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Freedom 4th

Celebrate Independence Day with the whole community!


Tuesday, July 4, 2023 | 3-10 p.m. | Balloon Fiesta Park

Join the City of Albuquerque and bring the family to Balloon Fiesta Park to celebrate our country's Independence Day. The brightest firework show in the state following a concert with local bands and national star Lindsay Ell. Gates open at 3 p.m. for this free event.

National Headliner 

Lindsay Ell Lindsay Ell photo

With more than 250M global career streams, Lindsay Ell has become one of country music's most celebrated female voices. Lauded as “one of the most exciting and talented young artists” (Forbes), Lindsay Ell has two Canadian #1 singles ("Criminal" / "want me back"), a US #1 PLATINUM-status single alongside Brantley Gilbert ("What Happens In A Small Town") and in 2022 was celebrated for her incredible work as Host of the return of Canada’s Got Talent. 

A 2023 Canadian Screen Award nominee (Best Host or Presenter, Factual or Reality/Competition), Ell has also been nominated for ACM Awards (New Female Vocalist (2019), New Female Vocalist (2020), Music Event of the Year (2020)), CMT Awards (Social Superstar (2015), Collaborative Video of the Year (2019)), CMA Awards (Musical Event of the Year (2019)) JUNO Awards (Country Album of the Year (2021)) and 18 CCMA Awards. Her GOLD single ("wAnt me back") led to the execution of her first Canadian headlining tour and allowed her to share the stage with her childhood idol, Shania Twain, at Canada’s biggest outdoor country festival, Boots & Hearts.

This spring Lindsay will return as host of City Tv’s Canada’s Got Talent and rejoin Shania Twain, performing in numerous US and Canadian markets on the Queen of Me Tour (April/May/June). 2023 will also see Ell continue her philanthropic work through the Make You Movement and release new music. 

Celebrate Independence Day with this new, and proud to be, American! Lindsay just gained her American citizenship in 2022.

Learn more about Lindsay Ell HERE.

Entertainment Schedule:

  • 4 p.m. – The Fabulous Martini-Tones - (Surf-Rock)
  • 5:15 p.m. – Austin Van - (Country)
  • 6:30 p.m. – Divino - (Latin)
  • 7:30 p.m. – 4th of July Ceremony featuring members of the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus and Albuquerque Fire Rescue Honor Guard
  • 7:45 p.m. – Lindsay Ell
  • 9:15 p.m. – Fireworks


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Food & Drink

Enjoy Albuquerque's favorite sweet and savory treats from local food vendors. Choose from a variety of delicious food such as grilled burgers, turkey legs, and roasted corn. Stay cool and grab a cold beverage or a snow cone. Dozens of options will be available from Albuquerque businesses. Visitors can head to The Cantina for a great view of the main stage and grab a beer, wine, or spirit from one of many local establishments.


Kids-Activities - Blue No WordsKids' Activities

There's something for all ages to have the best holiday celebration. Bring the kids for free fun including inflatable jumpers, two climbing walls, free face painting and more!




Admission & Transportation 

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

Getting There By Car 

Balloon Fiesta Park can be accessed off of the Southbound Frontage Road to Balloon Fiesta Parkway, San Mateo Blvd., or Balloon Museum Drive. 

Pre-pay for parking now and get the early-bird special of $8! Parking price will go up to $10 starting July 1, so pre-pay now!

Park & Ride

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. This is the parking area 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).

Bus service to the event will start at 3 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. Return trips to the two Park & Ride locations will begin immediately after the conclusion of the fireworks show. The last bus will leave Balloon Fiesta Park at 11 p.m. 

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

Getting There By Rideshare

Drivers can drop-off/pick-up passengers in the parking lot of the San Carlos Cemetery, east of Alameda Park Dr. (See Map).

Event-goers can then take a free shuttle to the event area. Parking is not available in this lot, please abide by all traffic direction.

Getting There By Bike 

Skip traffic on the road, stick to the trails and take advantage of the free Bike Valet provided by Esperanza Bicycle Education Center. Take the North Diversion Channel Trail to the northeast side of the Balloon Museum and look for the big yellow Valet signs. 

Take the North Diversion Channel Trail and look for the big yellow Valet signs. See Bike Path Map

Event Details

Permitted Items:

  • Chairs
  • Service Animals
  • Umbrellas
  • Tents or Canopies*
  • Coolers
  • Strollers

*All tents and canopies must be staked down. 
*Coolers and bags will be searched upon entry.
*Tents and canopies are not allowed on Park & Ride busses. 

Prohibited Items:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Glass
  • Drug Paraphernalia/Weapons
  • BBQ Grills
  • Pets
  • Fireworks

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