July 04--"Pop Goes the Fort": A 50-gun "Salute to the Union" will kick off the July 4 festivities at Biggs Park, Fort Bliss at 5:30 p.m. A performance by the 1st Armored Division Band is set for 6:30 p.m. and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, with the iconic USO Show Troupe, will perform at 8 p.m. A fireworks display will follow. 532-3776, epso.org.
Music Under the Stars: The El Paso Wind Symphony and Firework Spectacular will take the stage at 7 p.m. at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. 532-7273, elpasolive.com.
Parade: The 18th Annual Independence Day Parade will start at 9 a.m. at Western Hills Methodist Church, 530 Thunderbird. "Chico," the El Paso Chihuahuas mascot, will be this year's grand marshal. rotarywestelpaso.org, 820-2955.
San Elizario: Art galleries in the San Elizario Historic District will be open and there will be music and refreshments from 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate July 4. There will be live entertainment at the Bandido Cantina at 7 p.m. and a special Fourth of July Fire Show at 8 and 9 p.m. Also, "Young Guns" will be shown as part of the "Movie On The Wall" series at sundown on Main Street. Free. 841-0093, 851-6012.
Rim Area Neighborhood: The historic neighborhood will celebrate Independence Day with its 17th annual parade and patriotic costume contest, starting at 10 a.m. at the corner of Rim Road, Brown Street and Kerbey Avenue. It will end at Tom Lea Park. Parade grand marshals will be Risher and Bob Gilbert. Anyone interested in walking or biking in the parade should arrive by 9:45 a.m. Free and open to the public. 545-2935.
Wet-N-Wild: The waterpark will feature water fun all day and a fireworks display at 9 p.m. at the amusement park. 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas. $21.99 for ages 13-64; $14.99 for ages 65 and up; $18.99 for ages 4-12; $2.99 for ages 1-3; free for age 1 and under. wetnwildwaterword.com, 886-2222.
Alamogordo: An Independence Day parade will start at 10 a.m. at 10th street, run through Oregon Street and finish at 9th Street. 575-439-4205. A fireworks display is set for 9:15 p.m. Music for the program will be carried live on KZZX Radio, 105.3 FM. 877-333-6589, nmspacemuseum.org.
Anthony, N.M.: A July 4 carnival and festival is set from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Anthony Municipal Park. A parade will kick off the festivities. Free. 575-882-2983.
Capitan: The 59th annual "Smokey Bear Stampede" is July 4-6 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, Capitan, N.M. A holiday parade is set for 10 a.m. The nightly rodeo will start at 7 p.m. followed by a dance at 9 p.m.$5. 575-534-2202, villageofcapitan.com.
Cloudcroft: A July 4 parade is at 2 p.m. at Highway 82 and Burro Avenue. Decorate your wheels, self and pets. Cloudcroft Light Opera Company will present "Man of the House" at 7:30 p.m. at Cloudcroft'sOpen Air Pavilion. A street dance is set for 7 p.m.July 5. Free. 866-874-4447, 575-682-2733.
Deming: A holiday fireworks display is set for 8:30 p.m. at the Southwestern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Free. 575-546-8848.
La ViÑa Winery: The La ViÑa Winery Country Picnic, with entertainment by Live By Request, is set for 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the winery, 4201 S. Highway 28, La Union. Hamburgers and hot dogs, tables and chairs will be available or bring your own lawn chairs and picnic baskets. No coolers or pets. Free. $4, $5, $7. 575-882-7632, lavinawinery.com.
Las Cruces: The Las Cruces Fourth of July Streetfest and fireworks is set for noon to 10 p.m. at the Field of Dreams, 2501 Tashiro Road. Don McLean will perform at 8 p.m. Free. 575-541-2000, las-cruces.org.
Mesilla: A fireworks display is et for 9 p.m. at 1740 Calle de Mercado. Free. Bring lawn chairs; no alcohol or pets allowed. 575-524-3262, ext. 116, mesilla-nm.org.
Museum light show: The New Mexico Museum of Space History will present "American Pride," a laser light show set to a mix of mainstream patriotic and popular music at 1 p.m. at the museum, Highway 2001, Alamogordo, N.M.$6 adults; $5 seniors and military; $4 for ages 4-12' free for ages 3 and under. nmspacemuseum.org, 575-437-2840.
Silver City: The town will celebrate Independence Day with a daylong celebration at Gough Park, Silver City: 10 a.m. Kiwanis Cowboy Breakfast; 10 a.m. parade with horses honoring Gold Star Mothers; noon to 5 p.m. live music by area bands; 9 p.m. fireworks display fireworks. Free; food tickets $1-$3. 575-538-5921, silvercitymuseum.org.
Socorro, N.M.: Live music and entertainment will start the July 4 event at 11 a.m. at New Mexico Tech, 801 Leroy. Fireworks will be at 9:30 p.m. Free. 575-835-5688.
Western Playland: The amusement park will open from 3 to 10 p.m. and will feature a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. at the park, 1249 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park, N.M.$20.45 for an all-ride ticket. 575-589-3410, westernplayland.com.
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