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Be part of one of the largest 4th of July celebrations in New Mexico.

Entertainment Schedule

Musical Performers

Wynonna & The Big Noise

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Join us July 4th, 3-10 p.m. at Balloon Fiesta Park to celebrate our Nation's Independence.

Enjoy live music, family entertainment, food vendors, and much more.

Admission

Free to the public. This is a rain or shine event.

Transportation

Due to the Paseo del Norte interchange project, attendees are encouraged to utilize the Park & Ride. Dedicated bus lanes will make travel easier than driving your personal vehicle.

If you take your personal vehicle to the event, please expect delays. Jefferson St. will be completely closed North of Paseo del Norte to all traffic except buses. Access will be available to Balloon Fiesta Park from Balloon Fiesta Parkway and the Frontage Road from the east, and Balloon Museum Drive and Alameda on the south. Edith will be completely closed north of Alameda to general traffic and will be reserved for residents and Firecracker Café pass holders.

Park and Ride

Beat the traffic with the $1 Park & Ride service. Two locations allow for easy access to this time saving service.

  • Westside: St. Pius High School and across the street at St. Joseph when the St. Pius parking lot becomes full.
  • Eastside: Coronado Center, west of Macy's parking lot on San Pedro.

Park & Ride service inbound to the Park begins at 3 p.m. and will continue until 8 p.m.

After 8 p.m., limited outbound service to the two Park & Ride locations begins.The bulk of the return trips to the two Park and Ride locations will begin immediately after the conclusion of the fireworks show, with the last bus leaving the park at 11 p.m.

View more Park & Ride information.

By Car or Bike

Parking at Balloon Fiesta Park as well as Handicap parking is $10 upon arrival at the park.

Park your bike with the free Bike Valet and enjoy safe and secure bike storage while you enjoy the event. The Bike Valet is provided by the City of Albuquerque’s Parks and Recreation Department, and will be located along the North Diversion Channel Bike Path near the Balloon Museum and will be identifiable by bright yellow signs.

Entertainment

The main stage showcases local musicians throughout the day featuring country star Wynonna and her band, The Big Noise. One of the state's largest fireworks displays is to follow in a stunning 20 minute show set to patriotic tunes.

Entertainment Schedule

  • 4-4:30 p.m. - OnQ Chorus
  • 4:45-5:30 p.m. - Sim Balkey & the Honky Tonk Crew
  • 5:45-6:30 p.m. - Joanie and Combo Special
  • 6:45-7:30 p.m. - Rudy Boy Experiment
  • 7:45-8 p.m. - Independence Day Celebration including the National Anthem Performed by Manzano Day School
  • 8-9:15 p.m. - Wynonna and the Big Noise
  • 9:20-9:40 p.m. - Fireworks

Featured Performers

Wynonna & The Big Noise

Five-time Grammy winner and New York Times bestselling author, Wynonna has always revolved her career around telling stories.  Whether performing alongside her mother as one half of the legendary duo The Judds, or pushing the boundaries on her own mega-successful solo path, Wynonna’s ability to reach the heart of the human spirit through her bold and unflinching honesty, is the entertainer’s true gift.

Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and her undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning her epic 30-year career.  Charting countless singles including 20 #1 hits and over 60 industry awards, the iconic performer was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.”

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Southwest Rock and Blues innovators The Rudy Boy Experiment hail from the land of enchantment of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The act has become very popular in the western U.S. This 3-piece group features the multi-talented Rudy "Boy" Jaramillo on vocals, as well as lead and rhythm guitar. Rudy Boy has had singles including Glam Trash and Rough Around the Edges. Rudy Boy has released close to 10 albums over the past decade, with a growing national fan base anticipating each debut.

Joanie and Combo Special

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What better name for a hot New Mexico band of well-seasoned musicians playing a tasty selection of tunes with a unique original flavor? We'll call the band....Joanie and Combo Special! The band is made up of five members: Joanie Cere on vocals, Larry Freedman on keyboard, Bob Barron on bass guitar, Melvin Crisp on drums, and Ed Schultz on guitar. Like the name suggests, COMBO SPECIAL plays a combination of styles. Hear jazz, blues and rock as well as classic Motown and some originals that will make you want to move and groove.

