Freedom 4th 2015!
Save the date. Join us from 4 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:
Round-trip cost for riding the bus:
- Adults - $1
- Honored citizens (62 years and older or handicapped) - 35 cents
- Students (ages 10-18) - 35 cents
- Children 9 and younger - Free
Cash only. Exact change is needed.
Bus passes will not be honored for this event.
Park & Ride service inbound to the Park beginning 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.
The Main Stage showcases local musicians throughout the day featuring country duo Thompson Square followed by one of the state's largest fireworks displays in a stunning 24 minute show set to patriotic tunes.
Downloadable map of field
- 4-5 p.m.- Merican Slang
- 5:15-6:15 p.m.- Rock Candy
- 6:30-7:30 p.m.- Brett Young
- 7:45 p.m.- Pledge of Allegiance by Girls Scouts of New Mexico Trails
- 7:55 p.m.- National Anthem by Relative Voices
- 8 p.m.- Thompson Square
- 9:20 p.m.- Fireworks
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!
Inspired by Webster’s Dictionary of American Slang, established in April 2011, Merican Slang is a Funk variety band based in Albuquerque, NM. “Often described as experimental and unique, Merican Slang’s music has been likened to the JBs and the Meters” (Local IQ Magazine). Merican Slang celebrated the release of its debut EP, “Elephonic Presents: Merican Slang, Volume 1, 1st Edition." The track, “Funky Feeding Frenzy,” features flow from Hakim Bellamy, Albuquerque’s FIRST Poet Laureate. Songs from the EP have since been aired on local radio on several occasions. Merican Slang’s fan base loves to dance, and they love to party!
The Patriotic Stage
The Air Force Band of the Southwest
The 531st Air Force 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.
Food and Drink
Enjoy some local favorites at Freedom 4th! You can find faire food like curly fries and turkey legs, sweet treats including shaved ice and ice cream, classics like burgers and pizza and more. With more than 30 different food trucks there is sure to be something to please all likes and tastes. Adults can quench their thirst in the Microbrew Garden. This year's featured breweries include La Cumbre Brewery, Bosque Brewing, Broken Bottle Brewery, Santa Fe Brewing, Marble Brewery, Kactus Brewery, Abbey Brewing, Left Turn Distillary, Red Door Brewing and Il Vicino. In addition to the breweries, St. Claire Winery will be serving some tasty drinks.
THE FIRECRACKER CAFE EXPERIENCE
Celebrate the 4th of July in style at the Firecracker Cafe! New and improved this year, the Cafe will provide you an experience you won't forget. Indulge in a fabulously prepared meal while enjoying premium seating at Balloon Fiesta Park with great views of the Main Stage and Fireworks. Doors open at 4 p.m. Food will be served 5-7 p.m.
Included with your ticket:
- A catered meal by Taste of the Wild Catering featuring a buffet with a Gourmet Burger Bar, Foot Long Chili Cheese Dogs, Salad Bar, Grilled Corn on the Cob, and a Brownie Dessert Bar. Nonalcoholic drinks are included. Local beer and wine are available for purchase.
- Parking pass with exclusive access road to and from event to avoid main traffic.
- Access to premier front row stage viewing area
- Access to hospitality tent with view of firework show and stage. Includes private, indoor restrooms, shade, premier concert sound, and air conditioning.
Cafe Ticket Prices
Adults - $50
Children ages 4-12 - $25
Children Under 3- Free
Firecracker Cafe tickets have sold out.
Freedom 4th is a blast for the whole family! The kids' area is full of different activities for fun-seekers of all ages! Get your face painted however you'd like, get a temporary tattoo from our talented henna artists, take a shot at climbing the giant rock wall, or bounce the Independence Day away in huge inflatables. All of these activities can be found for FREE at Freedom 4th.
Take some time to cruise by the Car Show at Freedom 4th! This giant show will feature muscle cars, hot rods, classics and more! If you are interested in participating and having your car shown for FREE, contact Ryan at [email protected]. All makes, models, and years are welcome! Don't miss out on this fun opportunity for automobile lovers and car enthusiasts alike!
For more information, download the Freedom 4th Car Show Flyer.
If you are interested in reserving a space at Freedom 4th, please contact Jennifer with the Balloon Fiesta at (505) 821-1000. Reservations will be accepted until July 2, 2015.
The following items are banned at Freedom 4th:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Glass containers of any kind
- Drug paraphernalia
You also cannot bring B-B-Q grills, camp stoves or other cooking devices.
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
Coolers and picnic baskets are subject to search prior to entering the park.