Summer is officially here and if you're like me, that means sandals, sunglasses and sunscreen! It also means finding a spot to celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Freedom 4th Celebration 

Kick your Fourth of July weekend off with a bang at the Freedom 4th Celebration at Balloon Fiesta Park. Enjoy live music from local musicians through out the day with a performance from Lonestar, four "good ol boys" from Texas who have sold more than ten million albulm and achieved ten #1country hits. There will also be a food vendors, a classic car show, a balloon glow and a kids activity section. The evening will end with one of the state's largest firework displays!

Insider Tip: Beat the traffic by taking the Park and Ride to and from the park.

Albuquerque Isotopes

What could be more American than baseball? Head out to Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park where the Albuquerque Isotopes will take on the El Paso Chihuahuas July 4-6th. There will be a special fireworks show following the game on Friday and Saturday.

Insider Tip: Grab a ticket in the lawn seats and bring a blanket.

Red, White & Balloons

If you want to avoid the large crowd at Balloon Fiesta Park, head to the Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum for a special 4th of July celebration: Red, White & Balloons. Listen to patriotic tunes from the Albuquerque Concert Band while enjoying a Stars-N-Stripes Dinner or a picnic brought from home. 

Pork & Brew - Jennifer Davick

13th Annual Pork & Brew

Nothing says summer like barbeque, and the Pork & Brew will not disappoint! This 3-day festival features great food from some of the best barbeque vendors in the state, local breweries, live music and a fun kids area. Winners of the BBQ Championship will advance to the Kansas City BBQ Society's National Championship. 

Insider Tip: Be sure to stock up on BBQ Bucks, the official currency of Pork & Brew. BBQ Bucks can be purchased on the day of the event at the gate and box office windows.  


For a full list of 4th of July celebrations around Albuquerque, click here to view our ABQ365 calendar of events. 


Village Celebrations

If you are looking for a celebration with small town charm, be sure to check out these events in some of our neighboring villages. 

Los Lunas

The Village of Los Lunas will host a Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks celebration. The parade will begin at 9am at the intersection of 47 and Main Street and end at City Hall. The fireworks show will start at dusk at Daniel Fernandez Park. Bring a picnic and enjoy live music, bounce houses for the kids, a home run derby and more. This year, Battle of the Bands will be going on during the celebration as well.

Rio Rancho

The City of Rio Rancho's Independence Day Parade will kick off at 10am and travel through the Civic Center and Rio Rancho Events Center area. Enjoy a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, a flag football tournament, and a fireworks extravaganza at the Rio Rancho High School football stadium. The Loma Colorado Park, 735 Loma Colorado Blvd., will serve as the best venue to enjoy one of New Mexico's biggest and best fireworks shows on July 4. Live music will begin at 6pm and the fireworks show will start at approximately 9:15pm.


This annual parade will start at 10am on Target Road and head south through downtown Corrales. After the parade head to La Entrada Park for Family Fun Day. The fire department and local boy scouts will be serving food, enjoy games, crafts and music. 


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