Every year Las Vegas’ fiestas showcase the very best in local and award-winning entertainment. The weekend festivities, from July 1-4, offer live music, family activities, a fishing derby, kids carnival and a fireworks extravaganza. Listen to Spanish music throughout the four days with a free concert from five-time Grammy Award winning Little Joe y La Familia on July 4 with festive fireworks planned for that evening to culminate the holiday weekend.
Start the day at 10 a.m. on Main Street for the town’s annual parade - a show of decorated floats, equestrian units, car clubs, vintage jeeps and more in this neighborhood celebration. Afterwards, stroll to Brandenburg Park to enjoy live music, food and old-fashioned games on the lawn, including the annual July 4th Egg Toss. Cap off the day with the fireworks show over Eagle Nest Lake.
Take in a traditional parade through Silver City’s downtown Historic District, then spend the afternoon relaxing in the park, enjoying live music and eating ice cream in the newly renovated courtyard of the Silver City Museum during the town's annual Ice Cream Social. After you've had your fill in root beer floats and won a cake at the cake walk, take a stroll inside the museum's new exhibit, 50 Years Ago In Silver City, which celebrates 2017 as the museum's 50th year anniversary.
Festivities kick off early with a free pancake breakfast with Mayor Dan Barrone at Taos Plaza from 8 – 10 a.m. Partake in the annual tradition of The Arroyo Seco Parade, known for its unexpected floats, quirky costumes and fun surprises. Afterwards, climb to cooler temperatures along highway NM-150 north to Taos Ski Valley where, starting at 1 p.m., The Bavarian Lodge will have games and activities along with food and live music. Later that evening, the Town of Taos is hosting a free concert at Kit Carson Park featuring headliner, Ozomatli.
Elephant Butte Lake State Park
Make your way to Elephant Butte Lake State Park over the weekend for the annual fireworks show set for Saturday, July 1, at 9 p.m. Come early to boat, jet ski, paddle board, fish, swim, hike or golf then stay for a fireworks extravaganza reflected on the waters of the state’s largest body of water.
Smokey Bear Stampede in Capitan
Spend your 4th of July weekend with eight rodeos in four days! The nation’s largest open rodeo weekend includes four nightly rodeos, two-day ranch rodeo, youth ranch rodeo, kid’s rough stock rodeo, cook-off, kids events, and nightly dances. On July 4th, enjoy a full day of Independence celebration with a campfire dutch oven competition, mutton bustin’, steer riding, evening rodeo, fireworks, and a dance.
Red, White and Balloons at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum
Celebrate the 4th of July at the Balloon Museum for a fun night with the whole family! Enjoy the expansive lawn and be awed by the spectacular view of the fireworks show. Bring a picnic or purchase food from an array of food trucks, imbibe at the bar, dance to the tunes of the Albuquerque Concert Band, bask in an exclusive balloon glow and finish your night with the best view of the fireworks in town.
Rio Rancho Pork & Brew
The 14th Annual Pork & Brew will return to the Santa Ana Star Center July 1-3 just in time to satisfy your July 4th appetite. Experience the many varieties of BBQ and the "low and slow" cooking process that separates real BBQ from backyard grilling. This three-day festival featuring BBQ, local craft beer, live music and interactive family activities will be one of the biggest events of the summer and a great way to enjoy your holiday weekend.
Santa Fe Wine Festival
Celebrate your freedom with handmade wines from the New Mexico Wine and Grape Growers Association at the 24th Annual Santa Fe Wine Festival July 1 & 2 at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Taste mouthwatering food, dance to live music, buy unique arts and crafts, and explore New Mexico’s history at Santa Fe’s longest running wine festival.
Las Cruces Red, White & Brew Wine & Beer Festival
Head to the Las Cruces Convention Center Friday, June 30-Sunday, July 2 for some of the best New Mexico wines and microbrews along with samplings, vendors, food and entertainment.