The City of Albuquerque’s annual Freedom 4th returns to Balloon Fiesta Park in a big way on Tuesday, July 4 with country music icon Clint Black set to headline the celebration.
To date, Black has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and racked up dozens of charted, top-10 and number-one hits. Recordings such as A Better Man, Killin’ Time, Like the Rain, When I Said I Do and Nothin’ But the Taillights have led to honors from the Country Music Association, The Academy of Country Music, The Grammys and the American Music Awards, as well as membership in the cast of the Grand Ole Opry. Black’s first studio album, Killin’ Time, debuted in 1989 and went triple-platinum. The following year he led a movement of talent that transformed country music into a multi-million dollar industry in the 1990s.
From 3-10 p.m., Freedom 4th will be the place to be to enjoy food from more than 30 local vendors offering everything from BBQ to doughnuts; free children’s activities; a Microbrew Garden featuring craft beer, wine and spirits from 20 local establishments; plenty of musical entertainment; and the state’s largest fireworks show. Admission to the rain or shine event is free.
Those looking for a true VIP experience can purchase tickets to the Firecracker Café at http://holdmyticket.com/event/280066 or at the Shark Reef Café at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium. Firecracker Café tickets include:
- A delicious catered meal by Taste of the Wild Catering. Local beer, wine and cocktails will be available for purchase.
- A preferred parking pass with an exclusive access road to and from the event to avoid traffic.
- A prime fireworks and performance vantage point.
- Private restrooms, shade tent and premier concert sound and direct video from the main stage.
Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children 4-12. Children 3 and under get in free.
- 3-3:45 p.m. – Austin Van
- 4-5 p.m. – Fair Trade Fusion
- 5:15-6:15 p.m. – Westwind Band
- 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Bill Palmer’s TV Killers
- 7:50 p.m. – 4th of July Ceremony – presentation of colors by the Eldorado High School JROTC; National Anthem by Cat Powdrell
- 8-9:15 p.m. – Clint Black
- 9:15 p.m. – Fireworks
An alternative to driving is the Park & Ride service from either Cottonwood Mall or Coronado Center. Service to Balloon Fiesta Park begins at 3 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m., with return trips running from 8 – 11 p.m. Fares are $1 for adults; $.35 for seniors, handicapped persons and students 10 – 18; and free for children 9 and under. All fares are round trip. Only cash and exact change accepted. Bus passes will not be honored.
Parking at Balloon Fiesta Park is $10 per vehicle.
There will also be a complimentary Bike Valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop for cyclists.
Please visit https://goo.gl/j5b1op for more information, including maps, band profiles and a list of permitted and prohibited items in the park.
Freedom 4th sponsors include: Big I 107.9; 98.1 The Bull; Comcast Spotlight; Dreamstyle Remodeling; AARP; Champion Windows; and Lucky Boyz Limousines.