Fourth of July 2012 in Albuquerque

Freedom Fourth crowds at Balloon Fiesta Park. Photo by Albuquerque Journal.

Anyone else think this summer is going way too fast? Fourth of July is already next week, so here’s the low-down on what to do, what not to do and how to have a great time without sparking a wildfire.

What To Do

Whether you choose to find a cool viewing vantage point from somewhere in town or head out to one of the major fireworks displays, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Fourth of July this year despite the fireworks ban in place within city and county limits.

The city-sponsored Freedom Fourth, which kicks off at Balloon Fiesta Park at 4 PM, is always a big hit as well as the more exclusive viewing at the Balloon Museum’s Red, White and Balloons VIP Party. The Isotopes will once again be hosting a post-game fireworks show. Rio Rancho’s fireworks display will be hosted this year at the Rio Rancho High School football stadium but is visible for miles around. You can find a great curated list of events at Albuquerque.

What Not To Do

You only have to look at the devastating photos of the recent fires here in New Mexico and in neighboring states to realize that this year, things are tinder-dry in the Southwest. Because of that, using extreme caution is imperative. The City of Albuquerque has provided online information on Fourth of July Safety as well as implemented restrictions on personal fireworks. Be sure to check the entire list of banned items before purchasing, but basically, if it shoots up into the air, it’s illegal within the City of Albuquerque and the county boundaries.

Whatever you choose to day, have a great Fourth of July, Albuquerque!

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1 Response to Fourth of July 2012 in Albuquerque

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