Fourth of July in Albuquerque: Our Weekend Guide

Are you ready for 4th of July this year? If you’re still making plans, we’ve got you covered with fireworks, BBQs, and parades for the whole family. Make this favorite red, white, and blue holiday one to remember!


Thursday, July 4th


Support the ‘Topes
Isotopes Park, 5pm
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You can’t beat america’s favorite pastime and a fireworks show to cap off your 4th! Watch the Isotopes take on the Las Vegas Aviators on either the 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th. The best seats to take in the fireworks are either on the berm and sections 115 – 125 or 201 – 205.


Take a Splash in Bernalillo
Rotary Park, 1pm
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Rotary Park will transform into an all-out splashfest from 1 to 6pm for the Mayor’s Benefit Splash & Bash. Water guns, water balloons and water slide fun for all ages at the park, plus hot dogs and hamburgers and live music from 3 to 6pm.


Attend a Burqueño Classic: Freedom 4th
Balloon Fiesta Park, 3 – 10pm
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Join us for the largest firework show in the state of New Mexico! Enjoy local beers and free children’s activities along with this year’s headliner Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Featuring the ABQ Park and Ride, feel free to kick back and listen to some good tunes all night long.


Test Your Endurance At Four Miles on the 4th
Mariposa Basin Park, 7:30am
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Kick off the days festivities and work up an appetite at a family friendly 4 mile road race. Runners are encouraged to don their best red, white, and blue outfits.


Ditch the Crowds at Red, White & Balloons
Balloon Museum, 5pm
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An all-access pass to the best fireworks show in the city with premium parking,food trucks, a buffet from The Cooperage plus live music from the Albuquerque Concert Band and Claudio Tolousse and a balloon glow from Rainbow Ryders, Inc. Hot Air Balloon Co.


Build Your Own Micheladas & Hot Dogs
Red Door Brewing Candelaria, 2 – 5pm
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Hot dogs and micheladas are the way to go. Chill out this holiday and wash down a tasty dog with a cold thirst quenching beverage. Build them any way your heart desires.


Take Your Pick of Two Parades
Corrales & Rio Rancho, 10am

Rio Rancho and Corrales both host Independence Day parades with all the works. Rio Rancho’s parade begins at 10am at 3200 Civic Center Circle NE. The parade in the village also begins at 10am at Target Road and ends with a family fun day at La Entrada Park.


Show Off Your Artistic Skills
Ettin Games and Hobbies, 1pm
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Get creative this 4th by entering a family friendly art competition! Participants must purchase a model at Ettin Games and Hobbies to participate. The competition will be divided into two sections and judging criteria is not based solely on painting skills, so don’t be afraid to have fun!


Check Out Rio Rancho’s Fourth of July Extravaganza
Loma Colorado Park, 5pm
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Free summer fun and fireworks at Loma Colorado Park with live music starting at 5pm and a fireworks display at 9pm. Food vendors will be on-site, blankets and coolers are allowed, glass and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.


Chill out in Socorro
10am – Dark
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Take a day trip down South for Fourth fun including a parade, a circus performance by Wise Fools, and some great music! Stay until dark to enjoy New Mexico Tech’s famous Firework show.


Friday, July 5th


Listen to Music at the Museum
Albuquerque Museum, 2pm
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This very special Friday afternoon Independence Day Weekend performance features the 44th Army Band Big Band and Brass Band. The band currently consists of the “44th Army Band Jazz Orchestra” 1940s-style big band; “Brass Street Boys” brass band; “Mariachi Adelante” traditional mariachi ensemble; “M-9 Sax Pistols” saxophone quintet; “Green Chile” rock band.


Feast at a BBQ Cook-off
Friday, 2 – 8pm
Saturday, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, 11am – 5pm
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New Mexico’s original food festival brings together the best BBQ vendors from around the region. This three-day event highlights all things BBQ and local craft beer plus live music and lots of fun for all ages. Kick back in the brewgarden, cool off on the waterslides, and take the kids to the petting zoo!


Listen to Jazz
African American Performing Arts Center, 6pm
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Start your July fourth weekend with high energy smooth jazz guitarist Steve Oliver with guest performances by Calvin Appleberry and In The Moment.


Celebrate the Arts During First Friday Artwalk
Downtown, 5pm
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Celebrate all things creative and all things local with multiple events, art markets, art exhibits, entertainment, street processions and more.


Catch Free Live Music in Old Town
Friday & Saturday, 7pm
Sunday, 1pm
Old Town Gazebo
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Funk/Rock on Friday, Rockabilly on Saturday and Latin Jazz on Sunday.


Saturday, July 6th


Check Out A Community BBQ
Roosevent Park, noon
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House music and barbecued meats on a nice summer day in the park. All fun is welcome and encouraged; bring any games, activities, water toys, grills, food and drinks.


Watch Mary Poppins in the Park
Mariposa Park, 8m
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This free showing begins at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic foods.


Sunday, July 7th


Connect with Nature at the Bachechi Open Space
Bachechi Open Space, noon
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Play, learn and explore with the entire family at Summer Family Fun Days at Bachechi Open Space. Come out for weekly crafts, outdoor activities and experiments that will deep your discovery of the world.


Kick Back at the NHCC
National Hispanic Cultural Center, 6 – 9pm
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Domingos en Arte is a summer music and dance series featuring a wide range of Latin artists. Family-friendly summer Sundays with live music, drinks, and delicious Latin cuisine in the NHCC’s enchanting Fountain Courtyard.


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