NM True Adventures Over July 4th

by Staff Reporter / Jul 02, 2017 / comments
Eagle Nest Lake State Park. Courtesy photo

NM True Adventures Over July 4th

SANTA FE ― In honor of Independence Day, Gov. Susana Martinez touted several New Mexico True adventures for New Mexicans and visitors alike to enjoy over the Fourth of July holiday.
“There are so many incredible New Mexico True adventures that are just waiting for you and your family to enjoy,” Martinez said. “New Mexico is the best place in the country to enjoy Independence Day – with events at Elephant Butte Lake, Balloon Fiesta Park, and a variety of festivals around the state – there are so many opportunities to celebrate right here in New Mexico.”
Here are several of the many activities around the state that families can enjoy 
over the holiday:

Ohkay Owingeh Casino Annual Fireworks Display

Because the actual holiday falls on a Wednesday, Ohkay Owingeh celebrated the 4th of July early, with a fun night of fireworks on Friday, July 1. Residents filled the viewing area and lined nearby roads for a chance to see an impressive pyrotechnics display.

Los Alamos Kiwanis Fourth of July Celebration 

A lot of work goes into preparing the Los Alamos Kiwanis Fourth of July Festivities in Overlook Park, in White Rock, and this year it seems to be flowing smoothly.

Gates will open around noon with vendors and entertainers providing fun and food during the day.

In the evening audience members are treated to one of the largest fireworks displays in northern New Mexico. Fireworks Chairman Pat Soran said in an interview Sunday that the shells had arrived. There are about 4,000 of them, he said, including about 25 "basins"—containers filled with 150 to 300 rockets each that are triggered by a single fuse and keep firing for some time, painting the sky in designs that present a chosen theme. Admission is $5.

Red River

Start the day at 10 a.m. on Main Street for the town’s annual parade – a show of decorated floats, equestrian units, car clubs, vintage jeeps and more in this neighborhood celebration. Afterwards, stroll to Brandenburg Park to enjoy live music, food and old-fashioned games on the lawn, including the annual July 4thEgg Toss. Cap off the day with the fireworks show over Eagle Nest Lake.

Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Make your way to Elephant Butte Lake State Park over the weekend for the annual fireworks show set for July 1 at 9 p.m. Come early to boat, jet ski, paddle board, fish, swim, hike or golf then stay for a fireworks extravaganza reflected on the waters of the state’s largest body of water.

Las Vegas Fiestas

Every year Las Vegas’ fiestas showcase the very best in local and award-winning entertainment. The weekend festivities, from July 1-4, offer live music, family activities, a fishing derby, kids carnival and a fireworks extravaganza. Listen to Spanish music throughout the four days with a free concert from five-time Grammy Award winning Little Joe y La Familia July 4 with festive fireworks planned for that evening to culminate the holiday weekend.

Smokey Bear Stampede in Capitan

Spend your 4th of July weekend with eight rodeos in four days. The nation’s largest open rodeo weekend includes four nightly rodeos, two-day ranch rodeo, youth ranch rodeo, kid’s rough stock rodeo, cook-off, kids events and nightly dances. On July 4th, enjoy a full day of Independence celebration with a campfire dutch oven competition, mutton bustin’, steer riding, evening rodeo, fireworks and a dance.

Red, White and Balloons at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum

Celebrate the 4th of July at the Balloon Museum for a fun night with the whole family! Enjoy the expansive lawn and be awed by the spectacular view of the fireworks show. Bring a picnic or purchase food from an array of food trucks, dance to the tunes of the Albuquerque Concert Band, bask in an exclusive balloon glow and finish your night with the best view of the fireworks in town.