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July 4 celebrations take place across southern New Mexico

July 3, 2014

By S. Derrickson Moore, Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M.

July 03--LAS CRUCES -- Would you like to spend your Saturday watching fireworks reflected on a large body of water at Elephant Butte? Or you could travel to Alamogordo on Friday and watch the rockets' red glare surrounded by historic rockets at the New Mexico Museum of Space History.

Other options for fun on the Fourth include picnics, concerts, comics and UFOs, melodramas, parades and an old-fashioned ice cream social.

It's not too late to plan a short road trip or map out your best strategy for enjoying the holiday closer to home.

The city of Las Cruces'Fourth of July festivities move to a new location this year, from the Hadley Complex to Field of Dreams at 2501 Tashiro Road. The festivities will begin at noon Friday with a street festival with family fun, including a large-scale obstacle course, group and team games, food and beverage venders and local entertainers and will end with fireworks and music.

Grammy Award-winning performer and songwriter Don McLean, famed for hits such as "American Pie," will headline an entertainment roster that includes Yesterday, a Beatles cover band from Las Vegas, Nevada, and Indigenous, an American Indian blues band.

Fireworks celebrations are also planned in Mesilla, Anthony, Silver City, Deming, Socorro (where New Mexico Tech'sEnergetic Materials Research and Testing Center will take charge of pyrotechnics) and El Paso.

Music Under the Stars Independence Day Patriotic Concert and Fireworks Spectacular will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial St., in El Paso featuring a concert by the El Paso Wind Symphony with a fireworks finale and a special treat. If you're among the first 5,000 to arrive, you'll get free 3-D fireworks glasses.

How about a road trip?

Friday, Silver City will host a parade featuring horses and patriotic themes (this year, Gold Star Mothers will be honored), a cowboy breakfast and barbecue lunch, live music, arts and crafts at Gough Park, and fireworks at Hilltop. Also in their historic downtown area, the Silver City Museum hosts its 31st annual Ice Cream Social with ice cream and floats, a cakewalk, kiddie train and Wild West kids' games, such as stick-horse racing and calf roping.

For an out-of-this-world celebration that runs through Sunday, visit the Roswell UFO Festival, commemorating that reported extra-terrestrial landing in July of 1947. Fireworks will be at 9:15 p.m. today at the Cielo Grande Recreation Area. Festival highlights will include a CosmiCon, speakers, fun run, UFO venders mart, entertainment, carnival, family events and lots more. Stick around for Saturday's alien costume contests (for people at 3 p.m. and pets at 10 a.m.), and a light parade, Check out the full agenda at

If you're in the mood for traditional small-town fun, Cloudcroft will celebrate the Fourth of July with a parade, a community potluck and barbecue, a street dance and melodrama.

Enjoy a country picnic with music from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at La ViÑa Winery in La Union. Live By Request entertains and there will be croquet, badminton, water slides, tents, hamburgers and hot dogs. No coolers or pets are allowed, but they will have tables and chairs and food and beveages will be available, or you're welcome to bring your own lawn chair or picnic.

Alamogordo's annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza begins with a 7 p.m. rock and country concert with Gasoline Alley at New Mexico Museum of Space History, International Space Hall of Fame Museum grounds.

"More than 7,000 individual shots will be fired, an increase of about 500 shots more than last year. This is one of the largest fireworks shows in the state" said Chris Orwoll, the museum's executive director.

"VIP Parking Pass holders will be able to drive up the hill to the museum beginning at 6 p.m. today. You can enjoy the show from the comfort of your lawn chair right next to your car. Each vehicle gets one pass, which translates to two parking spaces, one for the car and one for the party," said Cathy Harper, museum marketing director.

For VIP membership information and passes, call 437-2840 or 1-877-333-6589, or

Extend the fun with a trip to Elephant Butte on Saturday where fireworks will be launched at dusk over Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Regular park fees will be waived from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday during the display.

S. Derrickson Moore may be reached at 575-541-5450.

If you go

Las Cruces

City of Las Cruces Fourth of July Streetfest and Fireworks

When: Noon to 10 p.m. Friday

Where: Field of Dreams, 2501 Tashiro Road

How much: Free

Info: 575-541-2000,


Noon: Youth and Family activities begin, large scale obstacle course, group and team games, food and beverage venders

4 p.m.: Local entertainers, food & beverage vendors

6 p.m.: Yesterday, Beatles Tribute Band

8 p.m.: Don McLean, pop and rock

9 p.m.: Mayor's welcome, Presentation of Colors, National Anthem

9:30 p.m.: Fireworks display

10 p.m.: Indigenous, blues, rock and jazz

City of Las Cruces Garrison Flag Raising

When: Flag will be raised at 8 a.m. and lowered at 5 p.m. Friday

Where: Veterans Park, 2651 Roadrunner Parkway

How much: Free, public welcome

Info: 575-541-2200


Mesilla Music and Fireworks

When: Fireworks 9 p.m. Friday, deejay on site with music

Where: East end of Mercado de la Mesilla, 1740 Calle de Mercado (behind Las Cruces Academy)

How much: Free

Bring: Lawn chairs. No alcohol or pets allowed.

