When you think about the Fourth of July you may think of freedom, family, friends, food and fireworks. Luckily, there are several places in and around Albuquerque that include all five for you to enjoy on Independence Day.
1. Fourth of July Extravaganza at Loma Colorado Park—Rio Rancho, NM
Right inside the town of Rio Rancho is the Fourth of July Extravaganza at Loma Colorado Park. The extravagant event will feature live music, food vendors, and show stopping fireworks to enjoy from the best spot in town. Entry into the park is free and coolers and blankets are allowed into the event. No glass or alcoholic beverages will be permitted.
2. Freedom Fourth at Balloon Fiesta Park—Albuquerque, NM
Balloon Fiesta Park, just about 15 minutes outside of Rio Rancho, will be hosting a Fourth of July party as well, called “Freedom Fourth.” This is a family friendly event to celebrate family, friends, and freedom. Freedom Fourth has the largest fireworks show in the state plus includes food, local beer inside of the “Microbrew Garden”, as well as free children’s activities throughout the day.
3. Baseball and Fireworks at Isotopes Park—Albuquerque, NM
If you want to celebrate America in arguably the most American way possible, then your best bet may be to celebrate with America’s favorite pastime. Albuquerque’s minor league baseball team, the Isotopes, will be playing against the Las Vegas Aviators on the Fourth of July. The ballpark will, of course, be stocked with food and drinks and will also include a spectacular fireworks show.
4. Los Lunas Fourth of July Celebration—Los Lunas, NM
A little bit further away from Rio Rancho, the village of Los Lunas enjoys celebrating the Fourth of July all day. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. with an Independence Day Parade. The celebration continues at Daniel Fernandez Memorial Park where you can enjoy live music and entertainment, food and activities for all ages throughout the whole day.
5. Pancakes and Fireworks at the Plaza—Santa Fe, NM
If you are interested in taking a small trip up north to Santa Fe, there are events all day. Beginning at 7 a.m. the Rotary Club of Santa Fe puts on “Pancakes at the Plaza.” This event features a variety of food booths including a pancake breakfast, plus a car, art and crafts show. Once you are finished at the plaza, just a few blocks away at the park will be more food trucks, live music, bounce houses and other activities for the whole family. The park will also be putting on an extravagant fireworks show to end the night.
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