The Perfect Fourth of July in New Mexico

Communities around New Mexico are showing off their all-American colors with activities, events, and festivities to celebrate America’s independence. Commemorate this great nation at any one of these celebrations and you’ll be treated to a spirited, star spangled display of patriotism. Wave a flag, sing our national anthem and honor this sweet land of liberty for the perfect Fourth of July in 2019 in the Land of Enchantment!

1. Freedom 4th, Albuquerque, NM

Balloon Fiesta Park, in the shadow of Sandia Peak, is host to this year’s free Independence Day celebration from 3 to 10 p.m. It’s a full day of entertainment. There is a lineup of different bands including Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Also enjoy plenty of children’s activities throughout the day. The Microbrew Garden features a huge variety of local establishments and local food vendors will have everything from fried chicken and grilled burgers to snow cones and plenty more. Fireworks blast off at 9:15 p.m.

2. July 4th Parade & Celebration, Red River, NM

Get ready for some nostalgia at this classic celebration complete with parade, a picnic, live music in Brandenburg Park and a full day of activities for the family throughout the town. The parade, billed as the largest in northern New Mexico, begins promptly at 10 a.m. and is made up of decorated floats, equestrian units, car clubs, and vintage Jeeps. The annual July 4 Egg Toss and family-friendly games take place on the lawn of the Red River Community House. All activities of the day begin at 10 a.m.

3. Star Spangled Celebration, Mescalero, NM

If you like fireworks then this is the place to be. The spectacular pyrotechnic show, which lights up the night sky and beautiful Lake Mescalero, is the biggest and longest in New Mexico. This day full of festivities begins at 3 p.m. with ticketed activities including rock climbing, an obstacle course, jumping balloons, and more. From 5 p.m. on there will live musical performances that go on until 9 p.m. This event is geared towards family fun, and with this being the largest fireworks display in New Mexico, you and your people won’t want to miss it!

4. Taos Ski Valley 4th of July Celebration, Taos, NM

The day’s festivities begin in the village of Arroyo Seco with the famous a parade starting at around noon. Get there early because you won’t want to miss a second of it! While that’s going on, up at Taos Mountain there’s a performance by O'Duffeys Lament at the Stray Dog Cantina. At 2 p.m. there’s the annual parade on Sutton Place. Duck Races & Awards happen a bit closer to 3 p.m. There are also plenty of kids activities going on throughout the day. When it’s time to fuel up, there’s an assortment of local food vendors such as Pizza Shack, Bumps Market & Burrito Bar, 192 at The Blake, and plenty more. This event is a quirky assortment of locals that include families, farmers, horseback riders, extravagant parade floats, chairlifts, rubber duck races, and whatever other local free-spirits join in.

5. Pancakes on the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM

This event takes place in the city’s historic plaza and continues to be a labor of love for the Rotary Clubs of Santa Fe which donate the proceeds to local nonprofits. Of course, there are hot-off-the-griddle pancakes to be eaten, as well as cool cars to admire, a unique art show to wander through, kid’s games to play, arts and crafts vendors to shop at, and live music that gets your feet moving. Wander through town, drop into local businesses, hang out with family and friends and end the day looking up at the unforgettable fireworks show. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of. 

6. Freedom Days, Farmington, NM

The Fourth of July celebration in the Four Corners region is a wonderful celebration of Independence Day that boasts a variety of events. Things kick off on July 3 with an incredible firework display. During the day on July 4, enjoy a "Party in the Park" at Brookside Park. There will be food, entertainment, vendors of all sorts, live music, prizes, and much more. The Freedom Days continue through July 7 with event highlights including outdoor theater, volleyball tournaments, and gem and mineral shows. You won't want to miss these fun-filled event! 

7. Annual Smokey Bear 4th of July Parade & Stampede Rodeo, Capitan, NM

The town goes all out honoring the stars and stripes throughout the day. There’s a parade—it wouldn’t be a small-town celebration without one—that features the town’s most beloved citizen, Smokey. People line the streets whooping it up for parade participants in horse-drawn wagons, on horseback, on firetrucks, with pets and in military, antique and custom cars. Kick off the July 4 by taking part in the Smokey Bear 10K or two-mile fun run. The Stampede, the country’s largest open rodeo, is four days of traditional, women’s, youth and open ranch rodeo events, live musical performances, a barbecue cook-off and dinner, a dance and, after the last bull is ridden, a fireworks extravaganza.

8. Independence Day: HEROES - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Silver City, NM

Begin the day at Gough Park at the annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast. After you’ve eaten your fill, wander over to the downtown section to watch the parade which snakes its way down Pope, Bullard, Broadway, Hudson and 12th Street. Head back to Gough Park for live music, food and art vendors and the Silver City Fireworks Show sponsored by First American Bank. Be sure to take some time to go to the Silver City Museum courtyard for the Annual Ice Cream Social. Nothing like a root beer float to celebrate the day!

9. 4th of July Celebration, Las Cruces, NM

This year the City of Las Cruces and New Mexico State University are collaborating on this spectacular fireworks show held at Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park. Enjoy live music, food vendors, and plenty of family fun. 

10. Michael Satterfield Memorial Fireworks Extravaganza, Roswell, NM

This year in Roswell your eyes will be so lit up with excitement that you won’t be able to contain yourself. If you want a spectacular show then head over to the Cielo Grande Recreation Area at 6 p.m. The fireworks display goes on for a full 30 minutes and will be sure to put stars in your eyes. A motor train and Jolly Jumps inflatables as well as other activities will be sure to keep the little ones entertained. Food vendors will be present so come hungry!

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