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Freedom 4th

Free | Family | Fun | Concert

2018 Freedom 4th Headliner Jo Dee Messina on Wood and Tin with sponsor

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | 3-10 p.m.

Balloon Fiesta Park 

Join us at Balloon Fiesta Park to celebrate our country's Independence Day. Enjoy the largest firework show in the state, food, local beer in the Microbrew Garden and free children activities during Freedom 4th presented by True Health New Mexico

Performers

National Headliner - Jo Dee Messina

Jo Dee Messina is a seasoned veteran in the music industry, always evolving and reintroducing herself and her sound as she gains new experiences in life. Jump-starting her career, Jo Dee’s breakout song, “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” made her a household name. Following the success of her debut, Jo Dee posted nine No. 1 hits, sixteen Top 40 songs, sold over five million albums worldwide, and was honored by the ACM Awards, CMA Awards, and GRAMMY Awards. As Jo Dee’s resumé grew, she proved to be a trendsetter and history-maker, becoming the first female in country music history to celebrate three consecutive multi-week, chart-topping songs. Fueled by faith, belief, and love, Jo Dee pours her heart and soul into everybody she meets and everything she touches, which is perhaps why Jo Dee Messina is such a timeless name in the music industry. Enjoy this country icon as she performs her emotionally-driven songs during this year’s Freedom 4th event.

Entertainment Schedule

  • 4 p.m. - Slim and the Bluetones
  • 5:10 p.m. - Native Roots
  • 6:30 p.m. - Severo y Grupo Fuego
  • 7:50 p.m. - 4th of July Ceremony - The Star Spangled Banner by New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus
  • 8 p.m. - Jo Dee Messina
  • 9:15 p.m. - Fireworks

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Slim and the Bluetones takes the influence of old and new-school blues and rock and creates a sound that respects the two traditions. The band's stage will be filled with an entertaining mix of  swinging Blues and West Coast Blues. Their tunes are sure to showcase the talents of all four band members. 

Native Roots was formed in 1997 by musician John L. Williams (Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux) and lyricist/vocalist Emmett "Shkeme" Garcia (Santa Ana Pueblo) to reach out with a message of pride, unity, and respect among all nations, through the universal language of music. This dynamic and award winning combination has produced three albums that have propelled Native Roots into the Native American and Reggae music scene as the premier Native American Reggae band whose music is Native American written, produced, and performed. 

Severo y Grupo Fuego was formed when Latin superstar, Severo Martinez, joined bringing cumbia flavor and a touch of tropical rhythm with him. The band has won the hearts of audiences across the Southwest with their high energy, Latin dance music. Experience the variety of styles as we celebrate our country's independence during this year's Freedom 4th! 

The New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus strives to be an empowering voice for the GLBT community 2018 NMGMC Logoand to enrich a greater New Mexican community through their choral excellence. The group began in 1981 as a sixteen-member group and has varied in size from eight to forty. Enjoy their harmonies as the ensemble performs America the Beautiful and The Star Spangled Banner on stage at Freedom 4th just before the national headliner performs. 

Admission & Transportation

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

Park & Ride

Beat the traffic with Park & Ride Service. With two locations on each side of town, it is sure to be accessible to all. Catch a ride from either the Cottonwood or Coronado Mall location.

Bus service to the event will start at 3 p.m. and end at 8 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.

Park & Ride Rates

  • Adults: $1
  • Seniors 62 & Up and Handicapped Citizens: .35 cents
  • Students (age 10-18): .35 cents
  • Children 9 and Younger: Free

All rates are round trip. Cash only. Exact change is needed.

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

Getting There By Car

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

Balloon Fiesta Park can be accessed off of the Southbound Frontage Road to Balloon Fiesta Parkway. (View Map)

Getting There By Bike

Take advantage of the free Bike Valet provided by Esperanza Bicycle Education Center. (View Map) The bike valet is located on the north side of the Albuquerque Balloon Museum, just south of Balloon Fiesta Park. Look for the big yellow banners!

RV Reservations 

Enjoy the view of the fireworks from the comfort of your own RV. Overnight RV camping will be available the night of Wednesday, July 4th. Reservations are required. Registration closed June 27 at 5 p.m. 

Food & Drink

Freedom 4th will feature Albuquerque's favorite sweet and savory treats from local food vendors. Enjoy a variety of delicious food such as grilled burgers, fried chicken, roasted corn and good ol' American hot dogs from local food vendors. Stay cool and grab a cold beverage, some ice cream or a snow cone. 

Microbrew Garden

Visitors can also head to our Microbrew Garden for a great view of the main stage and grab a beer, wine, or spirit from one of many local establishments.

Children's Activities

Freedom 4th will be a great time for all ages. Bring the children for free fun including jumpers, two rock walls, free face painting and more!

Be in the Know

Permitted Items:                                               
     - Chairs                                                             
     - Service Animals                    
     - Umbrellas   
     - Tents or Conopies*                                                 
     - Coolers* 
     - Strollers 
* All tents and canopies must be staked down. Tents and canopies are not allowed on Park & Ride buses. 
* All coolers and bags will be searched upon entry.

Prohibited Items: 
     - Alcoholic beverages
     - Glass containers of any kind 
     - Drug Paraphernalia / Weapons
     - BBQ Grills 
     - Pets
     - Fireworks

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

Freedom 4th is presented by 

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Sponsors

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Transportation Sponsor 

The official Transportation Sponsor of Freedom 4th, Lucky Boyz Limousine

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