this is it! It’s a great event for homeschool families, too.

WHAT: Siege of Socorro Civil War Reenactment Weekend
WHEN: Friday, February 27 through Sunday, March 1
WHERE: Socorro and vicinity

–Elizabeth Hanes

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