Freedom 4th 2015!
Save the date. Join us from 3 to 10 p.m. on July 4, 2015, at Balloon Fiesta Park to celebrate our Nation's Independence. Enjoy live music, family entertainment, and much more.
Admission and Transportation
Freedom 4th is free to the public to attend. This is a rain or shine event.
Park and Ride
Beat the traffic with the Park & Ride service. Two locations, one on the Westside and one on the Eastside allow for easy access to this time saving service. The Westside Park & Ride will be at Cottonwood Mall and the Eastside Park & Ride will be at Coronado Mall. More will come soon.
Park & Ride Rates:
- Adults: $1
- Honored Citizen (age 62+): 35 cents
- Child (children 9 years old and younger accompanied by a paying adult): Free
*Park & Ride rates are round trip.
Park & Ride service inbound to the Park beding 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 locations will begin immediately after the conclusion of the fireworks show, with the last bus leaving the park at 11 p.m.
By Car or Bike
Parking at Balloon Fiesta Park as well as Handicap parking is $10 upon arrival at the park.
Ride your bike! 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 Esperanza Bike Shop and will be located along the North Diversion Channel Bike Path near the Balloon Museum.
National Headliner: THOMPSON SQUARE
Thompson Square isn’t a real place, exactly. It’s the musical territory staked out by the husband-and-wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson, an exciting and unpredictable area where country meets rock, rough meets smooth and one vagabond heart finds a harmonious common ground with another. It’s the sweet destination where two journeys end and another one begins. "It's the place where we create our thing, a little fantasyland where we live," Keifer says.
And now the rest of us get to discover that magical place, starting with the duo’s new self-titled debut album. Fans began truly getting to know their way around Thompson Square with the release of the infectious radio smash "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not," a fitting introduction to the Thompsons’ natural chemistry and spirit of buoyant romance.
Other hit singles include "If I Didn't Have You," and "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About."
When you look into Brett Young’s baby blues, it isn’t too hard to understand what took this California boy from a ball field to the recording studio. His gritty vocals and impassioned lyrics are built on the same firm foundation that had him as a pre-draft selection of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays straight out of high school—hard work, sheer talent and that thing music industry execs and baseball talent scouts alike simply call heart.
With three independent albums already under his belt, Brett recently took his newest batch of songs into Blackberry Studios in Nashville, with David Hall at the production helm, known for his GRAMMY Award winning work as an engineer, with artists of nearly every genre. And true to form, showcasing that intensity and emotion in his recordings, of songs like “Fire” and “Breathe Again.”
When it comes to Brett Young, it isn’t so far from a pitcher’s mound to a major stage, and it doesn’t really matter what kind of Big Show you’re talking about. Because in the end, when you have that thing called heart, it shows. You may see it in his eyes, but you’ll hear it in his voice.
ROCK CANDY are Tom Gutierrez (guitar, vocals), Kurt Oelsner (drums), and Rob Martinez (bass vocals). Veterans of the Albuquerque music scene, ROCK CANDY play high energy hits from the 70s as well as the 50s, 60s, and 80s. Electric guitar and a rock steady beat drive tunes by legends such as the Rolling Stones, The Who, Cheap Trick, The Cars, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and many more!
The Patriotic Stage
The Air Force Band of the Southwest
The Air National Guard Band of the Southwest is a 39 member professional military band from Fort Worth, TX, covering a seven-state region of the Southwestern United States.
Designated by the governor as the "Official Band of Texas", they have performed for audiences around the world. In recent years it has given overseas concerts in Barbados, Bolivia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Nicaragua, Trinidad, Vanuatu, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, and Qatar. Stateside concerts have been held in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Their "usual" concert is a mix of patriotic music, traditional military marches, familiar pop songs, Americana, and wind band standards. See them at Freedom Fourth from 6-8 p.m.
The Firecracker Cafe is back and better than ever! Indulge in a fabulously prepared meal by our friends at A Taste of the Wild Catering while enjoying premium seating at Balloon Fiesta Park with great views of the Main Stage and Fireworks. More details and ticket sales will come soon.
All interested vendors are encouraged to submit an application. Applications will be accepted until June 12, 2015.
If you are interested in reserving a space at Freedom Fourth, please contact Jennifer with the Balloon Fiesta at (505) 821-1000. Reservations will be accepted until July 2, 2015.
Stay tuned for more information coming soon!
The following items are banned at Freedom 4th:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Glass containers of any kind
- Drug paraphernalia
The following items are allowed at Freedom 4th:
- Chairs and blankets
- Service animals
- Tents or canopies (must be staked to the ground)
- Coolers, which will be searched upon entry