Favorite Things Friday (Fourth of July Edition)

Posted by on Jul 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

We’re definitely looking forward to the three-day Fourth of July weekend.  And, you know you are, too!  So crank up the patriotic music and toss some franks on the grill, and then head out and celebrate the Fourth at one of Albuquerque’s wonderful events!

If you’re hoping to celebrate the Fourth a couple days early this year, Isotopes Park has you covered.  BBoy McCoy present fireworks following the Isotopes v. Oklahoma City Redhawks game on July 2 and First Community Bank sponsors post-game fireworks on July 3.

I can very honestly say, the Corrales 4th of July Parade is unlike any other.  It has all the staples of a typical Fourth parade, vintage cars, firetrucks, horses.  Unlike (well, I’m assuming) any other, however, the Corrales parade often features a Kazoo band, kids walking unusual animals, and well, expect the unexpected.  The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Corrales Road.  This gem of an event is about as New Mexico-American as a parade can get.

The more traditional Rio Rancho Fourth of July Parade beings at 10 a.m. on Southern Boulevard near Country Club Drive and will end at Pinetree Road, near the Esther Bone Memorial Library.  Try a unique spin on parade going by participating!  Take the kids and their decorated bikes over to Joe’s Pasta House restaurant parking lot at 9 a.m. to register to ride in the parade.  There will be prizes!

The best place to watch New Mexico’s biggest fireworks display?  Where it happens!  Freedom Fourth takes place at Balloon Fiesta Park from 4 to 10 p.m. The event will feature five bands, food vendors and kids activities galore. The event is free to enter, but parking is $10.  You can avoid that fee by using the Park and Ride shuttles, which will pick up and drop off at St. Pius High School and Coronado Center and only cost $1 per person.

The City of Rio Rancho will celebrate 234 years of America with a fireworks show at Rio Rancho High School.  The high school football stadium will provide seating for the show.  Live music begins at 8 p.m. and the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.  The event is free, but parking is $5, with proceeds benefitting the Rio Rancho High School Booster Club.

What will you be doing for the Fourth of July holiday weekend?