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Avoid Traffic. Take ABQ RIDE to the Freedom 4th Celebration

Park and Ride Service at Cottonwood Mall and Coronado Center

Take ABQ RIDE to the annual Freedom 4th celebration on July 4 and leave behind the parking hassles.

Two Park and Ride locations will once again provide bus service to and from the celebration. On the Westside, the parking area is at Cottonwood Mall, just off 7 Bar Loop Rd NW. The designated parking area for this location is on the north side of the mall, between Old Navy and Regal Cinemas Cottonwood 16. The traditional Eastside parking location is at Coronado Center (west of Dick’s Sporting Goods on San Pedro, south of Menaul).

 “ABQ RIDE’s shuttles are still the quickest way to get in and out of Balloon Fiesta Park for the event,” stated Mayor Tim Keller. “We know many families come out to enjoy Freedom 4th and we encourage them to take full advantage of the shuttle service.”

Bus service to Freedom 4th will start at 3:00 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.  Return trips to the two Park and Ride locations at Coronado Center and Cottonwood Mall will begin immediately after the conclusion of the fireworks show, with the last bus leaving Balloon Fiesta Park at 11 p.m.

Round-trip cost for riding the bus is:

  • $1 for adults
  • 35 cents for honored citizens (62 years and older and disabled) and students ages 10-18
  • Children nine and under ride free
  • Cash only
  • Exact change is needed and bus passes will not be honored for this event.

The following is allowed at Balloon Fiesta Park and on the Park and Ride buses:

Sealed plastic containers, blankets, strollers, umbrellas, picnic food and small compact chairs. Coolers and picnic baskets are subject to search prior to loading onto the Park and Ride buses.

The following will not be allowed at Balloon Fiesta Park or on the Park and Ride buses:

Pets, alcoholic beverages, glass containers, weapons, fireworks, and open containers. You also cannot bring B-B-Q grills, camp stoves or other cooking devices or pop-up tents.