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Freedom Fourth

2019 Freedom 4th - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Wood with True Health

Thursday, July 4, 2019 | 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 with food, local beer in the Microbrew Garden and free children activities during Freedom 4th, presented by True Health New Mexico.


The application for this event is closed for vendors.


National Headliner – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

With 53 Years and counting, the iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in country-rock and American-roots music, continues to add to their legendary status. Their 1972 groundbreaking “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame. NGDB’s recording of “Mr. Bojangles” was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2014 “Fishin’ In the Dark” was certified platinum for digital downloads by the Recording Industry Association of America and in 2016 their concert film airing on PBS, “Circlin’ Back – Celebrating 50 Years” won an Emmy Award for Special Event Coverage. The band’s accolades include multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles”, multiple Grammy, International Bluegrass Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards and nominations.

Entertainment Schedule

  • 4 p.m. – Tylor Brandon
  • 5:15 p.m. – Joseph General and High Vibration
  • 6:30 p.m. – Sister Mary Mayhem
  • 7:35 p.m. – 4th of of July Ceremony – The Star Spangled Banner performed by Robyn Christian
  • 7:45 p.m. – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • 9:15 p.m. – Fireworks

2019 Freedom 4th - Opening Band 1

Tylor Brandon is a country music band based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born out of deep desire to get back to the root of old country music, the five-piece came together to form a group unlike any other in New Mexico. Tylor Brandon is all about showcasing the best in country music from all generations, and putting on a show to keep people on their feet, two-steppin’ the night away.

Joseph General and High Vibration began by fusing unity through the power of music. This multi-award winning, 6-piece reggae group is composed of some of Albuquerque’s top musicians and is considered a premier reggae band in New Mexico. With love and positivity at the heart of their message, the band delivers uplifting sounds and are determined to get audiences bobbing and swaying to their music.

Local rock band, Sister Mary Mayhem features the powerhouse vocals and bass grooves of Tess Fresquez. Tess is accompanied by the keen percussive acoustic and electric guitars and vocals of Jon Lee, the smooth melodic guitar riffs and vocals of Doug Miller and the solid percussive backbone drummer, Tommy Pannullo. The group’s intense sound, dynamic set list and precise musical talents converge with playing together for more than a decade. Influenced by Heart, Pat Benatar and Journey, this band rocks and entertains audiences all around New Mexico.

Admission & Transportation

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

Getting There By Car

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. (View Map)

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. Exact change is neededCASH ONLY PLEASE. 

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

Get 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. (Map)

RV Registration

Enjoy the view of the fireworks from the comfort of your own RV. Overnight RV camping space is available the night of Thursday, July 4th. To reserve your spot today, complete and submit a registration form and fee. (Registration Form)

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 turkey legs 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 such as Abbey Brewing Co.Bosque Brewing Co.Boxing Bear Brewing Co.Broken Trail Distillery & BreweryCanteen BrewhouseHollow Spirits DistilleryLa Cumbre Brewing Co.Left Turn DistilleryLost Hiker Brewing Co.Marble BreweryQuarter Celtic BrewpubRed Door BrewingSheehan WineryStarr Brothers Brewing CompanyThe 377 BreweryToltec Brewing and Tractor Brewing Co.

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.

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