Freedom 4th

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Monday, July 4, 2022 | 3-10 p.m. | Balloon Fiesta Park

Plan to bring the family to Balloon Fiesta Park to celebrate our country's Independence Day. Enjoy the brightest firework show in the state with food, local beer in The Cantina and free children activities during a free, family-friendly event! (View event map).


National Headliner - Shenandoah

Shenandaoh 1280x800When country music lovers talk about the greatest groups in the genre, Shenandoah is always at the forefront of any discussion. Fueled by Marty Raybon’s distinctive vocals and the band’s skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering such hits as “Two Dozen Roses”, “Church on Cumberland Road” and “Next to You, Next to Me” as well as such achingly beautiful classics as “I Want to be Loved Like That” and the Grammy winning “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” duet with Alison Krauss. The boys from Muscle Shoals have left a potent legacy in country music with more than 300 million streams, over 8 million combined album sales, and 13 No. 1radio singles over the course of more than three decades. Today that legacy continues as Shenandoah embarks on their 35thAnniversary Tour.




Entertainment Schedule

  • 4 p.m. – Nathaniel Krantz (Country)
  • 5:15 p.m. – Mondo Vibrations (Reggae)
  • 6:30 p.m. – Str8 Shot (New Mexican)
  • 7:30 p.m. – 4th of July Ceremony 
  • 7:45 p.m. – Shenandoah (Country) 
  • 9:15 p.m. – Fireworks 


Nathaniel Krantz - Photo 2022Nathaniel Krantz, born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico took the country music scene by storm in two short years. He’s the most booked artist in New Mexico because of his energetic shows and performance. Nathaniel has a country music single titled "More Than A Ten" that was nominated for Country Music Single Of The Year in 2020. He has shared the stage with major country artist like, Seckond Chaynce, Josh Ward, Jon Wolfe, Bart Crow and Florida Georgia Line. Nathaniel always remembers his roots and represents New Mexico at every show he performs.





Mondo Vibrations - Photo 2022Mondo Vibrations is reggae soul with rock attitude! This band has bass lines to make hearts skip, drum beats to get feet movin', guitar riffs to nod to, soul-touching keys, and the mad scientist dread-lock guy playing almost any instrument on his guitar! Mondo has been around the southwest shaking the foundations for over 10 years and is here still to have fun through music and keep the good times rollin'! 






Str8 Shot - Photo 2022Str8 Shot is an award winning New Mexico Spanish Music/County/Variety band based out of Bernalillo, New Mexico. The band was established in 2013 and has gained huge popularity due to its unique style and ability to bring life to any venue. The band propelled to new heights in 2015 with the release of their first CD “El Primero.” The release was very successful and produced two Quince Grandes de Nuevo Mexico Music awards for their songs “Te Amo Y Te Deseo” and “Para Que Vivo”. “Bring It On Home (Traemelo)” also won an award for Bilingual Song of the Year from the New Mexico Hispano Music Association.  





The-Cantina - Blue No Words

Food & Drink

Celebrate with family and 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 businesses like Alitas LLC, Bing Tea, Busy Bee Frozen Custard, CC's Concessions, CCR Roasting, Craft Q BBQ, dd’s babycakes, Four Corners Squeezers, G&C BBQ, Higher Calling Concessions, JJ's Concessions, JPZ Concessions, Kimo's Hawaiian BBQ, Kona Ice Of Albuquerque, New Mexico's Best Kettle Korn, Platero Fry Bread, Pop Pop's Italian Ice, Quesada's NM Food & Exotic Funnel Cakes, Rex's Hamburgers, Tikka Spice, and VIX re-PHIL. 

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 like Boxing Bear Brewing, Brew Lab 101 Beer & Cider Co., Canteen Brewhouse, Hollow Spirits Distillery, La Cumbre Brewing Co., Left Turn Distilling and Palmer Brewing, Marble Brewing, Quarter Celtic Brewpub, Red Door Brewing Co., Red Door Brewing featuring Nikle Co., ReSource Brewing Co., Santa Fe Brewing Company, Sheehan Winery, Sidetrack Brewing Co., Tractor Brewing Company and Vara Winery


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 

Pre-pay for parking to experience a contactless parking process:
Show your confirmation on your mobile device upon arrival at the Balloon Fiesta Park parking lots. 

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

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

Park & Ride

Beat the traffic with a Park & Ride Service provided by ABQ Ride. Catch a ride from either the Cottonwood or Coronado Mall location, it is sure to be accessible to all. 
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

RV Registration

Enjoy the event and then return to the comfort of your own RV. Overnight RV camping space is available the night of Monday, July 4th. 

The deadline to register for an RV parking space has passed. 

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


The deadline to apply to participate as a vendor in Freedom 4th has passed. 

Thank you to our sponsors! 

The Bull logo 2018  A jpg of the Hot 95.1 Logo for Sponsorship page of the OneABQ Challenge Celebration.  Big I Logo  The Edge logo 2018  94 Rock Logo  Lucky Boyz logo  

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