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Freedom 4th

Be a part of one of the largest Fourth of July celebrations in New Mexico.

Freedom 4 2017 Clint Black Cover

Freedom 4th: Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Balloon Fiesta Park from 3 to 10 p.m.

Join us at Balloon Fiesta Park to celebrate our country's Independence Day. Enjoy the largest firework show in the state, food, local beer in the Microbrew Garden and free children activities.

Enjoy national headliner and country music legend, Clint Black.


Entertainment schedule:

  • 3:00 p.m. - Austin Van
  • 4:00 p.m. - Fair Trade Fusion
  • 5:15 p.m. - Westwind Band
  • 6:30 p.m. - Bill Palmer's TV Killers
  • 7:50 p.m. - 4th of July Ceremony - presentation of colors by the Eldorado High School JROTC, National Anthem by Cat Powdrell
  • 8:00 p.m. - Clint Black
  • 9:15 p.m. - Fireworks

National Headliner - Clint Black

It is one of the most storied careers in modern music.

Clint Black surged to superstardom as part of the fabled Class of 1989, reaching Number 1 with five consecutive singles from his triple-platinum debut, Killin' Time. He followed that with the triple-platinum Put Yourself in My Shoes, and then a string of platinum and gold albums throughout the '90s.

Perhaps most impressively, Clint wrote or co-wrote every one of his more than three dozen chart hits, including "A Better Man," "Where Are You Now," "When My Ship Comes In," "A Good Run of Bad Luck," "Summer's Comin'," "Like the Rain" and "Nothin' But the Taillights," part of a catalog that produced 22 Number 1 singles and made him one of the most successful singer/songwriters of the modern era.

Along the way, Clint has sold more than 20 million records, earned more than a dozen gold and platinum awards in the United States and Canada, landed nearly two dozen major awards and nominations, including more than a dozen GRAMMY nominations, and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Freedom 4 Opener Collage 2017

Bill Palmer's TV Killers

Bill Palmer's TV Killers are an original rock band started by Bill Palmer (vocalist/guitarist for Hundred Year Flood and guitarist for Stephanie Hatfield and Hot Mess). Bill is also an award winning record producer and engineer. They could be likened stylistically to Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Church, or The Decemberists, but with Bill and Stephanie Hatfield's distinctive double guitar approach and lush vocal harmonies, the sound is all their own.

Add the thundering bass of Seattle veteran Matt "Thurston" McClinton, and the soulful beats of drummer Dale Blalock, and they are one of the most formidable songwriter-based rock bands on this or any other planet.

Westwind Band

Westwind Band has been performing and entertaining since March of 1984 playing classic and contemporary country, New Mexican Spanish, classic rock n' roll and original music.

The band has built a repertoire that spans musical genres and delights audiences old and young and everyone in between. Sharing the stage with many headliners over the years including the likes of Gene Watson, Bo Diddley, Lynn Anderson, Rick Trevino, Don Williams, Dan Seals, the Bellamy Brothers, Shenandoah, Hank Williams III, and Restless Heart along the way and performing at numerous festivals, rodeos, fiestas, casinos, feast days, nightclubs, private functions and even a presidential inaugural ball.

Find yourself tapping your toes, singing along, cuttin' a rug and experience another "Westwind" good time moment to remember. So, get ready for your "guacamole" fix and enjoy the show.

Fair Trade Fusion

Fair Trade Fusion plays worldrockjazzblues music. Glenn, the band's leader, coined that term as a one-word answer for when people ask "what kind of music do you play," because the music defies easy classification. It is a mix of fresh takes on classic rock and blues songs and originals with many world influences.

Fair Trade Fusion plays covers from artists such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, The Band, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead and Van Morrison (to name a few) mixed in with unique, soulful originals.

Glenn is influenced by music from Africa, Brazil, Jamaica, Ireland, and the Middle East among others and those inspirations show up in the songwriting and guitar playing that are featured on his album "Pool of Bliss." Fair Trade Fusion was created to bring these songs to the stage.

Austin Van

Since he was five years old, Austin Van has been playing at county fairs, motorcycle rallies, bars, clubs and honky tonk dances all around New Mexico.