Sim Balkey & the Honky Tonk Crew

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A lake, a bonfire, rowdy friends, and a guitar… A start to summarizing the vibe of Sim's music. His songs describe the good times and great memories made in the life of every fun loving American. Sim's lyrics and melodies are modern and fresh yet  pay tribute to the roots of traditional country music by riding the line between today’s driving sound and yesterday’s laid-back feel… A “modern honky tonk” if you will. Live or recorded, there is no doubt that you are listening to a country song, but make no mistake, Simon Balkey’s music offers something for everyone. Simon and his band, which he calls his “Honky Tonk Crew” radiate energy from start to finish of every live show.

Simon is quickly carving his spot in the country music scene with the release of his first album “Shot of Life” and is currently working on the highly anticipated follow up album. Songs such as “Around That Cooler” and “Leaving You for Jack” are finding their way to radio and are quickly becoming party anthems for masses. All around, album or live show, this artist is about great times, through-and-through!

Cultural Stage

This year's second stage will become the Freedom 4th Cultural Stage, featuring all of the wonderful and diverse cultures that make America and Albuquerque great.

Cultural Stage Schedule

Cultural Stage Featured Performers

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Ka La Kapu Ploynesian Dance School opened in February of 2014 under the direction of Kellie Villicano and Jaymee Keli'i. They are a cultural based school interested in preserving the Polynesian Cultures through Dance, Music and History. They teach all age ranges and have open enrollment year round.

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Albuquerque’s own Irish music trio, Finn's thumb has been playing music together since June of 2010, performing traditional songs & music of Ireland with respect and passion. Reels, jigs, hornpipes and more, join us for some toe-tapping, family music fun!

      Food and Drink

      Enjoy some local favorites at Freedom 4th! With 30 different food trucks and restaurants in attendance, there is sure to be something to please all likes and tastes. Adults can quench their thirst at the microbrew garden featuring local breweries including Marble Brewery, Il Vicino, Bosque Brewing Company, La Cumbre Brewing Co., Broken Bottle Brewery, Abbey Brewing Company and Santa Fe Brewing Company. Or stop by Left Turn Distilling and sip on some local spirits.

      Firecracker Cafe

      Enjoy premium seating at Balloon Fiesta Park with great views of the Main Stage and the Fireworks. Indulge in a fabulously prepared meal by our friends at A Taste of the Wild Catering. Doors open at 5 p.m. Food will be served from 5-8 p.m. After, continue enjoying your amazing seating through the fireworks show!

      The Menu

      This traditional, barbeque menu includes a Red Wine Vinegar Salad, Chipolte Honey Glazed BBQ Chicken, Beef Brisket, Corn on the Cob, Season Potatoes and more. Treat yourself to a delicious "Build Your Own Dessert" bar featuring brownies, angel food cake, and shortcake with fresh fruit toppings and whipped cream. Microbrews will be available and provided by Broken Bottle Brewery. Water and soda provided at no charge.

      Tickets

      ONLINE TICKETS SOLD OUT.

      Limited tickets available at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta offices on Alameda and Balloon Museum Drive. $30 for adults and $15 for children.

      Parking Passes:

      Your Hold My Ticket receipt will not be accepted as a parking pass.

      Please note, exit from the Firecracker Cafe parking lot will be restricted from the beginning of Fireworks show until cleared by the Fire Marshal's Office.

      Other Entertainment

      Freedom 4th is fun for the whole family! Head on over to the kids’ area and take a shot at conquering the challenging rock wall. Get your face painted with fun designs by local face painters. For even more fun, check out the multiple inflatables.

      There will also be a giant car show featuring muscle cars, hot rods, classics, and more! If you are interested in having your own car shown, contact Bruce at [email protected] All makes, models, and years are welcome! For more information click here.

      Prohibited Items

      The following items are banned at Freedom 4th:

      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Glass containers of any kind
      • Drug paraphernalia
      • Weapons
      • Pets
      • Fireworks

      Permitted Items

      The following items are allowed at Freedom 4th:

      • Chairs and blankets
      • Service animals
      • Umbrellas
      • Tents or canopies (must be staked to the ground)
      • Coolers, which will be searched upon entry
      • Strollers

       

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