Info: 575-524-3262, ext. 116,,


Alamogordo Fireworks Extravaganza

When: 7 p.m. live band; 9:15 p.m. fireworks, Friday

Where: New Mexico Museum of Space History, International Space Hall of Fame Museum grounds

Highlights: Joint fireworks show by city of Alamogordo, museum and its foundation, music for the program will be carried live on KZZX Radio, 105.3 FM. Gasoline Alley will be playing a mix of classic rock and country.

How much: Free viewing at sites around town, museum ground access with VIP parking passes only.

Info: Membership VIP passes: 877-333-6589,

Alamogordo Independence Day Parade

When: 10 a.m. Friday

Where: From 10th and Oregon to New York Street south to 9th Street

How much: Free

Info: 575-439-4205, 439-4142

Anthony, N.M.

Fourth of July Parade and Festival

When: Friday

Where: Anthony Municipal Park

Highlights: Parade at 10 a.m., carnival and festival after parade until fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

How much: Free

Info: 575-882-2983

Wet 'N' Wild Fourth of July Fireworks

When: Fireworks at 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Take Interstate 10 east to Anthony Exit 0, go straight onto the access road, park is on your right.

How much: Regular fees: $21.99 ages 13 to 64, age 65 and up/picnic fee $14.99, $18.99 ages 4 to 12, $2.99 ages 1 to 3, under 1 free, season pass $39.99

Info: 915-886-2222,


Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

When: Join Fourth of July parade at 2 p.m. Friday at Hwy. 82 and Burro Ave. Decorate your wheels, self and pets to compete for honors in walking, wheels and animals categories, Fourth of July street dance at 7 p.m. Saturday on Burro Ave.

Where: Downtown Cloudcroft

How much: Free

Info: 575-682-2733, 866-874-4447

Plus: Community Potluck Barbecue, 4 p.m. Saturday at Zenith Park. Cloudcroft Light Opera Company presents free melodrama,"Man of the House" by Robert Blair at 7:30 p.m. Ftoday and Saturday, at Cloudcroft'sOpen Air Pavilion. Cheer for the hero and boo the villain. Info: 866-874-4447,


Deming Fireworks Display

When: 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Southwestern New Mexico State/Luna County Fairgrounds, Deming

How much: Free

Info: 1-575-546-8848

El Paso

2014 Music Under the Stars Independence Day Patriotic Concert and Fireworks Spectacular

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial St.

Highlights: El Paso Wind Symphony performs, fireworks finale at 9 p.m. First 5,000 visitors get free 3-D fireworks glasses.

How much: Free

Info: 915-212-1777. Note: Park at the El Paso Zoo and take a free shuttle to the park from 6 to 10 p.m.

Elephant Butte

Independence Day Fireworks Celebration

When: Dusk on Saturday

Where: Elephant Butte Lake State Park

How much: Park fees are waived from 6 to 9 p.m.

Info: 575-744-5923

La Union

La ViÑa Winery Country Picnic

When: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday

Where: La ViÑa Winery, 4201 S. Highway 28, La Union

Highlights: Live By Request entertains, croquet, badminton, water slides, tents, hamburgers and hot dogs, tables and chairs or bring your own lawn chair or picnic. No coolers or pets.

How much: Admission free, water and soda $1, wine $4 to $7, wine margaritas $5

Info: 575-882-7632,,

Silver City

Silver City Independence Day

When: Events all day Friday

Where: Gough Park, Silver City downtown area

Highlights: 7 to 10 a.m. Kiwanis Cowboy Breakfast, 10 a.m. parade with horses honoring Gold Star Mothers, day-long festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Gough Park with food vendors, barbecue lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., games and kids' activities, live music by area bands from noon to 5 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. at Hilltop.

How much: Most activities free

Info: Chamber of Commerce, 575-538-3785,

31st annual Ice Cream Social

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday

Where: Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway St., Silver City

Highlights: Kiddie train, ice cream and floats, cakewalk, historical kids games, stick horse racing, calf roping

How much: Admission free, food tickets $1-$3

Info: 575-538-5921,


2014 UFO Festival

When: Continuing through Sunday

Where: Venues throughout Roswell

Highlights: Speakers, alien costume contest, alien pet costume contest, light parade, fun run, comic con, UFO venders mart, entertainment, carnival, family events

How much: Many events free



22nd annual Fourth of July Celebration

When: 11 a.m. Friday

Where: New Mexico Tech, Socorro

Highlights: Hurricanes, El Gringo, Suavecito, The Remedy, Clan Tynker magic show, water slides, balloon jump, barbecue, Socorro Community Band, martial art demonstrations, belly dance troupe, fireworks at 9:30 p.m. by New Mexico Tech'sEnergetic Materials Research and Testing Center

How much: Free

Info: Ronna Kalish; 575-835-5688

Sunland Park

Western Playland Fourth of July

When: 3 to 10 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Across from Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, from Interstate 10 take Sunland Park exit 13, south to 1249 Futurity Drive

Highlights: Fireworks, rides, 25-acre amusement park

How much: $20.45, all-ride ticket

Info: 575-589-3410,


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