Fourth of July is a fun day no matter what part of the country you’re in, but in Albuquerque, it’s one of the best days of the year! The main reason? The annual Freedom Fourth Festival, a free celebration for this special national holiday. If you’ve booked a hotel in Albuquerque for this weekend, make sure to head over to Fiesta Balloon Park for a day filled with food, drinks and fun! Follow our guide to make sure your day at the festival is spectacular.
Feast on Fourth of July Food
If you’re a foodie, the Freedom Fourth Festival is the place to be. If you’re looking for a complete meal, head over to the Firecracker Cafe for a catered feast from A Taste of the Wild Catering. This year’s meal includes chipotle honey glazed BBQ chicken, beef brisket, corn on the cob, seasoned potatoes, red wine vinegar salad and a build-your-own-dessert bar with brownies, shortcake, angel food cake and whipped topping. This year’s festival also features more than 30 food trucks of all cuisine types. Can’t choose one type of food? Get some to go and store it in the refrigerator back in your hotel suite!
Down Some Delicious Drinks
In addition to the incredible food selection, Freedom Fourth will also feature drinks from multiple breweries and distilleries around the Albuquerque area, including:
- Marble Brewery—Offers Pilsner, Amber Ale, Wildflower Wheat, India Pale Ale, Double India Pale Ale, Red Ale, 111 Farmhouse and more
- II Vicino—Offers 28 M American Wheat, Il Vicino Special, Slow Down Brown, Wet Mountain IPA and more
- Bosque Brewing Company—Offers Ember IPA, Scotia Scotch Ale, Cumulus Wheat IPA, Kindling Golden Ale, Driftwood Oatmeal Stout and more
- La Cumbre Brewing Co.—Offers Pyramid Rock Amber Ale, South Peak Pilsner, A Slice of Hefen and more
- Broken Bottle Brewery—Offers Mulligan Stout, David Hasselheffe, June Bug Summer Ale, Year Two IPA and more
- Abbey Brewing Company—Offers Brother Dan’s Double, Immaculate IPA, Father Theodore’s Stout and Brother Aaron’s Quadruple
- Santa Fe Brewing Company—Offers Santa Fe Pale Ale, Kriek, State Pen Porter, Chicken Killery Barley Wine, Happy Camper IPA and more.
- Left Turn Distilling—Offers Brothers Old Tom Gin, New Mexico Blue Corn Whiskey and more
Enjoy the Entertainment
Once you’ve had a satisfying meal from any of the many food and drink vendors, now’s the time to relax with some fun musical acts. This year, Wynonna and the Big Noise are headlining the festival, and many other bands are scheduled to perform as well. After Wynonna and the Big Noise’s show is over, end the evening watching the beautiful and exciting fireworks display complete with patriotic songs.
The entertainment schedule for Freedom Fourth is as follows:
- 4:45 to 5:30 p.m.: Sim Balkey & the Honky Tonk Crew
- 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.: Joanie and Combo Special
- 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.: Rudy Boy Experiment
- 7:45 to 8 p.m.: National anthem
- 8 to 9:15 p.m.: Wynonna and the Big Noise
- 9:20 to 9:40 p.m.: Fireworks
Things to Keep in Mind
The Albuquerque Freedom Fourth is sure to be a blast, but the event organizers have set a few guidelines that you and your family will need to keep in mind. The festival prohibits attendees from bringing in alcoholic beverages, drug paraphernalia, glass containers, weapons, pets, and any kind of fireworks. Freedom Fourth-goers are allowed to bring service animals, tents/canopies, chairs, blankets, umbrellas, coolers (which will be searched upon entry), and strollers.
Booking a Hotel Room in Albuquerque
After you enjoy all that Freedom Fourth has to offer, you’ll need a place to retire for the night. You’ll want to make sure you book a hotel in Albuquerque that’s close to the fairgrounds. Your hotel should also have exceptional amenities, like free Wi-Fi and toiletries. You’ll also want to find a suite in an Albuquerque hotel that offers free made-to-order breakfast in the morning to fuel up for the day ahead!