He has been headlining at a western bar in the Jemez Mountains every Friday night since he was 15 years old. He won a state talent competition as part of Future Farmers of America and competed in their national competition last October. He's also a member of the Western Music Association.

Currently 19 years old, Austin had developed a solid fan following across the state of New Mexico. His music includes a combination of old songs his father wrote, country & western covers, Elvis Presley, rock 'n' roll, and some of his own originals.

He can play just about any country song you can think of, (but he's more likely to think of it before you do). Austin is a true entertainer with an unforgettable stage presence. His talent, confidence, and charisma are sure to dazzle any audience.

Admission & Transportation

Freedom 4th is free to the public and is a rain-or-shine event

Park & Ride

Beat the traffic with Park & Ride Service. With two locations on each side of Albuquerque, it is sure to be accessible to all. Catch a ride from either the Cottonwood or Coronado Mall location.

Bus service to the event will start at 3 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Return trips to the two Park & Ride locations will being immediately after the conclusion of the fireworks show.

The last bus will leave Balloon Fiesta Part at 11 p.m.

Park & Ride Rates

  • Adults: $1
  • Seniors 62 & Up and Handicapped Citizens: 35 cents
  • Students (ages 10-18): 35 cents
  • Children 9 and Younger: Free

All rates are round trip. Cash only. Exact change is needed.

Bus passes won't be honored for this event.

* Tents and canopies aren't allowed on Park & Ride buses.

Getting there By Car

All parking at Balloon Fiesta Park is $10 per vehicle upon arrival.

Balloon Fiesta Park can be accessed off of the Southbound Frontage Road to Balloon Fiesta Parkway. (View Map)

Getting there by Bike

Take advantage of the free Bike Valet. Esperanza Bicycle Safety Education Center will be providing free bike valet. (View Map)

Food & Drink

Freedom 4th will feature Albuquerque's favorite sweet and savory treats from over 30 local food vendors. Find BBQ, stuffed sopapillas, burgers or Frito pie from a variety of food vendors. Remember to save room for dessert and yummy sweets like churros, ice cream, funnel cakes, shaved ice, and donuts.

Microbrew Garden

Visitors can also head to our Microbrew Garden for a great view of the main stage and grab a beer, wine, or spirit from one of 20 local establishments such as:

Firecracker Café - 

Relax in the Firecracker Café and enjoy refreshments, dinner and desserts catered by Taste of the Wild Catering. Celebrate the 4th of July with a VIP experience, a great view of the main stage and premium parking.

Doors open at 3 p.m., dinner service will be between 5 -8 p.m. and desserts, refreshments and a cash bar will be open from 8 - 9:45 p.m.

Firecracker Café tickets include:

  • A catered meal by Taste of the Wild Catering. Local beer, wine and cocktails are available for purchase.
  • Preferred parking pass with an exclusive access road to and from event to avoid main traffic.
  • Prime firework and performance vantage point from café area.
  • Includes private restrooms, shade tent, and premier concert sound and direct video from the main stage.

Café Menu

For starters, Firecracker Café's menu will feature watermelon Caprese, jicama and carrot slaw with poppy seed dressing and chips & salsa.

The main course consists of brown sugar and cayenne pepper seasoned beef ribs with BBQ sauce, chipotle honey glazed BBQ chicken quarters and coil sausage. Save room for cinna-sugar sopapillas and brownie s'mores for dessert. Bring your appetites.

Café Ticket Prices

  • Adults: $50
  • Children (ages 4-12): $25
  • Children 3 and younger: Free

* SOLD OUT - Firecracker Cafe tickets are no longer available. 

Children's Activities

Freedom 4th will be a great time for all ages. Bring the children for free fun including jumpers, two rock walls, free face painting and more.

Be in the Know

Permitted Items Prohibited Items
Chairs Alcoholic beverages
Service Animals Glass Containers of any kind
Umbrellas Drug Paraphernalia / Weapons
Tents or Canopies* BBQ Grills
Coolers* Pets
Strollers Fireworks

* All tents and canopies must be staked down.

* Tents and canopies are not allowed on Park & Ride buses.

* All coolers and bags will be searched upon entry.


Thanks to our sponsors.


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Water Sponsor Freedom 4th 2017

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