Freedom 4th is the annual Fourth of July celebration held at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque.
- 4 - 5 p.m. Summer XO
- 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Burnin' Bridges Band
- 6:35 - 7:35 p.m. Bartender 4 Mayor
- 7:50 - 8 p.m. National Anthem
- 8 - 9:15 p.m. John Michael Montgomery
- 9:15 p.m. FIREWORKS!
Join us on Thursday, July 4th to celebrate our Nation's Independence. Enjoy live music, family entertainment, food vendors, and much more.
Enjoy the comfort of the Firecracker Cafe with preferred seating, food and beverage. Tickets are available soon!
The main stage will feature local musicians throughout the day featuring national country star John Michael Montgomery. Followed by one of the state's largest fireworks displays.
Other activities to include a car show, free kids' activities, food vendors, and a local beer garden.
This event is FREE to the public. Parking is $10 at the event, but you can take Park and Ride for $1 per person! Park and Ride locations are Coronado Mall on the Eastside of town , and St. Pius X High School on the Westside. (overflow at St. Joseph's)
John Michael Montgomery
John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music's most storied careers. Behind the string of hit records, the roomful of awards and the critical and fan accolades that have defined his phenomenal success lies a connection that goes beyond his undeniable talent and his proven knack for picking hits. Since the days when "Life's A Dance" turned him from an unknown artist into a national star, John Michael’s rich baritone has carried that most important of assets--believability.
It is readily apparent in love songs that have helped set the standard for a generation. Songs like “I Swear,” “I Love the Way You Love Me,” and “I Can Love You Like That” still resonate across the landscape--pop icon and country newcomer Jessica Simpson cited “I Love The Way You Love Me” as an influence in a recent interview. Even in the pure fun that has always found its way into John Michael's repertoire--songs like “Be My Baby Tonight” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident),” where John Michael's vocal earnestness takes musical whimsy to another level.
Who is Summer XO? Summer XO is a girl. A girl who writes songs, then sings them while playing guitar and keyboard. It's not rocket science. But it is authentic. In the indie-pop style of Feist, Fiona Apple, and Regina Spektor, the music is clear-voiced with an inevitable lyrical twist. When people ask what she sounds like, she usually says, "A girl." Her songs embody all the vulnerability, complexity, and strength of the female element. Summer is also a visual artist. Her poster-size pastel paintings depict abstract female faces in a pop art style. New paintings are added for sale on her website each month.
Bartender 4 Mayor
Just the mention of Merle Haggard and the boys of Bartender 4 Mayor might doff their trucker caps and get a little misty-eyed. These five good ole boys are pure classic country with a shot of redneck rock. They can swing into modern country straight from the radio, move you with some of their original numbers and then kick into party gear with a little Jimmy Buffett. Based in Albuquerque, they've spent way more time with bartenders than with mayors. But what's that band name mean? Buy'em a beer and sit back for a while. It's a long story.
Burnin' Bridges Band
We offer up high quality,Fun and Danceable Classic Rock form 60's-Current, Pop, Variety and 80's Music!! We have been featured many times on the morning show with Erika Viking , Coyote 102.5, performed in all the Casinos in town, and have worked with just about every music venue in town!
Ida HUBER MITCHELL-National Anthem Singer
Soprano IDA HUBER MITCHELL won over critics in Europe and America alike. Critics in France said of her Violetta in La Traviata: “From the passion and polish with which she ‘lived’ her role, she recalls the fire which animated Maria Callas. A warm voice, providing an infinite variety of tone breathed straight from the heart.” In the U.S.A., singing Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, “Huber (Mitchell) is brilliant.”
This year's 2nd stage will become the Freedom 4th Cultural Stage, featuring all of the wonderful and diverse cultures that make America and Albuquerque great! Participants this year inlclude the National Institute of Flamenco, the Tahitian Dance Company, and many more! Schedule coming soon.
Enjoy the taste of Made in Albuquerque beer. Local microbreweries La Cumbre, Broken Bottle Brewery, Bosque Brewing, and Il Vicino will be onsite to quench your Patriotic thirst.
Enjoy premium seating with great views of the Mainstage and the Fireworks. Enjoy a fabulously prepared meal by our friends at A Taste of the Wild Catering. Beer will be available to purchase from Broken Bottle Brewery. Your ticket also comes with a dedicated entrance and exit from the park and premier parking spots (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). Tickets available at the Balloon Fiesta Offices, 4401 Alameda Blvd NE, $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under, or at Hold my Ticket.com.
Pork Ribs with Brown Sugar and Cayenne Pepper Seasoning
Large BBQ Chicken Legs
Corn on the Cob
Tomato Caprese Salad
Watermelon Caprese Salad
Mixed Green Salad
Roasted Red Potato Salad
Water and Soda's included with tickets
Beer available for purchase from local micro-brewery.
Thank you to our sponsors: