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Mayor Keller Announces Fireworks Displays for Albuquerque on the 4th of July

City, County to put on four separate displays to allow families to enjoy fireworks from home with coronavirus restrictions still in place

Today, Mayor Tim Keller announced that the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County are partnering to bring Independence Day fireworks displays to each quadrant of the metro area—a move that will give people a chance to watch from home wherever they live and avoid congregating in mass gatherings in any one specific area. The displays will be set to music and broadcast on AM and FM radio. As COVID-19 forced the cancellation of large group events like the City of Albuquerque’s annual Freedom 4th celebration at Balloon Fiesta Park, local leaders developed a plan to spread the fireworks displays across the metro area to give families a chance to enjoy a show from home.

“This is a different kind of summer for Albuquerque, but our city is working to keep our community’s traditions going in safe, meaningful ways,” stated Mayor Keller. “Launching fireworks in each quadrant of the metro will allow families to commemorate our country’s founding while keeping everyone safe and healthy. We urge Burqueños to stay home this year and enjoy the fireworks and the time with family.”

He added, “This 4th of July in particular, with everything our country and community are going through, I’ll be using this holiday to reflect on how much work we have to do to live up to the aspirations of our country.”

“Bernalillo County is proud to celebrate the 4th by joining with the city in this great event,” says Bernalillo County Commissioner Stephen Michael Quezada. “We encourage everyone to get your grills going and enjoy a great night of food and fireworks fun from your own backyard.”

The four fireworks displays will launch from the Ladera Golf Course, North Domingo Baca Park, the Manzano Mesa Park, and Tom Tenorio Park. *Locations updated June 29, 2020

The sites will be closed to the public several hours ahead of the planned launch time of 9:20 p.m. (weather permitting) for safety reasons. The City is strongly discouraging residents from gathering near the launch sites. The Albuquerque Police Department, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, and the Metro Security Division of the Department of Municipal Development will have personnel at each launch site. Street parking around each site will also be restricted in the hours leading up to the launch time and throughout the event. City and County officials are urging families to enjoy the shows from their own homes.

CUMULUS MEDIA is partnering with the City and County to simultaneously broadcast on KKOB’s AM and FM channels a musical soundtrack during the fireworks displays. On-air personalities from several of CUMULUS’ stations will also broadcast a one-hour pre-show leading up to the fireworks displays.

WATCH: An announcement video from Mayor Tim Keller and City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Director Dave Simon.

Update: June 29, 2020

Over the weekend, Mayor Tim Keller announced that the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County are partnering to bring Independence Day fireworks displays to each quadrant of the metro area—a move that will give people a chance to watch from home wherever they live and avoid congregating in mass gatherings in any one specific area.

The City has since received significant feedback about the proximity of the Los Altos Golf Course, one of the locations chosen for a fireworks displays, to the Eastside Animal Shelter. Today, the Parks and Recreation Department is announcing a change in location, from the Los Altos Golf Course to the Manzano Mesa Park.

“We want to commemorate the Fourth of July in a meaningful way, while keeping everyone safe and healthy. We have heard the concerns about having fireworks at the Los Altos Golf Course and its proximity to the Eastside Animal Shelter. We are listening to the feedback and moving the display to another area in the Southeast quadrant,” said Parks and Recreation Director Dave Simon. 

The four fireworks displays will launch from the Ladera Golf Course, North Domingo Baca Park, the Manzano Mesa Park, and Tom Tenorio Park.