Hot as a Firecracker on the Fourth of July

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

Yes, fireworks are an insane amount of fun. And, yes, fireworks in the middle of the dry desert can be quite dangerous. Have some fun, but be safe. Fourth of July weekend is here and it’s time to celebrate. Throw some hotdogs on the grill, pull out the American flag T-shirt, and sing those patriotic songs as loud as you can.

And since you’ll likely be lighting some firecrackers this weekend (legal ones, of course), make sure to grab a copy of our July issue. Bernalillo County Fire Marshal Chris Gober gave us some tips on how to prevent unwanted flames—such as, drop fireworks into a bucket of water once they run out of gunpowder.

And if you have no plans for the holiday weekend upon us, well, better grab a pen and take some notes.

fireworks over waved United States flagSpeaking of Fireworks …

We’d feel bad if we didn’t remind you of this weekend’s hot spots (pun kind of intended).

Tomorrow, July 4, the Freedom 4th celebration will be happening at Balloon Fiesta Park. The celebrating begins at 3 p.m. and admission is free. Just make sure you plan out your parking situation before heading over.

There will be plenty of food and entertainment for people of all ages. Live music starts at 4 p.m. and will be capped with a performance by Wynonna Judd and The Big Noise at 8 p.m. Fireworks will be bursting in air at 9:15 p.m.

If Balloon Fiesta Park is too far or crowded for you, there will be a  fireworks display at the Rio Rancho High School Football Stadium. The stadium will be open at 6 p.m. and the fireworks should start around 9 p.m. Daniel Fernandez Memorial Park in Los Lunas will host a Fourth of July celebration—capped with a firework show—from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Dancing FeetDance the Night Away

The party doesn’t have to end on Friday. Rhythm Dance Company is hosting Saturday Swing Dance on July 5 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. The lesson starts at 7:30 p.m. and the social dance starts at 8:15 p.m. The best part: it’s free!

If you can’t make it this weekend, don’t stress, the dance will happen every Saturday. Same time. Same place.

romeo e giulietta

Break a Leg

There’s only two weekends left to catch Shakespeare on the Plaza. Tonight, July 3, through Sunday, July 6, The Vortex Theatre and the City of Albuquerque are putting on shakespeare skits at the Civic Plaza.

Skits of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet will put a spark in Downtown Albuquerque beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Friday through Sunday tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

See, no excuse for boredom this weekend.

What are your weekend plans?